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Waldo Lake Amber All-Grain Kit


SKU# U1964

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Developed for NB by Mr. Denny Conn, this American Amber Ale is brewed with a classic combo of northwest hops offset by a dense, chewy, caramelly sweetness and a big finish.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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Waldo Lake, 5,400-odd feet up in the Cascade Mountains, is the second-largest non-alkali lake in Oregon. Waldo Lake Amber, developed for NB by Mr. Denny Conn, is the number one largest American Amber Ale in our kit lineup! Weighing in at just a titch above the BJCP's stated gravity range, this A3 shows off a brilliant russet-amber with a cap of white and draws you in with a nose of citrus, lemongrass, and malt. A classic combo of northwest hops offsets a dense, chewy, caramelly sweetness and gets you ready for a big finish.

Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Denny's Notes

I know some crazy people, but one of the craziest is my good friend Mel Lemay. Every year, she runs the Where's Waldo 100K Ultramarathon around Waldo Lake in the Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. The race starts at an elevation of 5120 feet, and goes to over 7800 feet at points. There's a total of over 11,000 feet of elevation change over the course of the race. You have to be crazy to do that! Several of us go camping at the lake to give moral support when she runs and I developed this recipe to her tastes so she'd have something to look forward to at the end of the race. Its a smooth amber ale... not too hoppy, but with enough bitterness and hop flavor that the rest of us enjoy it too. The Magnum hops give it a smooth, mellow bitterness, with flavor from the first wort hop Cascades and a wonderful nose from the Centennial. The Carared gives it a nice malt flavor Ive never gotten any other way. And the Wyeast 1450 Dennys Favorite 50 smooths out the mouthfeel to complement the flavor. You certainly dont have to be crazy to enjoy this beer, but it sure doesnt hurt!

Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Waldo Lake Amber All-Grain Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1063
Total Time to Make6 weeks
4.6 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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Great Beer
This is my first go at all grain, and I was not disappointed! After 2 weeks in primary 2 weeks in secondary and 1 week in bottles, this is one of the best beers I've tried. Its very balanced. I'll have another!
September 2, 2016
Grand Prize winner- Thanks Denny!
I've done this recipe twice. Changed it only by adding 1oz. Centennials as a Dry hop. I thought it was pretty good, but wasn't sure how good. So, I submitted it to the Maine Homebrewers Competition. Grand Prize ! (I don't have my score sheet yet to see the #). Remarks from one of the judges were that it was the overwhelming favorite in both rounds. Well balanced, very enjoyable. And as we say in Maine: Wicked Good!
March 27, 2016
Just tapped the keg for this brew. I'll be drinking another one momentarily. Wow. Thick, malty, but with a subtle bitterness, this is a winning amber. Love the touch of melanoidin malt--it adds very positively to this recipe. Gravity finished on the high side at 1024, but that ain't no thing. This is a perfectly enjoyable amber, although perhaps better suited for the cooler months of fall. One note: in several of the recipe kits I've ordered from NB recently, including this one, the grains have been milled too fine, and I've gotten stuck mashes. Not a big deal, but it is an inconvenience. It would be a good idea to order some rice hulls to throw in the mash to guard against this. Anyway, thanks Denny.
June 17, 2014
I brew about 40 batches a year and this is beer is going to beer one I will always have on tap. The flavor description is spot on. Big chewy caramel & malt with enough hops to balance. I love English Pale ales with their caramel punch but I also love American hops. This beer is kind of a hybrid between those 2 styles. It's a little too big and hoppy to really be an amber ale so I'd call this a "hop head's" amber ale. Denny's Favorite (WY 1450) really brings this beer to life. I wouldn't substitute any other yeast...Its just not the same beer.
November 15, 2012
Give it time!
I brewed this back in March '12 and this brew day was an example of "if it can go wrong it will". I mashed and sparged but my burner (regulator) did not work. My wort sat for almost 2.5 hours (With first wort hop addition) as I tried to get the burner working. Finally I gave up and boiled on my stove, which has a VERY hard time keeping 6gallons of wort boiling. In the end the young beer was pretty hoppy, but still good. After about four months it's finally showing it's complexity and is becoming a very good beer. The malt is coming through and the balance is perfect! Overall, excellent beer but give it time. I'll try this again next summer so it can age before the cold weather sets in- it will be a great fall/Autumn beer.
August 19, 2012
Great malty flavor balanced well with the hops. I agree with previous posts regarding the aging... the longer the better. Not a session beer but deffinately the "desert" after a good session. :-) This one is up near the top of my favorites.
April 8, 2012
Nicely balanced beer
I agree with one of the above reviews, it's stronger than a session beer but not very strong either in taste or strength. A nice balance between the malt and hops, I opened one after one week in the bottle as i usually do just to taste test it and it was a 3 star that day. Definitely give it at least 4 weks in the bottle to really develop its full taste but like I said even after one week it was good. Of note, they recommend a yeast starter. I was really busy with some things that week and never got around to making one, used the Safale yeast and just sprinkled it in and it came out good. Just passing this on so if you forget the starter or don't have the time I would not worry about it. I am crossed at a 4 or 5 star, marked the 4 above but in reality I'll go with 4.5. Still have some left that I am letting sit so depending how they age it may go up to the 5 rating.
February 4, 2012
Thanks for nothing
I was very excited 'bout this one...Racked to keg after 4 weeks and was surprised to see that it was pale yellow. Wow, they sent me a bag of unknown grains. What a waste of my time and money.Thanks
February 1, 2012
Let it age
I started drinking this batch about 5 weeks after brewing. I'm now 3 months from the brew date and the keg is empty. The change with time really improved this beer. Sweet malty flavors, but not over powering. Hops are just right. Will brew this one again.
January 21, 2012
A stunning beer! When I think of craft brewing, this is the taste I yearn for. I'm so glad I found this recipe. Great colour. So FULL of flavour! I think one of the other reviews was right when it said it must have been calculated with low efficiencies. I easily met my numbers. Beautiful!! A work of art!
November 23, 2011
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