Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sweet Potato Ale

It's rough getting back into the swing of things. I just got into a grad school course that I've been trying to get into since April- I don't understand the bureaucracy, but somehow it always seems to work out. Kicking and screaming. 

One of the most pro moves of my life was to store a couple kegs at my girlfriend's house while we were in DC for the summer. I came back and within a couple days had already gotten A+ beverages on tap. Below is a recipe for my first Sweet Potato Ale. 

I've been making a Pumpkin Ale every year since 2008 and I've got to say, it's getting pretty good. It goes really fast every autumn and I always think I should make more than 5 gallons, but don't. This past year I tried a Sweet Potato Pie and realized that it's not terribly different from Pumpkin Pie and began to wonder if I could make a Sweet Potato Ale- a beer I could make year-round since Sweet Potatoes are always in season. Well, it turns out you can. Everything is the same as my Pumpkin Ale, except for the Sweet Potato, of course. I took it to a party on Sunday and we killed the keg. I only had two beers, so apparently other people liked it, too. 

Sweet Potato Ale


11 lb. Maris Otter
1 lb. Vienna
0.5 lb. White Wheat
0.5 lb. Caramunich

1 oz Mt. Hood 4.2% AA (60 min)
½ oz Gr. Tradition 6.5% AA (10 min)
½ oz Gr. Tradition 6.5% AA (5 min)

1 tbsp Yeast Nutrient (15 min)
1 Whirlfloc Tablet (15 min)

12 oz. Molasses (3 min)
0.33 cups Brown Sugar (3 min)

2 tsp Cinnamon (1 min)
½ tsp Ground Ginger (1 min)
½ tsp Nutmeg (1 min) 
7 cloves (1 min) 

Brewed: December 2012
OG: 1.058

Racked: December 2012
SG: FORGOT TO MEASURE!!!!
Added 10 pounds of Sweet Potatoes. I washed and peeled all the Potatoes, cut them in chunks, shoved all 10 pounds into my Dutch oven and roasted for about 1.5 hours. Then I mashed them (as in: I smashed them into Mashed Potatoes--- not as in the brewing term), put them in a straining bag (IMPORTANT!!!) and racked the beer on top.

Kegged: 12/13/12
FG: 1.010

Tapped: 9/1/13
DELICIOUS! My one concern is that I have no idea how much sugar/alcohol the Sweet Potatoes contribute. It tasted a lot stronger than a 1.058 beer---- not that I'm complaining. 

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