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Offline Triforce

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Guess my brew
« on: November 23, 2015, 05:51:42 PM »
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?

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Re: Guess my brew
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 08:11:23 PM »
I've researched this for a couple of hours, and - if I'm not mistaken - I believe that's beer!

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Re: Guess my brew
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 11:49:51 PM »
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?
« Last Edit: November 23, 2015, 11:55:43 PM by Scott Ickes »
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

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Re: Guess my brew
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2015, 07:06:44 PM »
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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Re: Guess my brew
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015, 08:08:31 PM »
So, no prize?   :'(
Kegs:
 Red IPA
 ESB
 Saison Solera
 Dubel (Aged in Malbec Wine Barrel
Aging:
 80 Shilling (In bourbon barrel)
Bottled
 Peppermint Patty Stout
 Wee Heavy

Scott Ickes
https://creativebrewing.wordpress.com

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Re: Guess my brew
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2015, 08:08:56 PM »
If you lived close enough I'd pour you one! haha