Whenever I brew or talk about brewing, I have a few family members that always ask, "When are you going to brew the pineapple beer again?" I've said in previous posts that I have yet to rebrew the same recipe. Well, I finally gave in to the pressure.
This recipe is pretty simple. A few pounds of 2 row, a little 20L, and Chico yeast. I decided to try out Safale's US-05 dry yeast on this batch. I didn't write down how much pineapple I added last time, so I decided to follow the 2 pounds per gallon rule I've heard several times on Basic Brewing Radio. I ended up getting crushed pineapple instead of chunked since it was cheaper and came in convenient 1 pound cans. Big mistake. The crushed pineapple was very fine, not nearly as simple as the chunks. The additional sugars kicked of a second fermentation, and in less than 30 minutes I was having to punch down the fruit cap with the back of a spoon. I ended up having to do this about 7 times in 3 hours. Even though I replaced the airlock with a blowoff tube, the stopper was getting clogged. Now, the pineapple flesh has settled, but it is very loose. Not sure how racking is going to go.
Using canned pineapple makes sense to me. This beer is all about the pineapple flavor/aroma. Boiling/pasteurizing would cause some of this to be lost, and I'd have to process my own pineapple.
2 lbs 4 oz 2-row Barley Malt
4 oz Crystal 20L
2 lbs Crushed Pineapple (canned)
target temp 150°F
starting temp 151°F
final temp 146°F
preboil: 2.5 gallons @ 1.028
20g "Magic Hop Dust" @ 60 minutes
10g "Magic Hop Dust" @ 13 minutes
10g "Magic Hop Dust" @ 0 minutes
("Magic Hop Dust" is Austin Homebrew's way to sell the debris leftover when they break up bales of hops. This batch was estimated to have 7% Alpha Acid)
1 packet Safale US-05 "American Ale" Yeast
//sprinkled directly into wort, per instructions
OG 1.045 (not sure why it was so low compared to preboil)
Hour long cooling rest at 98°F because I got stuck on the phone with my insurance company
Bottled one plain Pale Ale on 9/24/12 (no priming sugar, hopefully it wasn't finished)