Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jamaica Mon'

Brewing: Jamiaca Mon'
Features: smooth, malty and delicious (6.0% abv)
Price Range: $20.00

Overall Rating: Brewed On 12-Jun-2010

A palm tree, a steel drumbeat, waves crashing softly on the beach, and a frosty mug of this coppery malt ale, and you're in paradise. Brew it now and enjoy it all summer, or year-round! Yeah Mon!

Jamaica Mon'
1 Can Classic American Blonde Ale
1 Can Mellow Amber UME
1 Pouch Booster™
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix)

Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
21 days minimum conditioning at 55-70F
02 days minimum in fridge

Fermentation: 12-Jun/03-Jul
Carbonation : 03-Jul/24-Jul
Conditioning: 24-Jul/14-Aug (55-70F)

Brewer's Comments:
This will be the second Caribbean style beer I have ever brewed. I sampled this brew before bottling and it will make a nice refreshing drink on a hot summer day. I've added this recipe to my reorder list already, this will be one of my favorite warm weather beers.


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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