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Old 11-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #1
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Here is my next Wee Heavy idea. Any feed back would be great.

6 Gal.
180min Boil
OG: 1.090
FG: 1.020 estimated

19# GP
5oz Black Malt
1oz Peated Malt

2oz Fuggles@90 for 29 IBU

Nottingham yeast

3 week primary @ 60
3 month secondary with heavy oak cubes

thoughts? concerns?


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Old 11-10-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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I would use roasted @ around 4 ounces (instead of Black), you can darken it up a little with C120 or a darker English Crystal (155L?). Mash pretty high.

Skip the smoked. 1 oz wouldnt do a whole lot anyway.

Use WLP028. Pitch alot, I mean alot of yeast to keep it as clean as possible. Ferment cold.


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Old 11-10-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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Fewer higher alcohols with a large pitch.
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I would suggest reading page 124 from Brewing Classic Styles on how to create that slight smoky flavor without the use of smoked malt.
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Thanks for the feed back. Going to switch out the black for roasted. all i have is danstar nottingham yeast. Anyone have experience with this yeast for this style? Has anyone done oak cubes in secondary? How were the results?
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Usually there is a good bit of caramel in there, right? Or are you planning to reduce your first runnings? I think I'd bump up the IBUs a little, made to 50 or so. It seems like a lot, but in a 1090 beer, it isn't.
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I think the 3 hr boil will give the beer a good carmel flavor without reducing first runnings and or adding caramel. I think i will up the IBU's. The aging and abv with this beer will mute the hops.....but id like them to be noticable.
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Oops, I didn't notice that. You might save some time/money by just reducing the first runnings, but that would probably have a different effect on the beer. I'm sure it'll be good either way!
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Has anyone ever fermented Nottingham in the low 60's?
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I've done psuedo-lagers in the mid 50s. It works and is pretty clean.


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