Old Man Pyle

Beer Style:old ale, pale ale, Old Peculier
Recipe Type:all-grain

This recipe has been changed a bit from the original brew to allow for changes in my home brewery. The original was intended to dupe Old Peculier and it did an adequate job at that. It did a much better job, though, standing on its own as a fine strong ale. It was best fresh, which says something about the “Old Ale” moniker, but I don’t know what.

Tasting notes from the original OMP:

Wonderful complex fruity, malty, hoppy (bitter, flavor, aroma), and alcohol palate. The Fuggles work great in this brew because they don’t dominate it as some other aroma hops might.

Final notes: Chris Lyons mentions sucanut (succanut?) as providing that Old Peculier (OP) flavor. It may be worth a try in this recipe. Also, OP has little or no hop aroma, at least the OP I’ve tried here in the states. Therefore, skip the dry hops (I hate to say this, because this is a wonderful brew WITH the dry hops).

  • 7.0 # British pale 2-row malt
  • 1.0 # Vienna malt
  • 1.0 # Munich malt
  • 0.5 # 80L Crystal malt
  • 1.0 # 120L Crystal malt
  • 0.25 # Chocolate malt
  • 0.5 # Dark brown cane sugar
  • 0.5 oz. Northern Brewer pellets (AA=7.1) at 60 min. (IBU=15)
  • 0.5 oz. Northern Brewer pellets (AA=7.1) at 30 min. (IBU=8)
  • 1.0 oz. Fuggles plugs (AA=4.2) at 30 min. (IBU=10)
  • 0.5 oz. Fuggles plugs (AA=4.2) at 5 min. (IBU=2)
  • 0.5 oz. Fuggles plugs (AA=4.2) dry hopped (IBU=0)
  • Wyeast 1338 European Ale yeast (1-2 pint starter)
  • 0.5 c. Corn sugar for bottling
OG: 1.057 FG: 1.015

Mash pale, vienna, and munich malts at 154F for 1.5 hours. Add crystal and chocolate malts at mash-out. Add sugar to the boil; adjust amount to hit OG (not more than 1# though). Hop as listed above; dry hops added after primary fermentation slows.

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