Archive for October, 2009

Bitter and Brown

Oct 19, 2009

Yesterday was a great day for brewing.  The air was crisp and the sky was blue.  Fall is my favorite time of the year and for me, one of the best times to brew.

I know that once the weather turns cold I will want richer beers so I designed a recipe to be rich, chocolate-y, and full bodied.  I wanted an ordinary strength beer just with plenty of body and richness.  I just bottled a batch of a Belgian Dark Strong kit from Northern Brewer called The Number 8, so the super heavy beer for this winter is done.  This bitter and brown ale will fit in as more of a session beer whereas The Number 8 will be a sipper.

I used English pale malt, Munich malt, a fair amount of chocolate malt, and some German smoked malt.  I have never used German smoked malt and I think I used a small enough amount to give a nice smokey undertone, but not enough to be obnoxious.  The mash smelled like roasted coffee with chocolate, and I did detect a slight smoke aroma.  I also mashed fairly high to leave enough residual sweetness to be satisfying.  I’ll let you know when the beer is done if I got what I was looking for.  I’ll also give out the recipe if it’s worth giving.

Until then, I remain,
The Adequate Brewer