Originally Posted by Flanman
1.So its pretty obvious Im new to brewing and Im working on my second kit beer from Brewers Best Scottish Ale...I however prefer a higher ABV and oaked flavor in my scottish ales. I have bought some oak chips for the secondary but I dont know how much to use? I hear over oaking can be horrible.
2. THIS KIT SUCKS at only 3.25ABV. Im looking for about 6-8% ABV...I purchased another 3.3 pounds of CBW sparkling amber...but I have not idea how to figure how much I need to acheive this ABV without destroying the flavor too much...
This is the kit and what I have added...
6.6lbs amber LME (twp seperate jugs)
4 oz caramel 60L
4 oz chocolate
1 oz roasted barley
1 lb amber DME
.5 oz cascade
.5 cascade + 1 oz palisade for aroma
I have not idea how to figure my SG!!! DME and LME conversions make no sense until someone clears it up...PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!!! I was looking forward to brewing this Sat but i dont know if this will happen. Thanks!
Just for fun I took your listed recipe and plugged it into 'Hopville.com'.
Came out with a OG=1.057,FG=1.014,ABV=5.7%, SRM=10,IBU=19.4.
Still a little high OG for even a Scottish 80 export,but not too far off.
Looks like it will be a sweet, lightly hoppy, light colored brew with an alcohol kick. If that's what you want, go for it.
Ferment it on the cool side, let it age
I haven't ever played around with oak chips, but I've seen threads that talk about it. Consensus seems to be add in a secondary, but I don't recall the amounts.