If you understand a bit of German, you'll be wondering what the hell kind of beer is named like toilet/urinal fresheners. Well, my beer of course. While in Palm Springs last March, I introduced some of my colleagues to the delights of American Pale Ale, with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale being the mainstay (there was a ready supply in the hotel). My colleague, Markus, said the aroma reminded him of Klostein, or toilet/urinal blocks, and every new pale ale he tried would be get a "Klostein" comment -- with a nod of approval I might add -- if it fell into the category of big, citrusy hop flavours. I began to agree! Anyway, as Markus and a few others have a preference for the paler, more hop-driven ales I make myself, I promised the next one I'd make would be pale, C-hop-driven and would have to be named Klosteiner. Classy!
I hadn't made a beer in three months after a glut of brewing while my wife was away in February, so even she said I should do a brew! It's fermenting away happily, and will be well finished by the time we return from our two week holiday in Ireland which begins on Saturday.
And for the brewing geeks, here's the very simple recipe.
Bitten Bullet Klosteiner
Size: 22.5 L
Original Gravity: 1.055 (measured)
Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (estimated)
Color: 25.49 EBC
Bitterness: 39.3 IBU
4.4 kg Pale Ale Malt
500 g CaraCrystal
11 g Chinook (11.2%) - boiled 60 min
11 g Chinook (11.2%) - boiled 25 min
11 g Centennial (7.2%) - boiled 20 min
12 g Centennial (7.2%) - boiled 15 min
1 tsp Irish Moss - boiled 15 min
24 g Centennial (7.2%) - boiled 5 min
12 g Centennial (7.2%) - boiled 0 min
Infusion mash at 66C for an hour, with a mashout/batch sparge at 78C. Done!
Considering dry hopping with some cascade in the primary just before we leave.