Recipe Type: Partial Mash Yeast: Wyeast 1028 - London Ale Batch Size (Gallons): 5 Original Gravity: 1.071 Final Gravity: 1.017 IBU: 35 Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 Color: approximately 40 Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 20 Tasting Notes: Smokey with a prominent chocolate malt flavor. Big, dark and roasty.
4.5 lb Light LME 37.5%
4 lb Rauchmalt 33.3%
1 lb Chocolate 8.3%
1 lb Crystal 60L 8.3%
0.5 lb Munich Light 4.2%
0.5 lb Black Malt 4.2%
0.5 lb Brown Sugar 4.2%
0.75 oz Kent Goldings 60 min 5.2
1 oz Fuggles 30 min 5.3
0.75 oz Fuggles 15 min 5.3
0.5 oz Fuggles 2 min 4.5
Mash @ 154 for 60 min
Fermented at 66 degrees
Bumped up to 70-72 for last 5 days to finish off lower
carbonated to 2.6 vol.
I've done this batch twice now and am happy with both of them. I'll be cracking open the first of the latest batch in about a week. This beer has gotten some of the most praise from friends and family.
Smoke flavor is dominant but not so much that you can't taste the chocolate and caramel malts. Brown sugar helped to dry it out a little and I think the smokeyness helps it feel drier as well. Two beers I had given away had recently been drank after aging for about 9 months and I was told they tasted excellent. Definitely benefits from aging but is very drinkable after just a few weeks in the bottle
The first time I didn't hit my target gravity but it turned out great. This time around I hit all my targets and it tasted good going into the bottles. So I'm confident it'll turn out well again.
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