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Elmer

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Needed a gallon of beer to brine a turkey in December so decided to give a scotch ale a try.

3.5 gallon batch
4 gallon boil
6# Marris Otter
.5 # roasted barley
.25# crystal 40
.25# crystal 80 (lhbs was out of crystal 60)
4 Tbsp light brown sugar

1 oz fuggles 60 min
WLP 028 Yeast

Mash 154f 60 min
1 quart boiled down w/brown sugar

SG 1.050
67% efficiencyIMG_1618.jpgIMG_1619.jpgIMG_1620.jpg

Batch is way darker than anticipated (may be either the brown sugar or crystal 80)
 

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The roasted barley might have added a bit of color too. The one I usually use is like 300 to 350 Lovibond.

My wife likes a good scotch ale (she likes Appalachians version of it since it is local). Hmmm, sounds like a project for this weekend, maybe...
 

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Crystal 80 is starting to get up in darkness as well.

But with using to brine does the color matter?
 

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Crystal 80 is starting to get up in darkness as well.

But with using to brine does the color matter?
I am bottling this weekend, will let you know how it goes.

Also going to use a bottle and make gravy, to go with beer brined turkey
 

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I am bottling this weekend, will let you know how it goes.

Also going to use a bottle and make gravy, to go with beer brined turkey
Sounds good, need to try beer brined turkey.
 

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Put 1 gallon in a jug for turkey brining.
The other gallon and half I bottled.
I most likely goofed up the prime sugar. After racking I realized I had washed the markings off the outside my car boy. Therefore I had to estimate how many gallons I was going to bottle. I estimated 2 gallons and only had 1.5.
However I only carbed to 2.0 so a little more might not hurt.

The taste is dark and malty!IMG_1676.jpg
 
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