I have read with interest many descriptions of Anchor Steam and I wonder if
anybody out there in the U.S of A would care to make my recipe for a steam
beer (formulated after researching the 'net) and compare it to Anchor steam.
Over here in Oz, I'm never going to see this beer and I'm curious as to how
this stands up.
FWIW, here's the recipe:
4 Kg's pale malt
500g Light Munich malt
250g light crystal malt
150g medium Crystal malt
150g dark Crystal Malt
Heat 8 litres of water to 56C and add grains. Stabilise at 50C and hold for
30mins. Add 5.5 litres boiling water, stabilise at 64C. After 30mins, decoct
2.5-3.0 lites of thick mash and slowly bring to boil, stirring vigorously.
Return to mash and monitor with tincture of iodine until starch conversion
Sparge with 20 litres 76C water - slowly (I take about an hour to sparge).
Collect 25 litres in kettle.
Bring to boil, add 40g Perle (5%AA). After 30 mins add 15g Cascade (6.1%
AA), after a further 15 mins add another 15g Cascade & Irish Moss. After 15
mins add 15g more cascade and turn of heat. Whirlpool for 15mins and strain
through grain bag or muslin cloth into hop-back. (note: all hops are pellets
and are boiled freely in wort - I don't use hop socks as I find the oils go
into the sock, not the wort.) Total boil time is 60 mins.
Cool and pitch Hi-temp Lager yeast (wyeast make one)
O.G. 1.048 - 1050
F.G. 1.010 -1.012
Ferment to two-thirds original gravity, rack to secondary. When fermentation
is complete, Lager at 4C for 10 days then bottle/keg.
I love this beer. I have made 4 batches in the last 12 months and each has
disappeared swiftly. Come on you guys, give it a go - you won't be sorry.