Westley's Slip From The Hamiltonian Path

I brewed up an extract beer last week. It's an American pale ale hopefully along the lines of Sierra Nevada pale ale. It's fermenting away downstairs with the most wonderful hop aroma coming from it.

Here's the recipe.

Boil Volume: 21L
End Volume:18L

150g Crystal Malt
100g Amber Malt
20g Chocolate Malt

2.3kg Light DME

Steep grains at 66 deg C for 30 minutes

60 minutes
Pioneer 9.2% AA 30g
Centennial 8.2% AA 10g

45 minutes
Centennial 10g

30 minutes
Centennial 8g
Cascade 4.5% AA 10g

15 minutes
Centennial 20g
Cascade 10g

Flame Out
Cascade 20g
Centennial 10g

OG: 1.044

Safale S04

The name and label may need explanation. We were walking along the Royal canal to see Broome Bridge. The great mathematician Hamilton had a flash of inspiration at this bridge and carved the equation for Quaternion multiplication on the bridge. The modern graffiti didn't seem to contain any such flashes of brilliance but it was cool to see the plaque commemorating the event. Just as we reached the bridge the dog decided to jump in the canal. Maybe he figured out some great doggie mathematical problem, we'll never know. I snapped a photo of the smelly soggy doggie and this became the inspiration for the name of the beer.

Meanwhile I bottled my Molly Bloom's Raspberry White Beer last week. As you can see it turned out to be bright pink in colour which is great. It tastes very unusual, quite dry from the fruit and there's lot of flowery chamomile in there which I think may not be a good thing. A bit of carbonation and aging will help this beer a lot though. It will also benefit from being cold. I might open a test bottle tomorrow in celebration of Bloomsday.

5 Responses to "Westley's Slip From The Hamiltonian Path" (Leave A Comment)

The Beer Nut says
June 15, 2009 at 2:49 PM

My favourite thing about Broombridge is the railway station's name in Irish: "Droichead na Scuab". It speaks eloquently of a translator who has lost all passion for his job.

Bionic Laura says
June 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Indeed it does...

Alistair Reece says
June 16, 2009 at 1:51 AM

Sounds like an interesting beer, an American Pale Ale is high on my list of brewing priorities when I get to VA in August and can finally get back to it!

Séan Billings says
June 16, 2009 at 3:10 AM

That Raspberry White is a wonder full colour. I hope it will be making an appearance at a tasting session soon.

Leigh says
June 21, 2009 at 6:43 AM

That beer looks amazing! so bright.