Brown Ale

Ollies Drool #3

Alight, Ollie’s drool #3! Made some tweaks from the last brew of this but the I’m pretty sure the recipe is getting really close to how I want this beer to drink. Last version turned out really nice, but it wanted to beef up the flavor profile a bit. Also, compared the previous versions, I liked the London ESB yeast in this beer more than the London III that I used last year. I added a bit more flameout hops for a little bit more hop aromatics and used some new Crystals I picked up earlier in the year (instead of the Hallertau from last year).

OG: 1.051
FG: 1.017
ABV: 4.5%
Mash: 154

Added: 1.5g Gypsum, 1.9g CaCl, 1.3g Baking Soda & 1.9g Chalk to Mash and 2.4g Gypsum & 3.2g CaCl to Sparge water

Water Profile:

Ca: 104
Mg: 0.6
Na: 30
So4: 55
Cl: 66
BiCarbonate: 212
Mash PH: 5.4

62.1% NW Pale Ale Malt
11.7% Victory
7.8% Brown Malt
7.8% C80
7.8% Oats
2.9% Pale Chocolate Malt

0.3 oz Galena (10%) 60 min.
1.5 oz Willamette (5.6%) 10 min.
1.0 oz Crystal (6%) 5 min.
1.5 oz Crystal (6%) 0 min.
1.5 oz Willamette (5.6%) 0 min.

Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale

Pitched 1.25l starter on the stir plate 24 hrs. Came out is huge chunks, was actually hard to get all the yeast out of the flask. This strain is a super floccer, forgot about that. Pitched into 74 deg. wort and brought down to 65 to start fermentation. Good amount of blowoff after 2 days and holding steady at 66 currently.

Kegged on 4.8 and finished at 1.017.

Tasting Notes – 5.19.14

Appearance: Ruby, dark red/lighter brownish with off white head that lingers a minute before falling away.

Aroma: Powdered baking cocoa, little bit of herbal hops.

Taste: Cocoa flavor up front, little bit of coffee in there as well. Some hops punch through in the middle with a tea/herbal character. Finish gets a little more baking cocoa. Tiny bit of bitterness hangs on the tongue and is hard to decipher from hops or roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium full with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is the best version of Ollie’s Drool to date. The brown malt really takes the show with its cocoa and coffee notes, the higher mash temp and addition of oats really give a full body which gives the perception this beer is much bigger than it actually is. Hops balances everything nicely with a little bit of traditional english character coming through at times. Really a nice pint that is easy to drink and is pretty complex given its lower abv. Cheers!

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