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Old 06-19-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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I brewed this beer, which is now in my glass:

Recipe: Safale Pale
Style: 8A-English Pale Ale-Standard/Ordinary Bitter

Recipe Overview
Wort Volume Before Boil: 8.00 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.00 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.00 US gals
Water Added: 0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.00 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 4.25 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.030 SG
Expected OG: 1.041 SG
Expected FG: 1.011 SG
Expected ABV: 3.9 %
Expected ABW: 3.1 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 25.6
Expected Color: 4.0 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 72.9 %
Mash Efficiency: 90.0 %
Boil Duration: 60.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 70 degF

Fermentables
US Pale Ale Malt (Briess) 6lb 10oz (90.9 %) In Mash/Steeped
White Wheat Malt (Rahr) 300g (9.1 %) In Mash/Steeped

Hops
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 40 g Loose Pellet Hops used All Of Boil
UK Fuggle (4.0 % alpha) 30 g Loose Pellet Hops used 5 Min From End

Other Ingredients
Whirlfloc Tablet 1 used In Boil
Servomyces 1 used In Boil

Yeast: DCL S-04-SafAle

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (68C/154F) w/Mash-Out
Step: Rest at 154 degF for 60 mins
Step: Raise to and Mash out at 168 degF for 25 mins
It's a very simple, clean, light beer. Honestly, I'm extremely pleased with it, especially for a "throw it together from what I had" recipe. I have never brewed a beer this light, and it has an odd grainyness in the top palate when you exhale after taking a drink.

It's not present in the aroma before taking a drink, or during on the palate, or after swallowing. But then if you take a breath and exhale through the nose (I often do this to get a "reflection" on the bittering hops aroma when tasting), you get this pronounced, raw sort of bready/grainy sensation in the nose. It smells bready and feels grainy if that makes any sense. I noticed this in the post-fermentation gravity sample as well, so this is not an artifact of packaging.

This is both the lightest beer I have ever brewed, as well as the first and only time I have done acid adjustments to the mash and the sparge.

Any thoughts? Does anyone recognize this? Tannin extraction? DMS perhaps?

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:02 AM   #2
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:12 AM   #3
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Here's some good info. I've always thought of tanins as the sensation on your tongue when you peel the skin off a grape and then kind of crush the grape skin with your frint teeth.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/taste-tannins-110500/

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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Thanks for that link! Definitely not tannin extraction then. DMS maybe? Seems weird to be getting that with pale ale malt on a 60 minute full boil though.

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Old 06-19-2012, 01:26 AM   #5
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I think you are referring to what's known as flavor.

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Probably not DMS- that presents as more of a cooked veggie or creamed corn

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I think you are referring to what's known as flavor.
That made me laugh.
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Pale Ale Malt (not 2-row) plus wheat mashed at 154 will give you more mouthfeel than you may expect from a lightly colored beer. Chances are you're just tasting malt and the silk from the wheat.

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Pale Ale Malt (not 2-row) plus wheat mashed at 154 will give you more mouthfeel than you may expect from a lightly colored beer. Chances are you're just tasting malt and the silk from the wheat.
Yes, you have succeeded in making a good tasting beer. Assuming you like it.
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You guys crack me up

Seriously though, the aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression are all very good. I'm pleased with it! That said, I've had an awful lot of good beer in my life with a good majority of them being "session" scale and this thing I'm describing is something I've never experienced even once. I'm pretty stoked that nobody's like "oh yeah, obviously there was a groundhog in your mash, I've had that" or some other crazy flaw. Now it's an adventure! If it doesn't change with age, I'll ship out some bottles for tasting

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