I found this Irish red recipe that looked really good, but for one reason or another, I just can’t seem to brew it right.
The first time I brewed it, I didn’t realize it was a 10.5G batch. So I put it in BeerSmith, and noticed that it was going to be black (I had it set up as a 5G recipe). So, not being quite sharp enough to figure out there must be something wrong, I adjusted the grain bill to make it red.
Then I brewed it, and quickly realized something was wrong when I started calculating my sparge and mash water the morning I was brewing it.
Of course, by that time, I had all the grain milled, and it was all mixed up in the bag. I brewed it anyway.
The beer ended up around 3% and really pale and yellow. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
I decided to try it again not too long ago, and now that I’ve tasted it, I realize I did something wrong again. It’s really dark, black really, and has a bit of a roasted malt taste to it. It’s not bad, but it’s not an Irish Red.
I save all of my BeerSmith recipes, and just copy them when I want to brew them again. I think I grabbed the botched recipe, and just scaled it down.
So, it looks like I’ll have to try and make it again. Live and Learn.