Chris' Favorite Old Ale

Source: Allen Reynolds
Recipe added: 12/21/96

This is a fairly quick and simple recepie that makes a dark copper-colored ale with a rich,full body and a moderate bitterness level. The molasses gives a very distinct character to this beer and it is well worth trying. If you dont want to use the liquid yeast, It's still good with the dried yeast- and it begins fermenting much faster, especially if you use both packets of yeast that come with the M&F kits.


Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 U.S. Gallons
Starting Gravity: 1.052
Finishing Gravity: 1.014
Time in Boil: 25 Min.
Primary Fermentation: 5 or 6 gallon glass carboy
Secondary Fermentation: none
Additional Fermentation: none



Bring 1 1/2 gallons of water to a boil, then add the malt extract,corn sugar,molasses,and 1oz. Saaz pellets. Return to a boil, and let it continue to boil for 25 minutes. 10 minutes before it's done,add the irish moss. After 25 minutes is up, remove from heat and add remaining 1/2 oz. Saaz hops and let them steep for 1-2 minutes. Fill a 5 or 6 gallon glass carboy with 2 gallons COLD water, and then strain wort for hops particles and place into carboy on top of cold water. Fill carboy with enough additional cold water to make a total of 5 gallons. Let cool to correct pitching temp. before adding yeast as instructed on packet. Allow to ferment completely, and then add 3/4 cup corn sugar to the beer before bottling to carbonate. Age at least 10 days in the bottle before drinking, 2-3 weeks best.
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