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Ruby Clone All-grain
ABV5.40 %
BJCP Style
21. Fruit Beer, Fruit Beer
This is my clone of McMenamins Ruby ale. The breweries are located throughout Oregon and Washington. They make a great raspberry flavored pale ale which has a nice light reddish color. While the recipe is printed on their web site, they only give minimal details how it is made. They use pale malt and 55# of raspberries per 220 gallon batch. I use 6# of raspberries per 5 gallon batch. Mine is a little stronger since I use more grains, but the flavor and color is almost identical. The hardest part for me was getting the haze. I was told it was from the yeast. Well no, it is not. It is caused by boiling the fruit. Read my procedure to learn how this is done. This took me 6 months to get it right! And BTW, I don't care who says to never boil fruit, because I did it and I got what I wanted.
Submitted by aaron on 04-May-2006

Recipe Details
Tasting Notes
Boil Volume 7.00 gallons
Boil Time 60 minutes
Batch Size 5.00 gallons
Yeast Wyeast 1098 (75% app. attenuation)
Primary Fermentation Bucket for 1 week
Secondary Fermentation Carboy for 1 wek
Other Fermentation
Procedure Heated 3.5 gallons to 168F to allow 20F heat loss for my mash tun. Aimed for 148F to give lighter body and allowing for 1 gallon to evaporate. Strike temperature ended up 150F using 10 qts (2.5 gallons). Mashed for 1 hour. Heated 5.5 gallons of water to 175F for sparging, allowing 1 gallon for evaporation and 5F for temperature loss during transfer. Sparged for 35 minutes. Final gravity reading during sparge: 1.005, I concluded with 6.5 gallons of mash, although 6 gallons would be plenty. Boiled for 1 hour. Added 1 oz halletaur for 60 minutes, no aroma hops because I wanted the scent of the raspberries to come through. Cooled to 80F and pitched yeast. Racked to primary for 1 week. Then I took 6# of raspberries along with 1/2 gallon water and boiled raspberries for 5-10 minutes (this gives the hazy appearance), cooled down to 90F, dumped berries in 6 gallon bucket (a 5 gallon isn't enough), then racked beer over the top. Let sit for 1 week. Rack between 2 buckets AT LEAST twice to remove sediment and pulp or you will quickly plug your keg. Once it has been racked a few times (I go for 3), keg it, and you now have a McMenamins Ruby clone! OG=1.038, FG=1.002, ABV=4.6%
  Style Comparison
  Low   High
OG 1.044
FG 1.002
IBU 15
ABV 5.40
% Weight Weight (lbs) Grain Note Gravity Points Color
100.0 % 8.00 American Two-row Pale 44.4 1.8
  8.00     44.4  
% Wt Weight (oz) Hop Note Form AA% AAU Boil Time Utilization IBU
100.0 % 1.00 Hallertau Whole/Plug 3.6 3.6 60 0.273 14.7
  1.00               15.0
Miscellaneous Ingredients
Weight/Units Name Notes
6# raspberries boil for 5-10 mins, add to secondary