This beer was one of the beers we made with Stout Wars coming, but was not used. It came out quite nice, but we did not think it would compete well.
Grain Bill: 9 lbs Avangard Pale Malt.
1.5 lbs Golden Promise malt
1 lb Roasted Barley
1 lb Oats
1 oz. East Kent Goldings (mash)
1 whirlfloc tablet
Hops: 30 IBU's worth of northern Brewer (9.2 alpha on what we used)
We re-pitched White Labs Edinburgh Ale Yeast, which added a slight smokey character.
Mash in at 120F and hold for 10-15 minutes (dough-in, use just enough water to wet the grains)
Raise temperature slowly up to 155 F using remaining water and hold until conversion is complete. I usually do this in steps, where there is a rest in between where I take a temperature measurement, and hold for 5-10 minutes before adding more water to get the temperature up to 155. Once at this temperature get the sparge water ready. Time the final temperature increase with the sparge water becoming ready, with mash out being around 170F.
Collect about 6.5 gallons total of wort in the brew kettle.
Boil for 15 minutes, then add bittering hops. Boil for 75 minutes and add the whirlfloc tablet. After another 5 minutes add the cooling coil to the pot for sanitization. Boil for 10 more minutes, cool and transfer to carboy. Aerate (we use a stone). Pitch the starter.
Fermentation takes 7-10 days. It is helpful to use a carboy for fermentation so as to be able to observe fermentation activity. Beer was racked to secondary and let stand until the yeast settled and all activity ceased.
OG was 14.5 Plato
This beer was bottled with an ounce of Hallertau whole leaf hops grown by a friend. It added some subtle fresh hop character to the beer. This is bottle hopping. The priming sugar used was DME, and the hops were added to the DME after the DME was boiled. The lid was placed on the pot and let stand for 10 minutes before pouring into the bottling bucket through a sanitized strainer. There is a bottle hop page here on the site....