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Old 03-12-2013, 12:23 AM   #11
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Just to be silly I put an extra 1 lb DME and 1/2 lb of table sugar to the original ingredients list in my silly scottish ale. Kicks up a lame 60 shilling 3% scottish to about 5%. Toss in some cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon and it's a dee lish beer and for less than $22.


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A nice option is to just reduce your batch size a bit (w/o changing your grain bill), thereby you don't have to factor in some fraction of another bag of DME or can of LME.


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I like the idea of adding a bit of honey. I'm wondering what kind of flavors 8 oz's honey would impart on a pale ale? I can imagine it would be a very tasty addition to an ESB or brown ale. Can't wait for the next batch! Although my wife is interested in a Belgian pale ale at the moment. Anyone have a good Belgian pale ale extract recipe?
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I like the idea of adding a bit of honey. I'm wondering what kind of flavors 8 oz's honey would impart on a pale ale? I can imagine it would be a very tasty addition to an ESB or brown ale. Can't wait for the next batch! Although my wife is interested in a Belgian pale ale at the moment. Anyone have a good Belgian pale ale extract recipe?
8oz, or any amount of honey will be barely noticeable at all since it is ~96% fermentable. It will not leave ANY sweetness to your finished product. If you are looking to add a lasting honey sweetness, throw in 8oz of Honey Malt with your steeping grains.

Here is a decent Belgian Pale base recipe that I've used to experiment with different yeasts:

6lbs Light LME
8oz Aromatic
8oz Carapils
2lbs Honey @15 min

1oz Vangaud @60 min
1oz Halertaur @10 min

Pitch with two packs of whatever Belgian yeast interests you most. I've done this with WLP500, Wyeast 3787, and Wyeast 3522. I think I prefer 3522. There are several others out there that I have not tried with this recipe also. Check out Wyeast's website for more ideas.
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