Sunday, December 18, 2011

Deschutes "Jubeleale" Clone




This seasonal ale arrives every year along with the first cold of the season in Fall. It is a hearty deep amber/red ale that has a medium body and warms the palate with rich caramel flavors that ride along on a delicious hoppy flavor and aroma of citrus. Needless to say, I love this beer as it brings together for me some of my favorite aspects of beers, namely the blending of roastey stout and citrusy pale ale flavors. On the website for Deschutes, a section is devoted to homebrewers where partial recipes for all of their brews are given, as they say, "Temps, times and weights are the mystery!" I veered from their recipe with the hops I had on hand. You can find their website here:
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/brews/homebrew-recipes

Recipe:

Jubelale Clone
10-B American Amber Ale
Date: 12/4/2011
Size: 1.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 260.72 kcal per 12.0 fl oz
Original Gravity: 1.078 (1.045 - 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.019 (1.010 - 1.015)
Color: 21.04 (10.0 - 17.0)
Alcohol: 7.71% (4.5% - 6.0%)
Bitterness: 62.7 (25.0 - 40.0)
Ingredients:
1.5 lb Dry Light Extract
.11 lb 2-Row Carapils® Malt
.3 oz Roasted Barley
.24 lb American Caramel 120°L
.15 lb Caramel Malt 80L
.25 oz Northern Brewer (9.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60 m
.2 oz East Kent Goldings (5.7%) - added during boil, boiled 15.0 m
.2 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 15 m
.2 oz East Kent Goldings (5.7%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
.2 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
.1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
.1 oz East Kent Goldings (5.7%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
0.0 ea White Labs WLP002 English Ale
Schedule:
Ambient Air: 70.0 °F
Source Water: 60.0 °F
Elevation: 0.0 m
Notes
Ferment @ 65 degrees.
OG: 1.052
Boiled .75lb dme in a pint of water, then added to batch.
New OG: 1.074
The dme burned for a few seconds on the stove before I caught it. I am worried it will add a burnt flavor to the batch. Nevermind, it tastes great already! There are no burnt flavors at all. I predict this brew to be nice and rich and a little malt forward, woohoo, catastrophe avoided!
12-11-11 Added .15 oz cascade hops & .10 oz U.S. Goldings hops to dry hop with. It tastes young and has small chocolate colored flakes floating on the top of the wort. It has only been a week, it is most likely yeast as it doesn't taste weird at all.
12-18-11 - Bottled today, the final gravity was 1.018. I added 1 tablespoon of sugar per 12oz bottle. This is 8 times too much and I think I will let this ferment out and then add sugar again to carbonate once it has finished fermenting. This will let the ale be at around 8.7% abv, before the final fermentation to carbonate the bottles.
12-23-11 - I have resorted to opening the caps on each bottle just enough to let the co2 pressure out. I will keep doing this every week for three weeks until all carbonation is gone. Then I will recarbonate with the appropriate 1/2 tsp of sugar per 12 oz bottle.
1-4-12 - I popped the cap on one bottle and found very little carbonation. I am worried that the yeast is pooping out and that the batch won't finish fermenting the priming sugar. I will just wait and see.
In the picture below you can see small chocolate colored lumps floating in the kettle. The biggest lump looks amazingly similiar to a dry hopping bag! I was alarmed at first but the taste and smell warrented no need to worry. It seems the yeast just grouped together at the surface of the brew.
Tasting Notes
12/04/2011 -
The dme burned for a few seconds on the stove before I caught it. I am worried it will add a burnt flavor to the batch. Nevermind, it tastes great already! There are no burnt flavors at all. I predict this brew to be nice and rich and a little malt forward, woohoo, catastrophe avoided!

1-4-12 -
This beer is extremely flavorful and complex. The flavor upfront is dark malt followed by delicious hop flavor. It finishes too sweet right now becasue it isn't done carbonating in the bottle. If it does finish I am confident it will turn out to be one of my best so far!

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