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Old 11-30-2012, 01:51 AM   #11
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I'm currently drinking a wee heavy with 2% peat malt. IMO it is good in small quantities depending on the style.
It's similar to the flavor of an Isla scotch -- very campfire/smoky like and a hint of brine/sea. Kind of reminds me of low tide in higher latitude areas.
I like the flavor but I can see how people wouldn't.


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Old 11-30-2012, 02:36 AM   #12
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I recently made a wee heavy with 0.5 lb peated malt in a 5 gallon batch. It is a relatively high-gravity beer (OG 1.084) with a significant amount of crystal malt and relatively low attenuating yeast (~75%). It tasted delicious out of the primary, but there is a very pronounced peat flavor, more than I was shooting for. The residual sweetness and caramel flavors in my beer really helped to balance the peat... if I had added 0.5lb peated malt to a pale ale I think it would have been awful. And if I had added a whole pound to the batch I made I think it would also have been awful... in fact if I could do it over again I'd cut back to 4 oz... maybe 6 oz.

I'll agree with the others that 1 lb for a 2 gallon batch seems to be too much. Looking at your recipe I probably would use 2 oz or less for a subtle peat flavor... bring it up to 3 or 4 oz if you really want a prominent peat flavor.

On the other hand, you should take what I say with a grain of salt... I've only used peated malt in one recipe.


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Old 11-30-2012, 04:37 AM   #13
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yeah i ment to put its actually gonna be 4 gallon
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:18 AM   #14
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Even for 4 gallons I think 1 lb is too much. Cut it in half at least. Cut it down to 4 oz even.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:45 PM   #15
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Doesn't sound like the OP is persuaded by our nearly unanimous advice. You can lead a horse to water...
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:52 PM   #16
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Well I'm gonna go for it. who knows I could create a gold medal beer or an open grave but I can't know or learn if I don't try
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:01 PM   #17
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Also, the grain bill from the previous page seems too small for a 4 gallon batch. If you're going to try this, I'd up the 2-row to at least 6 lb or so depending on how heavy you want the beer. For a winter holiday brew I'd say more is better... but then again, I like my strong beers.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:36 PM   #18
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Well then why bother asking if you're going to ignore unanimous advice?
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #19
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if somebody is having tea for the first time and you ask, do you like your tea sweet? they say, 'i'm not sure...' do you then dump a half cup of sugar in their tea cup? or do you give them half a teaspoon and say, 'what do you think?'

similarly, standard advice is to start small and if you like the flavor, increase it in your next batch.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:21 PM   #20
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if somebody is having tea for the first time and you ask, do you like your tea sweet? they say, 'i'm not sure...' do you then dump a half cup of sugar in their tea cup? or do you give them half a teaspoon and say, 'what do you think?'

similarly, standard advice is to start small and if you like the flavor, increase it in your next batch.
+1 if you decide to go big your first time it might completly turn you off to the flavor.


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