Big Mountain Ale 5 Gallon
A tribute to our Brewmaster Zach's first-ever homebrew. This was a recipe brewed over 20 years and still stands the test of time as a must brew for any new homebrewer. This beer has it all, full of malt flavor, just the perfect amount of bitterness from the hops along with an amazing aroma. If you are looking for your next favorite brew this is it. The perfect brew to drink all year round! While your drinking one, raise a glass to Zach for bringing this recipe all the way from Vermont to Mr. Beer, Cheers!
WHAT YOU GET
1 Can of Coopers European Lager HME
1 Can of Coopers Amber Malt
3 Packets of BRewMax LME Golden
2 Packets of Carapils Malt
3 Packets of Fuggle Hops
2 Packets of Northern Brewer Hops
2 Packets of Cluster Hops
1 Packet S-04 Dry Ale Yeast
3 Muslin Hop Sacks
2 Packets of No-Rinse Cleanser
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Original Gravity: 1.063
Final Gravity: 1.016
SRM: (Color): 8
IBU: (Bitterness): 30
STEP 1: SANITIZING
Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:
1. Fill clean fermenter with 8 liters (2 Gallons) of warm water, then add 1 pack of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved.
2. Use your measuring cup to scoop the liquid up and run it down the side of the Coopers Fermenter. Do this around the entire fermenter a few times. Then add your krousen kollar and repeat. Then take some of the solution and pour it into the lid and allow it to sit for 2 minutes. (If you have a different fermenter sanitizing may be different.)
3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds, and then close.
4. Pour some of the solution from the fermenter into a large bowl. You need enough to fully cover your brewing utensils. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener, and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in the cleaning solution prior to use. Any remaining solution in your fermenter can be discarded.
5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the fermenter, proceed immediately to brewing.
STEP 2: BREWING
Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.
1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, (not needed for this recipe) then place the unopened cans and LMEs in hot tap water.
2. Add both packets of Carapils malt to one of the muslin sacks and tie it closed so that the grain may flow freely within the bag. Trim away the excess.
3. Add 8 cups of water to a 1 gallon or larger pot. Bring the temperature of this water up to 155-160 degrees. Add your sack of grains to this water and hold the temperature between 145-155, for 30 minutes.
4. While your grains are steeping, add 2 packets of Fuggle Hops, 1 packet of Northern Brewer Hops, and 1 packet of Cluster Hops to a hop sack and tie closed so that the hops have enough room to expand, trim away the excess. Set aside.
5. Then add the remaining packets of Fuggle Hops, Northern Brewer, and cluster hops to a hop sack and tie closed so that the hops have enough room to expand, and trim away the excess. Set aside. (Keep track of which bag is which)
6. Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the grain bag from your pot and rinse the grain bag with one cup of hot water, allowing the run-off to drain into the pot, do not squeeze the bag. Discard grains. Remove the Pot from heat.
7. Add in all 3 packets of LME as well as the can of liquid Amber malt and stir until thoroughly mixed. Once mixed, bring this mixture to a low rolling boil. While it is heating up continue to stir to prevent the liquid malts from scorching on the bottom of the pot.
8. Once you have reached a low rolling boil add in the first hop sack with double the Fuggle Hops and the single packets of Northern Brewer Hops, and Cluster Hops and let this boil for 20-minutes.
9. Once 20 minutes is up, add in the second hopsack containing only the remaining 3 packets and remove the pot from heat.
10. Open the can of European lager Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
11. Fill your fermenter with enough cold water to cover the spigot hole. Approximately 1-2 gallons of water.
12. Pour the wort including the hop sacks into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to 5 gallons or 19 liters by adding more cold water.
13. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.
14. Sprinkle the S-04 Dry Ale yeast packet into the fermenter, and place on the lid. Do not stir.
Place your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.
STEP 3: BOTTLING & CARBONATING
After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.
1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill 3 1-gallon containers with warm water, then split the remaining pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser between them and mix until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.
2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.
3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide.
4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.
5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.
6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation.
TIP FROM OUR BREWMASTERS
After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it.
This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer