so, it was my third batch. It's been two months by now, the beer is in bottles for two weeks.
I experimented with it.
I soaked in water and then roasted some pale malt. This procedure that I found somewhere on the net has provided me a very nice colored and beautiful caramel flavor malt.
it was 10 lb of regular pale malt and 1.5 lb of this home made caramel.
The beer would probably taste great if there were no hops inside.
My mistake was with hops. Interesting thing is that I used only 1.5 oz of hops. But there was some Magnum inside.
The hop schedule was like this:
0.5 oz magnum for 60 minutes
0.5 oz target for 15 minute
0.5 oz first gold at flame out
The beer is so bitter that it is undrinkable. I can bear it somehow, but someone else - no way. I can feel a hint of what the malty flavors would be without this bitterness, but the bitterness is so strong that it makes you spit it.
I don't get it. I don't understand. There was only 1.5 oz of hops in there. Of course, magnum is 14%, target is 13% but still......