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Old 02-21-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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I was just reading the description for Simpson's golden naked Oats, and it states that it is recommended for brewing bitter and other pale styles. I was always under the impression that oats were only to be used in dark beers because they result in a lot of haze. Whats up w/ this? anybody ever brew a pale beer w/ oats?

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Old 02-21-2009, 04:10 PM   #2
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Technically they should be in dark beers for the haze reason. However they give a great creamy mouthfeel that overrides The Haze IMO.

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Old 02-21-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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I have an Extract Kit American Cream ale that I PM'ed a half pound of toasted flaked oats in. Mostly because I was dying to mash something! When I racked to the secondary, I was blown away by the color and body of it. I was inspired to add some honey to the secondary, leaving me with a Toasted Oat Honey Ale. Sounds like a breakfast beer to me!

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I have an Extract Kit American Cream ale that I PM'ed a half pound of toasted flaked oats in. Mostly because I was dying to mash something! When I racked to the secondary, I was blown away by the color and body of it. I was inspired to add some honey to the secondary, leaving me with a Toasted Oat Honey Ale. Sounds like a breakfast beer to me!

+1 on the mouthfeel overriding the haze.
Did you toast the oats yourself?
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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Used in moderation, haze isn't really an issue. The literature tells us 1-3% of the grist can be flaked oats, though I've used flaked oats up to 5% without haze issue. I've used oat malt up to 10% without haze problems.

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I did toast the oats myself, just stuck them in the oven at 375 for 45 minutes. I am going to bottle it next weekend. Giving an extra week in the secondary since I hear honey is slow to ferment.

By the way NQ3X - Coal Porter is a brilliant name for a beer.

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oats are the secret ingredient in my Brackish Ale.

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Don't worry about haze. Flavor and mouthfeel outway the bad.

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By the way NQ3X - Coal Porter is a brilliant name for a beer.
Thanks! Though I can't take credit for the name. I got it from Black Rock Brewery & Restaurant (see the connection?), where I brewed for a while. In fact, the recipe is a scaled-down version of the 3.5bbl batch.

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