Sunday, January 31, 2010

Batch 86, Oatmeal Pale Ale

I wanted to make a batch of Gemutlich, but I didn't have the ingredients, so I made this Gemutlich-inspired oatmeal pale ale instead. Like Gemutlich, the oatmeal will give this a nice mouth feel and body.

10 gallon batch.

Grain:

20 lbs 2 row
1.5 lbs Quaker oats
2 oz Chocolate malt
4 oz honey (add to BK at 30 minutes)
6 oz molasses (add to BK at 30 minutes)

Mash at 153F for 60 minutes. I used my immersion chiller again as a heat exchanger to keep the mash temp even, and that worked very well again. I brought the water in the HLT to 170F, then I adjusted the flow on the output side of the pump to be fairly low, and the temp stayed constant for the entire mash. That's probably the first time ever that has happened.


Hops:

2 oz Fuggles, an experimental variety, 5% AA, FWH
2 oz mixed hops, 60 minutes (a mix of HG Chinook and Willamette)
1 oz Cascade, 30 minutes
1 oz Willamette, 30 minutes
2 oz Fuggles, an experimental variety, 5% AA

60 minute boil. The "mixed" hops is a combination of homegrown Chinook and Willamette. The plants had grown together, and I couldn't tell what was what.


Wyeast 1272 from batch 85, pitched directly on the yeast cake.


OG: 1.068 (actual)
FG:
IBU: 42
SRM: 10
ABV: 6.8%


A few pics of the brew day, it snowed most of the day. I started at about 9 am, and was done around 1:30 pm. Just getting started:


Using the immersion chiller as a heat exchanger:



Hops. The FWH hops are already in the boil kettle. I used 8 ounces total for this batch.


Transferring from mash tun to boil kettle. The bucket is to keep the snow off of the pump.





Tasting Score Sheet
Date Mar 5, 2010

Batch # 86
Beer Name Oatmeal Pale Ale
Style 10A, American Pale Ale, more or less

Packaging Bottle | Draft
APPEARANCE 1 [2] 3
Head spare | small
| average | large | huge | rocky |
creamy | frothy | fizzy | white
| off-white | light brown | dark

lasting | diminishing


Lacing excellent | good | fair | spare
Body clear | sparkling | flat | cloudy | hazy | murky
| muddy
Particles None |
lightly cloudy | cloudy | heavily particulate | chunky
Color light | dark | yellow | amber | orange | red |
brown | ruby | black | tawny
Comments This beer is always hazy due to the oatmeal.


AROMA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [10] 11 12
Malt light | average
| heavy | harsh | bread | cookie
| molasses | caramel | grain | hay straw | cereal | chocolate |
coffee | toffee | toasted | roasted | burnt | nutty | meal
Hops light | medium
| strong | heavy | harsh

flowers |
perfume | herbs | celery | grass


pine | spruce | resin


citrus
|
grapefruit | orange | lemon | lime


Yeast/Bacteria light | average
| heavy | harsh dough | sweat |
horse blanket | barnyard | leather soap | cheese | meat | broth | earth
| musty | leaves
Miscellaneous alcohol: light | average | heavy

banana
| bubble gum | clove | grape | raisin | plum | prune | date | apple |
pear peach | pineapple | cherry |
raspberry | cassis | wine | port |
cask wood | toffee butter | butterscotch | smoke | tar | charcoal
|
soy
sauce | licorice | cola | honey brown sugar | maple syrup |
vanilla |
pepper | allspice | nutmeg |
cinnamon coriander | ginger | tobacco | dust | chalk | vegetable
|
cooked cabbage/corn | cardboard | paper | medicine | solvent |
bandage |
skunk | sour milk | vinegar | rotten eggs


Comments Good hops flavor, not overwhelming, lingering hops aftertaste.


MOUTHFEEL 1 2 [3] 4 5
Body light | medium
| full
Texture thin | oily | creamy | sticky | slick |
alcoholic | thick | minerals | gritty| smooth
Carbonation fizzy | lively | average | soft | flat
Finish metallic | chalky | astringent | bitter
Comments: Smooth pale ale.

FLAVOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 [16] 17 18 19 20
Duration short | average | long
Sweet light |
moderate | heavy | harsh
acidic light | moderate | heavy | harsh
bitter light | moderate
| heavy | harsh
other vinegar | sour milk | salty | minerals
Comments Really good hops flavor. Hint of honey and molasses, but maybe that's because I know that both are in this beer.


OVERALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 [7] 8 9 10
Comments I like this beer. I'd make this again and I'd drink another.

TOTAL 38













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