hist-brewing: RE:Heather ale body (was: Re:Kingdoms!?!?)

Mark Poliner allotta at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 14 15:11:15 PDT 2000


I was shooting for 8%abv.  I got it.
Oats would make a nice addition for body & mouthfeel.
Minerals, I used CaCo3.

Froach Ale uses 1# of heather tips/ barrel.  This is according to Brewing
Techniques magazine.



------Original Message------
From: Angus <angus at iamawitch.com>
To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
Sent: October 14, 2000 2:06:21 PM GMT
Subject: hist-brewing: RE:Heather ale body (was: Re:Kingdoms!?!?)




--- Mark Poliner <allotta at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
>I usgest using a Scottish ale recipe.  OG 1.080.  Rich & malty.  Use other
>malts for color & flavor. I suggest 1/2# Scottish caramel, 1/2# Gambrinus
>ESB or Brown malt, 1/4# chocolate.  Use 8# light DME.  No hops.  1/2#
>heather tips and nice scotish ale yeast.
>
>This worked wonders for me.

What level of alcohol are you aiming at for the heather ale ?  As a quick
guideline FG is often placed at OG/4 so the above recipe would give
(80-20)/7.3 = 8.2% ABV.
If you aim higher or lower, adjust your OG.

Water treatment is another thing to fiddle around with to give more body. 
Adding NaCl (common tablesalt) to the water will give a fuller taste.

Mashing temperature plays a minor role as well.  Higher temp yields more
dextrines (unfermentable by S. Cereviseae(sp?)).

Personally I like to add a bit of unmalted oats for a Scottish type ale.  My
last batch had 60% unmalted,flaked oats in it.  I dry roasted it in a pan
and poured 1/2 cup of cask strength Laphroaig over it.  I nearly lost my
eyebrows when setting fire to it but when the flames had died out parts of
the top layer looked like dark malt even though I'd turned it a few times
while burning.

I kept the mash temp around 78 C and the final brew turned out a nice
coppery/brownish red with a licorice smell and malty taste.  Bittering was
done with hops alone since I couldn't get any heather.
It has plenty of body but not quite a knife-and-fork body.  A spoon will do.

/Angus

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