So back on 11-11-11 I brewed a pale ale. It's been just over 2 weeks in the bottle, and it's good... but it's missing something. The best way I can describe it is that it's a little "thin." It has great head and carbonation, but to me it just tastes like something is missing.
The recipe is as follows (Partial Mash)
5 gal batch
3 gal boil
2.5 lb American 2-Row
0.5 lb Crystal 40
3 lb light DME
1 lb light DME @ (Late addition, 30 min)
Mashed at 154-155 for 60min at a ratio of 1.8 qt/lb
Towards the end of the mash i noticed the temp slipping down below 150 so I added a few cups of hot water to get it back up.
Batch sparged with 0.51gal and 1.50 gal at 168. (Not sure how exact I was with the temperature here.
0.5 oz Simcoe @ 60 min
0.3 Amarillo @ 20 min
0.3 Cascade @ 20 min
0.3 Amarillo @ 10 min
0.3 Cascade @ 10 min
0.3 Simcoe @ 10 min
0.5 Amarillo @ 5 min
0.5 Cascade @ 5 min
0.5 Simcoe @ 5min
0.5 Amarillo @ 0 min
0.5 Cascade @ 0 min
0.5 Simcoe @ 0 min
Chilled wort to ~ 60 deg and pitched 1 bottle of East Coast Yeast (ECY 10) Old Newark Ale
Primary: 10 days (Temp roughly 68-72). Tried to keep it down with a swamp cooler... may have gone down to 63 at one point. I kept it up around 70-72 towards the end of fermentation.
Secondary: 10 Days (Temp probably around 70-72).
Dry Hopped for 7 days with 1.4 oz Amarillo, 1.4oz cascade, and 0.7 oz simcoe.
OG: Measured was around 1.03, but I got a low reading because I neglected to really mix up the wort and top off water really well before pitching. I topped up to 5 gallons.
Anticipated OG was 1.050.
FG: 1.012 at bottling time.
Carbonation: 5oz corn sugar (it has now been in bottles for roughly 3 weeks).
So I think I did everything ok... the thing that concerns me is maybe my temperature control. Everything is always cleaned with oxyclean and then sanitized. I was concerned about the low OG reading, but I've read a lot where if you don't mix up the wort really well, then you can get a low reading. Even if I removed the grains, my OG should still be 1.03.
The hop flavor/profile is great. But I still think it's missing something. Based on the process what would people recommend? Add another malt? (Victory or munich or something else), increase the amount of crystal? What would cause this beer to have such a "thin" taste to it. I really hope it didn't get infected because I have given some out as christmas gifts. I don't think infection is the issue personally, because it's still a decent beer, just not what I expected. Then again, my level of expectations for my beers are 100x higher than anyone I would give it to.
Thanks and Merry Christmas.