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Old 09-27-2009, 07:05 AM   #1
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What is it I'm tasting in this beer and how do I get it? I just had a glass of it and I love the flavor, but can't even describe what I'm tasting in it. Anyone know what it is?

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Old 09-27-2009, 07:34 AM   #2
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Peated malt? Is that what it was?

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I love me some Kilt Lifter. Was at the brewery this last weekend and had some on tap. Delicious!

As for what is in it... I haven't got a clue.

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Send a dozen bottles down this way and I'll try to figure it out for you

Their website says it uses peated, pale, crystal, and munich. I'm guessing its the peated that is new to you. I regret not putting any peated in my Scottish Ale, but I certainly will be next time around!

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Their website says it uses peated, pale, crystal, and munich. I'm guessing its the peated that is new to you.
That's gotta be it. I never gave peated malt much though. Peat is what you store european mummies in. It's bog muck. Never sounded appealing to me in beer, but I may have to take a second look.
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It's not real heavy in the beer either. Just adds a nice background note to it.

I would be interested if you managed to come up with a recipe.

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Hmmm....

Pale malt base.
Enough Munich to add some color.
Crystal malt
A touch of peated malt.

Crystal 90? They call it a "ruby ale" after all. Half pound?
About 4oz of peated malt?

Waddya think so far?

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My opinion is that 4 oz of peated malt is a bit high. I have used 2oz before and had a really smokey beer.

It also could be that I was too sensitive to it. However, I do like the smoked porters I have had, and love the Full Sail Keelhauler ale. My Scottish ale with 2oz seemed much stronger than those commercial beers.

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I didn't like the Alaskan Smoked Porter I tried a while back, but I loved the Kilt Lifter. More research may be in order.

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From what I understand is that peat can be real strong and it is not really strong in the beer. I would start with 1oz and work my way up to 2oz. It will be much easier to drink your mistake if the peat flavor is weaker then stronger.

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