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jonmohno 06-12-2011 02:39 AM

Oaked Amber Pale Ale
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#2 NB Organic Light LME
Mash: @155 deg.
.3#(3 oz) Marris otter
.12#(1.6oz)Belgium Biscuit
.1#(1.25oz)Gambrinus Honey Malt
.25#(4 oz)British Mild Ale malt
.1#(1.5 oz) Breiss Organic crystal 60 malt
.3#(4.75 oz) Breiss Organic 2 row pale malt
.2#(2.6 oz) /Weyerman Organic Vienna malt
.23#(3.3 oz) Organic Barley Flakes
Feel free to round up the grains-Its just exactly what I used.
.25 oz Organic NZ Saaz(7.3 %AAU)@60 min
.15 oz Organic German Hallertau(6.3%AAU)@20 min
.35 oz OrganicNZ Saaz" "@20 min
.3 oz combind each hop(I think-didnt write it down-sorry)@0
I used 1.1 oz hops total (mostly saaz)so i think i added aroma hops these both are good aroma hops.

.5 oz light american oak chips last 5 days of primary

I precooked Barley Flakes before the mash which may be optional.I added .5 oz of American oak chips preboiled in enough water to cover drained most of the water added to primary for the last 5 days before bottleing.This gave it a perfect oak flavor and aroma in my opinion,first time oaking and really impressed.I also used 2.6 oz dme to bottle.The oak, malt and mellow hops gave it a really good wow flavor that impresses me each time i drink it.It has a creamy head good lacing cleared very well,nice coppery amber color,nice sweet malt and oak aroma and flavor with a very mild citrus note maybe some herbal but the vanilla oak gave it a memerably good taste.Finished fairly clean barely dry and with a mild lingering oak essance.

I love vanilla but i brewed with them before(maybe of poor quality or something) but this really gave a vanilla flavor that i was looking for(sorry vanilla bean) I probably would oak a porter to get vanilla rather than use a bean, but maybe ill try a better bean next time.My Lhbs May have had old beans sitting around- i did notice they seemed like licorice when smelling them also were mushy when i split them not real experienced with vanilla beans though.

I think the color may have fit more into amber territory also, it looked darker than an 8 as suggested. Batch size was more like 1.5 gal total.

Heres a pic:- as a homebrewer this was truely my first very inspiring batch after many many batches-it finally happened! Im proud of conjuring this up myself as a new homebrewer-I hope you like it. I accidently learned some of my favorate malts through this. Absolutley perfect looking,my favorate color a copperish orange,just more beautiful in person.

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