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Old 12-02-2009, 08:53 PM   #1

Recipe Type: All Grain   
Yeast: Wyeast 1056   
Yeast Starter: 1600 ml   
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: Starter made with 100 ml of slurry from previous batch   
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.05   
Original Gravity: 1.072   
Final Gravity: 1.014   
IBU: 48.7   
Boiling Time (Minutes): 105   
Color: 23   
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 24 days at 66 F.   
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 25 days at 62 F   
Tasting Notes: A typical Northwest X-Mas beer, this is basically a strong brown ale.   

I wanted to try Palisade hops and so concocted this guy. There's a lot of earthy character from the EKGS, with a lot of spice from the Palisades and Cascades in the flavor. Complex beer. Very malty too. Aroma has a lot of bread and some caramel with a touch of chocolate malt and some earthy hops. Very full mouthfull with some alcohol evident. A strong but very clean bittering that lingers long. Finish is medium dry with a lot of toast and bitterness.

Quite happy with this one.

Type: All Grain
Date: 10/4/2009
Batch Size: 19.10 L
Brewer: Matt
Boil Size: 30.47 L
Boil Time: 105 min
Equipment: RIMS and 10 gallon boiler


Grain (only % given to make it easy to plug in regardless of efficiency)

Castle Pale Malt (Belgian)(3.6 SRM) 89.96 %
Crystal Malt -150 (76.1 SRM) 3.00 %
Crystal Malt -350 (177.7 SRM) 3.00 %
Crystal Malt - 50 (25.4 SRM) 2.25 %
Chocolate Malt (340.0 SRM) 1.35 %
Black Malt (566.0 SRM) 0.45 %

Hops (Palisade and EKGS pellets, Cascade are plugs):

26.00 gm Palisade [6.70 %] (105 min) (First Wort Hop) 29.9 IBU
7.00 gm Goldings, East Kent [4.80 %] (105 min) (First Wort Hop) 5.8 IBU

15.00 gm Palisade [6.70 %] (30 min) 8.0 IBU

15.00 gm Cascade [8.70 %] (15 min) 5.0 IBU

30.00 gm Goldings, East Kent [4.80 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)

1.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min)

Beer Profile

Measured Original Gravity: 1.072 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 7.58 %
Bitterness: 48.7 IBU
Est Color: 23.0 SRM

Mash Profile

Sparge Water: 16.14 L
Sparge Temperature: 169.0 F
Mash PH: 5.4 PH

Use 3.15 liters of water per kilo of grain or 1.51 quarts per pound of water to achieve:

60 min Step 149.0 F
10 min Step 168.0 F

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:46 PM   #2

Been drinking a lot of this one lately and it's great! Love it. Fits in with Northwest Christmas ales nicely. I love that combination of EKGs with Cascades. I'm going to re-brew this for May Day and am so happy with it that I'll leave it mostly the same. Gonna try it with Wyeast 1028 this time though.

I'd say this is my favorite of the last 14 batches (that I've brewed since I've been in Croatia).

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