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Old Grumblebum

Old Grumblebum

Old Ale : All Grain : 23 L

Matthew Jolly

yet to taste

March 3, 2013 at 03:37pm

5.0/5.0 1 rating

Ingredients (All Grain23 L)

  • 7 kg Maris Otter Malt; Bairds Malt

    Maris Otter Malt; Bairds Malt

    Maris Otter is a British barley malt variety known for producing beers with a full malty flavor.

  • 0.45 kg Dark Crystal Malt I; Thomas Fawcett

    Dark Crystal Malt I; Thomas Fawcett

  • 100 g Fuggle - 3.8 AA% whole; boiled 60 min

    Fuggle

    Mild. Mainly used for finishing and dry hopping especially pale ales, porters, and stouts. Aroma is mild and pleasant, spicy, and soft.

  • 42 g Goldings - 7.0 AA% whole; boiled 60 min

    Goldings

    Mild. Slightly flowery.

  • 42 g Goldings - 7.0 AA% whole; boiled 0 min

    Goldings

    Mild. Slightly flowery.

  • WYeast 9097-PC Old Ale Blend

    WYeast 9097-PC Old Ale Blend

    To bring you a bit of English brewing heritage we developed the “Old Ale” blend. It includes an attenuative ale strain along with a small amount of Brettanomyces. The blend will ferment well in dark worts, producing fruity beers with nice complexity. The Brettanomyces adds a pie cherry-like flavor and sourness during prolonged aging.

Style (BJCP)

Category: 19 - Strong Ale

Subcategory: A - Old Ale

Range for this Style
Original Gravity: 1.073 1.060 - 1.090
Terminal Gravity: 1.017 1.015 - 1.022
Color: 14.6 SRM 10 - 22
Alcohol: 7.3% ABV 6.00% - 9.00%
Bitterness: 81.6 IBU 30.00 - 60.00

Discussion

Matthew Jolly

Progress

2013-06-11 6:31am

I got an og of about 1.068 so slightly lower than expected, but still not bad for an old ale. It's now still fermenting in secondary with a nice Brett pellicle forming. I'll probably let this go another month before bottling.

Matthew Jolly

RESULT

2014-01-10 8:17am

This came out really well. The Brett is very noticeable but in a good way. It seems to meld with all the other flavours and as one friend said, every mouthful reveals another flavour. The FG was pretty low on this, about 1.008 but although dry, it's mellow and smooth. It's about 8% but drinks as if far weaker. There's not a lot of distinct hop aroma or flavour but the Goldings were not the freshest, but I think that the hoppiness has melded with the Brett to provide a whole host of other flavours. This was a great success and I will be brewing this again for next winter.

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