Batch No. 6 – Aidan’s Slutty Red

Aidan's Slutty Red

Roll over Mac's Sassy Red, here comes Aidan's Slutty Red

One of my favorite commercial beers here in New Zealand is Mac’s Sassy Red so I decided to have a go at making something similar. I found a recipe for an approximation called ‘Slutty Red‘ and I converted it for extract brewing and made a few mods based on ingredients available and getting some good advice on the home brewing forums.

The main hops flavour in Sassy Red comes from Motueka hops. These used to be known as ‘B Saaz’ hops (as they were bred by crossing Saaz with New Zealand breeding selection), and hence the name ‘Sassy Red’ for a Saazy beer.

One new experimental thing I did in this batch was using a pre-hopped kit as part of the fermentables. Why? Cost – the unhopped malt extract in either dry or liquid format costs significantly more than a corresponding amount of pre-hopped kit. I reckon it’s a supply and demand thing – more people are buying the kits than malt extract. So I used a can of Coopers Lager as it is one of the lighter ones available. Since it is already hopped I factored this into my bitterness calculations using the handy Kit & Extract Beer Designer. With most of the bittering coming from the Coopers can, I went with a 30 min boil instead of the usual 60 min as I was primarily just doing flavour & aroma hop additions after steeping the specialty grains.

So here’s the recipe and beer profile:

Weyermann CaraAroma – 0.15 kg
Weyermann Caramunich II – 0.15 kg
Dark Crystal – 0.05 kg
Pale Chocolate Malt – 0.05 kg

Other Fermentables:
Light dry malt extract – 1.5 kg
Coopers Lager kit – 1.7 kg

Pacific Jade – 10g @ 30 Mins
Motueka – 5g @ 30 Mins
Motueka – 15g @ 20 Mins
Motueka – 20g @ 10 Mins
Motueka – 40g @ 0 Mins
Motueka – 20g DRY HOPPED

Expected Profile
OG – 1.046
IBU – 45.2
FG – 1.012
EBC – 23.7
%alc – 4.8

I’ve been a bit slack about updating the site recently so it’s actually a few weeks since I brewed this batch and I bottled it last week. I tasted it at bottling time and it’s very promising indeed. Looking forward to doing a side by side taste test with a Slutty Red and a Sassy Red.


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    • mike on 21 June 2011 at 9:13 pm
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    Hi Aidan. Enjoying reading your journal entries. I’ve been looking for an APA recipe…having tried and enjoyed a Tuatara APA in a bar in Wellington at Easter. How did your APA recipe turn out ? (Jan 6th) . Would you make it again as is or what would you change. I’m impresssed with the research you’ve done.

      • on 27 June 2011 at 11:17 pm
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      Hi Mike,
      Thanks for the comment. The APA was a very good batch (I assume you’re referring to this one), one of my best. Cascade are nice hops. Next batch of APA I’m planning to also add ammerillo which I’ve heard is a great combination with cascade. Really you can’t go wrong ith cascade if you like APA. I must write up a review of all the beers I’ve done, haven’t posted in awhile.

    • Dave on 19 February 2012 at 1:07 pm
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    I’m about half way thru brewing this and I just realised that nowhere does it mention a final volume!!!!

      • on 19 February 2012 at 4:20 pm
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      Its a standard 23L batch

        • Dave on 22 February 2012 at 1:23 pm
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        Choice, thats what I got by adding water until I got the OG about right!

        Any update on how its drinking now that its been nearly a year since you posted it?

          • on 22 February 2012 at 1:50 pm
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          It turned out one of my better batches so it got drunk up pretty fast. So I did another batch but wen with a partial mash the second time around, no Coopers kit. It’s good too but I actually prefer the first version as it was more bitter and had more of the motueka hops character coming through. See I forgot to dry hop the second batch and decided to go ahead and bottle it instead of waiting another week for dry hopping. So the motueka hops are not shining through like on the first batch. When I do it again I’ll up the motueka a bit, make it more slutty than sassy!

          Let us know how yours turns out.

    • Dave Petty on 23 March 2012 at 10:05 am
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    Hi, Have done 2 batches of your slutty red, the 1st one as above, beautiful drop, I have just kegged a 2nd batch but this time sustituted the lager can with a draught can, and is even better.

      • on 23 March 2012 at 10:22 am
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      Great to hear Dave! I’ve done 2 batches as well, the second one being a partial mash version. I expected the second one to be the better of the two but it was actually the first one with the can of Coopers that came out the best. It was one of my favourites of what I’ve brewed. Well I neglected to dry hop the the second batch and it didn’t carry as much punch in the hops department as it should have. I also found the can of Coopers adds quite a bit of bittering in addition to the hops in the recipe which I think suits this beer.

    • Jonny on 18 October 2013 at 3:52 pm
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    Reviving an old post – but what was your boil volume, and what was the batch volume?

      • on 18 October 2013 at 4:02 pm
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      Hi Jonny, from memory it was my standard batch volume of 23L. Boil was just a small volume boil, maybe around 4-5 litres, just for purpose of hops additions since there was no base grain in this (only steeped speciality grains).

    • Stephen on 18 July 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    Hi there, bit of a late revival of an old thread but was going to have a go at your slutty red extract brew next weekend and wondered if you had made any changes over time? Will be my second extract brew and looking forward to getting it into bottles!

    1. Hi Stephen,
      I’ve done 2 other variations on it and But I think this first version was my favorite. If you really like hops you could bump up the Motueka hops a bit.

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