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Old 03-19-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
Jan 2010
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I had a Sam Adams Noble Pils and loved the aroma. I'm not set up for a lager but would like to do a "noble ale" Does any one think this will work theoretically?

6 lb Extra light LME
1 Lb Light DME
2.5 Specialty grains steeped
The specialty malts are..
8 oz Honey Malt
8 oz Carapils
8 oz Crystal L20
4 oz Brewers 2 Row Malt
4 oz Caravienne

2 oz Liberty @60 (couldn't get hallertauer)
1 oz Saaz @ 5
1 oz Spalt @ 5
1 oz Tettanger @ 5
1 oz Saaz dry hop
1 oz Spalt dry hop
1 oz Tettanger dry hop

Any comments pointers would be appreciated.

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:42 PM   #2
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Absolutely, I bet it will be very nice but just lack that characteristic lager yeast profile. I use noble hops for my blonde ales sometimes, and also for Kolsch and Wheat beer recipes.

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Old 03-19-2010, 09:43 PM   #3
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You'll need to mash the 2 row, and I'm not sure if that would add much @ 1/4 ounce. I personally would dump the honey malt so as to let the hops have center stage. Maybe you could drop most of the specialty grains.

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Old 03-19-2010, 10:23 PM   #4
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I forgot the yeast!
Wyeast American Ale

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Old 03-20-2010, 07:07 AM   #5
PT Ray
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To me the grain bill is too busy for a German feel. Maybe something like:

6# Pils LME
1# Wheat Extract
Then maybe 4 oz of something like Munich or Biscuit.

Well, I say maybe 4 ounces of Munich/Biscuit but forgot this is an extract brew. Not really worth it to mash a 1/4# of malt.

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Old 03-20-2010, 11:59 AM   #6
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I'd suggest:

YEAST STRAIN: 2565 | Kölsch™

True top cropping yeast similar to Alt strains. Produces slightly more fruity/winey characteristics. Fruitiness increases with temperature increase. Low or no detectable diacetyl production. Also ferments well at cold 55° - 60° F range (13-16° C). Used to produce quick-conditioning pseudo-lager beers. Requires filtration or additional settling time to produce bright beers.

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