Brown Ale

Ollie’s Drool

Since fall is quickly approaching here in the northwest it seemed time to get a brown ale on tap.  Renee has requested that I brew up something similar to Big Sky’s Moose Drool. I stuck to the recipe from the head brewer pretty closely, just a few minor differences.  I sparged a little too much from the mash that caused a slightly lower original gravity, so this brown will be even more sessionable than the original.

OG:  1.047
FG:  1.014
ABV: 4.4%
Mash: 154 (60 min)
Added 3.5g CaCl and 1.5g gypsum to mash water

80.5% 2Row Malt
10.1% C75
6.4% Wheat Malt
2.8% Chocolate Malt
0.3% Black Malt

1.5 oz East Kent Goldings (5.7%) 60 min.
0.5 oz Liberty (5.4%) 10 min.
0.5 oz Willamette (5%) 5 min.
0.5 oz Liberty (5.4%) 0 min.
0.5 oz Willamette (5%) 0 min.

Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale Yeast

Pitched a 1.5l starter that was on the stirplate for about 18 hours.  This was my first time using this yeast strain, although I’ve wanted to for a while now.  It was incredibly flocculant and poured out in clumps, which was a first to me.  But fermentation started in under 4 hours and had some massive blow off in the first couple days.

Tasting Notes – 10.20.12

Appearance:  Brown with one finger white head that doesn’t linger too long.  Ruby when held up to the light.

Aroma:  Malty aroma with hints of coffee.

Taste:  Drinks fairly mild with some slight roasted notes coming through towards the end.  Finishes really clean without too much lingering on the tongue.  Definitely a more reserved, session type brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Thinner in body, slightly watery. Carbonation is lower which is perfect for this ale.

Overall:  I’m enjoying how this beer turned out.  At first I was a little worried about it, but it really is an easy to drink english style brown.  I made the error of filling the brew pot too high which impacted my original gravity.  I think some of the flavors got a little diluted as a result, making this a little more mellow.  I’m a big fan of session beers and am enjoy this one so far.  I bought a couple beers to compare this brew with and both of the commercial beers had so such coffee and roasted flavors going on.  I really like the the subtle flavors of this beer and just how easy it is to drink a few pints.

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