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Offline roguejim

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Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« on: September 26, 2010, 02:00:09 PM »
I had a pint of Smithwicks the other day for the first time, and thought I would take a stab at brewing a reasonable facsimile.  I found this recipe at the Powers Homebrew Website.  It looks okay to me, but I'm unfamiliar with the style.  It also does not indicate IBUs.

Irish Red Ale

5 Gallon Recipe  (OG 1.056)
77% System Efficiency
28 Carbohydrates/16oz
250 Calories/16oz
5.4% ABV

10 pounds British two-row pale Malt
.25 pounds British Roasted Barley
.5 pounds Melanoidin Malt
1 ounce Kent Goldings Hops (30 min)
1 teaspoon Irish Moss (10 min)
1 vial White Labs Irish Ale Yeast

Mash Schedule
153 degrees for 60 minutes
168 degrees for 10 minutes

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Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 06:59:55 AM »
I'd keep looking.

I'd expect some crystal malt or other flavor-enhancing malts, and less roast. 

You can calculate the IBUs by picking an average value for the hops (5.5% or so).  This style should be balanced towards the malt.  The roast will give some dryness in the finish, but it shouldn't have a roasty flavor.
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Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 07:17:23 AM »
It should have a light roast flavor which lends a characteristic dryness in the finish. I think this can be achieved with a very small addition of chocolate malt. Roasted malt will lend too much roastiness IMO.
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Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 06:27:43 AM »
Found this old thread in a search for "Smithwick".  I'm brewing this for my second annual "Holiday Man-Day" on the 21st.  My bro-in-law loves Smithwicks.

Roguejim, I still see you every so often on the forum.  Hope you see this resurrection of your old thread and can let me know how your recipe came out.

I'm looking at this for a 10g batch.

16# Marris Otter
1# Crystal 80
1# Crystal 60
1# Flaked Barley
.22# Roasted Barley
EKG at 60, 20 and 2 with some Fuggles at 2 for 22.4 IBUs
Have some Wyeast 037 in the fridge from a Nut Brown Ale I was going to use instead of Irish Ale-1084.

All thoughts appreciated.

Dave
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Re: Critique this Irish Red Ale Recipe
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 07:11:40 AM »
Found this old thread in a search for "Smithwick".  I'm brewing this for my second annual "Holiday Man-Day" on the 21st.  My bro-in-law loves Smithwicks.

Roguejim, I still see you every so often on the forum.  Hope you see this resurrection of your old thread and can let me know how your recipe came out.

I'm looking at this for a 10g batch.

16# Marris Otter
1# Crystal 80
1# Crystal 60
1# Flaked Barley
.22# Roasted Barley
EKG at 60, 20 and 2 with some Fuggles at 2 for 22.4 IBUs
Have some Wyeast 037 in the fridge from a Nut Brown Ale I was going to use instead of Irish Ale-1084.

All thoughts appreciated.

Dave
Smithwicks is not that red IMO so your color should be spot on.  I prefer Carafa II Special for color in my reds, keeps the roastiness down.  Should be tasty!
I also have use WY-1450 in an Irish Red, not traditional but also very tasty.
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