This is a sort of hybrid style. The hops are typically British in character with a lot of earthy notes, which goes nicely with the darker malt character. This one is almost a Brown Porter. Malt is bready and toasty with chocolate malt evident. Full mouthfeel with a dry finish. Not overly bitter. No roast at all. No yeast character, just clean on that front. Dropped bright, no haze at all.
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 21.50 L
Boil Size: 29.52 L
Boil Time: 90 min
Equipment: RIMS and 10 gallon boiler
Grain(only percentages listed, easier to plug in regardless of efficiency.)
Castle Pale Malt(Belgian) (3.6 SRM) 86.07 %
Crystal Malt -350 (177.7 SRM) 4.78 %
Chocolate Malt (340.0 SRM) 3.42 %
Crystal Malt -150 (76.1 SRM) 3.06 %
Wheat Malt (1.5 SRM) 2.68 %
26.00 gm Challenger [5.80 %] (90 min) (First Wort Hop) 23.1 IBU
13.00 gm Styrian Goldings [3.10 %] (90 min) (First Wort Hop) 6.2 IBU
7.00 gm Challenger [5.80 %] (15 min) 1.5 IBU
14.00 gm Styrian Goldings [3.10 %] (15 min) 1.6 IBU
7.00 gm Challenger [5.80 %] (2 min) 0.9 IBU
14.00 gm Styrian Goldings [3.10 %] (2 min) 1.0 IBU
1.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
Measured Original Gravity: 1.047 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Alcohol by Vol: 5.08 %
Bitterness: 34.3 IBU
Est Color: 21.6 SRM
Sparge Water: 21.49 L
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Add 2.62 liters of water per kilo of grain or 1.25 quarts/pound to achieve:
60 min Step 149.0 F
No mash out.
Use table sugar to prime for bottling, carbonate to 2.26 volumes.
How would you characterize this beer's hop profile? I actually find the hops even more interesting than the delicious looking grist bill.
I've heard Challenger described as a super Fuggles: big earthy flavors.
And Styrians described as spicier Fuggles, with more of an aged quality.
Are we getting the most desirable/prominent fuggles qualities out of this beer?
Also, would either C-150 or Special B provide a suitable substitute to the C-350?
Well, it's from 2 years ago, so I can't really recall. It's 40 batches ago! ;-)
Anyway, I'd go with the comments posted with the recipe itself in the original post. From memory, the hops weren't overly pronounced but there was some earthy edge to the beer that was pleasant.
I think Special B would be closer to the Crystal 350 than Crystal 150 would be.
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