Saturday, July 24, 2010

High Country Canadian Draft w/Pale Export

High Country Canadian Draft w/Pale Export
Features: bold hops, clean and golden draft (4.6% abv)
Price Range: $18.00

Overall Rating: Vary Good

Fuses the bold hop character and clean finish of High Country Canadian Draft with the golden colored continental style of Pale Export UME to make a hoppy lager with added body.

1 Can High Country Canadian Draft (HME)
1 Can Pale Export (UME)
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME)
1 Packet One-Step™ sanitizing cleanser


Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
28 days minimum conditioning at 50-70F
02 days minimum in fridge

Fermentation: 24-Jul/14-Aug (68-72F)
Carbonation : 14-Aug/04-Sep (68-72F)
Conditioning: 04-Sep/25-Sep (50-70F)

Brewer's Comments: "This was my second time brewing this beer, the recipe included 1 can of (HME) and 1 can of (UME). The last time we drank this brew we really like it. It is a great beer to drink on these really hot summer days. It will quench your thirst without knocking you out with too much alcohol in the process".

I'm going to create a lite version of this beer at bottling time by filling a 1 litre PET bottle about 60% with beer from the fermenter and then topping it off with filtered water. I let my brews carbonate for 21 days so it produces a good head and a very tasty, lighter version of the original recipe.


The ingredients used in this recipe require average fermentation and carbonation times in order to allow the yeast to work. I typically allow 3 weeks for fermentation at a constant 70F for all my beer recipes.

Just as in the fermentation process your carbonation times will depend on the complexities of each recipe and the amount of additional ingredients that are added. As a general rule of thumb recipes containing many ingredients will take longer to carbonate than recipes with few ingredients.I let my bottles carbonate for at least 3 weeks before moving them down to the conditioning, or lagering room.

Conditioning, also known as Lagering the beer allows the beer's flavors to fully merge and mature in the bottle before drinking. In a basement, with a consistent year round temperature range of 50-65F, naturally brewed beer can be stored for up to 6-12 months as it will be preserved by the alcohol. Prior to drinking the beer should be refrigerated for 24-48 hours and served cold in a clean glass.

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