Monday, January 21, 2013

Batch #11 - North Pointe Pecan Brown Ale

Batch #11. This was our attempt to make a good Southern beer that highlighted the flavors of local (from Andy's backyard) pecans.  We had tasted some other brews that claimed that they used pecans, and while we liked them, we felt that there wasn't enough pecan flavor coming through.   

Style: Extract Brew
Sub-Style: Northern English Brown (11 C)
Malts: Biscuit Malt
            Crystal Malt (40 L)
            Special Roasted Malt
            Chocolate Malt
            Maris Otter Malt
Malt Extract: Extra Pale Liquid Malt Extract
Hops: Bittering - Kent Golding         
           Flavoring - Fuggle
           Aroma - Fuggle
Other Additives: 6 cups of local pecans roasted then steeped in water (water was reserved and added to the wort).
Yeast: Wyeast - London Ale III 1318 Activator 
Clarifying Ingredients: Irish Moss - 1 teaspoon
Number of Bottles: 46 (12 oz. bottles)
Original Gravity: 1.052 (75°F)
Final Gravity: 1.018 (70°F)
Percent Alcohol: 4.6% by Volume
Comments: This one came out very good.  The pecan flavor is nice and roasty and when the beer warmed up, the sweetness came through nicely to balance out the bitterness from the pecans.
                    Testing Date: To be continued......
                    Aroma:  out of 12
                    Appearance:  out of 3
                    Flavor:  out of 20
                    Mouthfeel:  out of 5
                    Overall Impression:  out of 10
                    Total:  out of 50

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