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Old 05-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
Nov 2010
Los Angeles, CA
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I am brewing an Old Ale as a wedding present for my brother. He specifically wanted a nice big Old Ale with very little hop character. Can anybody let me know if anything seems off?


19A-Strong Ale-Old Ale

Wort Volume Before Boil: 6.60 US gals Wort Volume After Boil: 6.08 US gals
Expected OG: 1.087 SG
Expected FG: 1.020 SG
Apparent Attenuation: 75.5 %
Expected ABV: 9.0 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 30.1 IBU
Expected Color (using Morey): 14.7 SRM
BU:GU ratio: 0.34 Approx Color:
Boil Duration: 90.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 66 degF

UK Pale Ale Malt 20.60 lb
US Caramel 40L Malt 1.80 lb
US Caramel 20L Malt 1.80 lb

UK Fuggle 4.5 % 2.40 oz 23.3 Loose Whole Hops 60 Min From End
UK Fuggle 4.5 % 1.92 oz 6.8 Loose Whole Hops 10 Min From End

White Labs WLP007-Dry English Ale

Mash Type: Full Mash

Schedule Name: Single Step Infusion (69C-156F)

Rest at 156 degF for 60 min

I am planning on putting it into secondary with bourbon soaked french oak spirals and cocoa nibs.

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Old 05-31-2011, 05:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:12 AM   #3
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Why such a big late hop addition if you're going for low hop character? How long are you going to age this before serving/giving away?

You also have over 3.5lbs of crystal malt, which is going to give you a very high FG, given your OG and mash temp. I'm not saying you necessarily need to change this, but I would expect to see something around a 1.025-1.030 FG, just so you know. The oak will help to balance this, however, and the bitterness from the cocoa might do so as well.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:00 AM   #4
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At first glance, preboil volume of 6.6 gallons and final batch size of 6 gallons for a 90 minute boil seems off.

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:11 AM   #5
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Might be some ideas for you here:
The OFFICIAL 11-11-11 Old Ale Thread - The HBT Anniversary Series

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Old 05-31-2011, 01:06 PM   #6
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Love the fuggles. But I agree the late addition may give you more hops than you're after. Maybe go 1 oz at 20 min to put some flavor in there and remove the 10 minute addition. Keep the IBU 30 or less.

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