Source: Mark Stevens
Recipe added: 11/19/97
This is a recipe that I developed when writing a summary
of the old ale style. The complete discussion of the style
and how the recipe was developed are at:
An excellent, comprehensive discussion of old ales and the
elements that make a successful old ale recipe can be
found in Ray Daniels article from the Winter 1996 issue
(I think that's the right one...) of Zymurgy magazine.
As always, comments welcome...
Recipe type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Starting Gravity: about 1075
Time in Boil: 60 minutes+
Primary Fermentation: 7-10 days at 65-68 F
Secondary Fermentation: 1-2 weeks at 65-68 F
Additional Fermentation: Age several months, if desired, possibly in wood if you're adventurous
- 12 lb pale ale malt
- 1 lb crystal malt (40-60 L)
- 1/3 lb chocolate malt
- 3/4 lb dark brown sugar
- 2 oz East Kent Goldings hops (about 4% alpha), 60 minute boil
- 1 oz Fuggles hops (about 3.8% alpha), 45 minute boil
- Wyeast #1968 English ESB
- 1/2 cup corn sugar (priming)
Mash grains using single-step infusion process at 155 degrees F.
Sparge to kettle and boil for 75 to 90 minutes. Add brown sugar.
Add 2 ounces of Goldings to boil for 1 hour. Add 1 ounce of Fuggles 15
minutes later. Force chill to 65 degrees and pitch yeast.
Ferment 7-10 days at 65-68 degrees F.
Rack to secondary fermenter and rest another 1-2 weeks.
Prime and bottle or keg, as usual.
To adapt this recipe for extract brewing, substitute 6.6 pounds of
golden or light malt extract syrup
and 2 pounds of light dry malt extract for the 11 pounds of pale
malt. Steep the crystal and chocolate
malts in steaming water, strain out grains, then add the extracts
and the brown sugar. Proceed with
the rest of the recipe as described.
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