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Old 12-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Old Ale - To Rum or to Bourbon?

Recenly I brewed an Old(e) Ale style beer...

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82% Pale Malt (Maris Otter)
9% Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L
4% Dark Muscovado Sugar
4% Molasses
1% Organic Chocolate Malt

120min boil

60 min - 3.0oz Fuggles
15 min - 1.5oz Fuggles

Wyeast (9097) - Old Ale Blend

@1.133 OG

I have both 3oz of medium toast oak cubes sitting in 8yr dark rum and 3oz of the same cubes, sitting in Maker's Mark.

I'm not sure if I should go with the rum or the Mark for the secondary... I'm also not sure how long I should leave the oak in there for... or if I should package the whole thing up into a keg and let it sit a year.

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Anyone done a dark rum old ale before?
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i vote barbancourt.

but, i'm partial to rum.

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That's what I'm thinking... that said, with all of the muscovado sugar and molasses, I don't know if any flavor from the rum would actually come through.

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I have had lots of rum soaked stuff on our talk like a pirate day, pirate themed home brew comp. Strangely everyone infused rum into the beer or on oak chips or both. It is different than the bourbon aged stuff and I like those as well. If you have never done the rum do that. Besides there are lots of bourbon aged beers you can prob buy.

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Besides there are lots of bourbon aged beers you can prob buy.
I do try to brew the things I can't commercially buy... so that's probably a good idea.
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I think you are right about the rum flavors being buried in the ale profile; it is not the right beer for rum, but if you are really partial too it, go for it.

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I personally do not find that Rum or Gin mesh well with virtually any beer. Brandy and Whiskies can work really well, however, whisky moreso than brandy.

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it is not the right beer for rum
So what beer style is right for rum?
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i personally think it's the perfect beer for a rum, especially for the barbancourt 8yr

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I personally do not find that Rum or Gin mesh well with virtually any beer.
The Rogue Jon Jon ale with juniper berries was pretty drinkable - but I've never tried adding gin to a beer before.

Lately, I found myself drinking a lot of old ales. Old Curmudgeon and NC Old Stock 2011 instantly spring to mind... and of course, Fruet from Bruery.

I like Fruet a lot, but the $30 price tag gives me the red-a$$... thus my little Old Ale project, here.
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