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Guess my brew

Triforce

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So I did my first 5 gal. extract brew and it came out way better than I expected, but I really don't know what I have (and I don't want to say what I think to avoid influencing opinions!)

Recipe:
6.5 lbs light LME (but it was a little old and darkened quite a bit)
1 lb caramel malt - 30 min steep 150F
0.4 lb chocolate malt - 30 min steep 150F
1oz Hallertau 60 min
1oz Hallertau 15 min
Ale yeast

Any guesses?
 

durrettd

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I've researched this for a couple of hours, and - if I'm not mistaken - I believe that's beer!
 

Scott Ickes

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I looks like it's an Irish Red Ale to me.

You didn't say what type of caramel malt, so I went with 60L.  You also didn't say what type of Chocolate Malt, so I went with 350SRM.  You also didn't give the AA% of the hops, so I went with 4.8%.  The color looked like a nice Irish Red Ale, and when I put that style in, all of the numbers lined up nicely!  On the higher end for OG, so it should be nice and malty, the way I like my Irish Red Ales!

The only thing that sticks out is the Chocolate Malt.  Usually and Irish Red Ale will have some roasted barley, instead of the chocolate malt.  I usually use EKG hops, but you can't go wrong with the Hallertau either.

I attached the recipe the way I put it in...

Did I win anything?
 

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Triforce

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Good guesses on the malts. Unfortunately my LHBS doesn't carry much variety, so things are labeled as "caramel" and "chocolate" malts without any other indicators. I think you're bang on with the caramel 60, no clue on the chocolate.

As for hops, they were hallertauer, so AA% should have been around 5% if I'm not mistaken. Maybe even 5.5%.

The original intention was to follow a recipe for a bock and sub in ale yeast since I don't have anything to lager properly. It's definitely to dark to be a red, so I've been calling it a brown ale when serving it out. It's definitely more malty than hoppy, but pretty balanced.

Thanks for playing! 
 
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