Not So Pale Ale

Beer Style:pale ale
Recipe Type:all-grain

Here’s a question for you judges/style gurus. I just bottled a beer which I had intended to be a pale ale. I often add 1/2 to 1 pound of crystal to a pale. I attempted to get the same color by using 2 ounces of chocolate malt. I now know that

  • 8 lb Munton & Fison 2-row pale malt
  • 2 oz U. S. Chocolate malt
  • 1 oz Northern Brewer pellets (60 min. boil)
  • 1/2 oz Willamette flowers (30 min. boil)
  • 1/2 oz Herrsbrucker plug (15 min. boil)
  • 1/2 tsp Irish Moss
  • 1/2 oz Herrsbrucker plug (add at end of the boil; steep 15 min.)
  • WYeast 1098 (Whitbread)
  • Gelatine finings
  • 1/2 oz Herrsbrucker plug (dry hops, last 5 days in secondary)
OG: 1.045 FG: 1.012

Infusion mash for 75 minutes at 150-155 F. 3 days in primary. 11 days in secondary. Finings and dry hops added after day 6.

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