Recipe Date: February, 2012
Type: Extract - AHS Real Ale Fireman's #4 (6B) # 04337
Specialty Grains: .5 lb 2-Row Malt
Extract: 7 lb Extra Pale Extract
60 Minute Hops: 1.5 oz Crystal (4.3 % Alpha Acid)
15 Minute Hops: 1 oz Crystal
5 Minute Hops: .5 oz Crystal
Yeast: White Labs - Dry English Ale 007 - WLP007
OG/FG: 1.050 / 1.012
The fermentation started after less than 12 hours and seemed to almost stop after 3 days. On the fifth day, I racked the beer off to the carboy and let it rest for another 5 days. After moving the carboy to the kitchen counter, I noticed about 1 inch of sediment. It was more than I expected - indicating to me that the fermentation process hadn't stopped completely in the primary fermenter. That's okay, I thought, that was the purpose of the "secondary fermenter".
After 5 days in the secondary, I racked the beer to a keg and let it sit for another 5 days at room temperature (10 psi). Finally, I moved the keg to refrigeration at 30 psi.
This is a very smooth blonde ale. I drank four pints the first night and they went down great. This is a beer that I could drink all evening long and not get tired of the taste. It tastes a lot like Fireman's 4, but with a slight taste of hops (which I like very much). It is also a little darker than the actual Fireman's 4 by Real Ale.