Thursday 27 June 2024

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale - Official Recipe

We've had a couple of attempts at brewing the Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, and whilst our attempts have been OK, we're still not quite there in terms of accurately replicating this awesome beer.

In a recent breakthrough though, we have stumbled across a post on the Aussiehomebrewer forums where a user claims to have obtained the official recipe from an ex-Stone & Wood brewer.

You can check out the forum thread here - but we'll outline the quoted recipe below;

Original Gravity: 1.043
IBU: 24
Malts: 60% Pilsner Malt, 40% Wheat Malt 
Hops:
Galaxy @ 20 mins - 6 IBU
Galaxy @ 10 mins - 9 IBU
Galaxy @ 5 mins - 9 IBU
Galaxy Dry Hop - 3g/L - 7 Days

Yeast: Safale US-05

Most of this was already known - though we had been using pale malt instead of pilsner. Pilsner makes sense and explains why ours always turned out darker, but the 60/40 split is fairly well known and is what we have used. IBU's were also known, as well as the fact that it uses only Galaxy hops, but having a hop schedule like this certainly helps!

Needless to say, we're going to have another crack at this one very soon. We strongly suspect that our water profile has previously been a shortcoming in getting the flavour and mouthfeel right for this (too much sulfate) so this is something we'll also be addressing in our 3rd attempt at brewing this.

This should provide an excellent starting point for anyone looking to make this themselves.

Full recipe is below;

Vitals

Batch Volume: 23L 
Boil Time: 30 minutes
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%

Original Gravity: 1.043
Final Gravity: 1.009
IBU (Tinseth): 24
BU/GU: 0.57
Colour: 6.1 EBC
Expected ABV: 4.5%

Mash

Temperature: 67°c - 60 minutes
Mash Out: 75°c - 10 minutes

Malts

2.6 kg - Gladfield Pilsner Malt (60%)
1.8 kg - Gladfield Wheat Malt (40%)

Hops

20 mins - Galaxy - 7g - 13.4% (6 IBU)
10 mins - Galaxy - 15g - 13.4% (9 IBU)
05 mins - Galaxy - 30g - 13.4% (9 IBU)
00 mins - Galaxy - 30g - 13.4% (0 IBU)

Dry Hop - Galaxy 70g - 7 days? (3g/L)

Yeast

Fermentis SafAle US-05 (1 packet - dry)

Fermentation

20c for 14 days

Carbonation

2.4 CO2-vol

Water Profile 

Ca2+ (Calcium): 75
Mg2+ (Magnesium): 5
Na+ (Sodium): 10
Cl- (Chloride): 50
SO42- (Sulfate): 150
HCO3- (Bicarbonate): 0


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