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The Younger and the Restlesser (Fountain of Younger Series)

posted May 21, 2012, 9:32 PM by bob yeaw   [ updated May 27, 2012, 3:34 PM by Ben Schielke ]
I'll admit to you right up front - I've still never tried Pliny the Younger.  I don't have patience for the long lines and the lotteries that come with the chance to try this beer.  But, for better or worse, I didn't let that stop me from trying to brew it!  or at least a version inspired by it. When it came to recipe formulation, I used several very helpful resources:

Club Member Nick Ladd's recipe, Younger at Heart
Zymurgy article July/August 2009: "Are you having a Lupulin threshhold shift?" 
The Brewing Networks Sunday Session 8/14/05 episode: Belgian Beers with Vinnie Cilurzo (about the 2 hour mark)

From these resources, I gathered that the PtY malt bill is made up of 2 Row, Carapils and Corn Sugar. I followed this except I added a touch of Munich malt to my version.

Lots of hops!
As for hop selection, I risked trying some new hop varieties. I recently received a pound of Legacy Hops from hopsdirect so decided to use those. Hopsdirect describes Legacy as a Dual purpose hop, with a clean grapefruit, floral, blackcurrant and spicy aroma (7.8% AA).

I thought Apollo and Simcoe would play well with the Legacy hops and used the Amarillo hop shot for my main bittering addition to minimize wort loss in the kettle.  If things are too citrusy at the end of my dry hopping schedule, I may add an ounce of Summit or Chinook - we'll see how it goes!





The Younger and the Restlesser
Author: Bob Yeaw

Size: 6.6 gal
Efficiency: 66%
Original Gravity: 1.090
Terminal Gravity: 1.010 (calculated)
Color: 7.6
Alcohol: 10.3%
Bitterness: 169.9 (calculated, Rager)
Mash Temp: 148 °F

Fermentables:
18.5 lb Great Western Northwest Pale Ale Malt (77.1%)
2.5 lb Munich Malt 10L (10.4%)
2 lb Dextrine Malt (8.3%)
1 lb Corn Sugar (4.2%) – Added to Primary

Hops:
45ml (3 syringes) Amarillo Hop Shots - added during boil, boiled 60 m
.5 oz Simcoe® Leaf (13%) - added during boil, boiled 45 m
1 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added during boil, boiled 20 m
1 oz Simcoe® (12.7%) - added during boil, boiled 20 m
1 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added during boil, boiled 10 m
1 oz Simcoe® (12.7%) - added during boil, boiled 10 m
.75 oz Apollo (17%) - added during boil, boiled 5 m
.75 oz Simcoe® (12.7%) - added during boil, boiled 5 m
.75 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added during boil, boiled 5 m
2 oz Simcoe® (12.7%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
1.25 oz Apollo (17%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
1 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added during boil, boiled 0 m
1 oz Apollo Pellet (17%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days, pull and add second DH
.5 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days, pull and add second DH
2 oz Simcoe® (12.7%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days, pull and add third DH
1.5 oz Amarillo (10.1%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days, pull and add fourth DH
1 oz Apollo (17%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days, pull and add fourth DH
1.5 oz Legacy Leaf (7.8%) - added dry to secondary fermenter for 3 days

Misc.:
1 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 15 m
.5 tsp Wyeast Nutrient - added during boil, boiled 10 m

Yeast & Fermentation:
1200ml starter of  Wyeast 1056 American Ale™ plus WLP090 San Diego Super
Start at 65*F and keep at 64-67*F for first 2/3 of fermentation.  Raise to 68 to finish fermentation.  

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Ben Schielke,
May 21, 2012, 9:32 PM
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