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Offline nwcitrus

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'Oregon Grey' Ale
« on: April 01, 2017, 03:16:14 PM »
I've been working on a special brew for some time. You know how I like to experiment. I kept it a secret because it seemed so crazy. I finally perfected the recipe and decided to unveil it so you can try it too. If you do, please let me know your results.

It's called 'Oregon Grey'. I consider it a winter ale as it really brings out the beauty of the Oregon winter sky. However it is a cross between a German Schwarzbier and a Belgian Witbier so it could be enjoyed winter or summer. In summer you may see a slight blue cast when drinking outside instead of the classic grey.

The key to the special color is the correct proportion of the malts. This is what I usually use:

5 lb Weyermann Pilsner Malt
5 lb Flaked Wheat
15 oz Crisp Malted Oats (naked)
1 oz Weyermann Carafa Special III (dehusked)

You must use German Pilsner, Malted Oats (no flakes) and the 'Special' de-husked version of Carafa III to get the correct color to form. For some reason American Pilsner doesn't work. I expect it's because it is gown with too much Nitrogen.

I find it works with ale or lager yeast but you must lager it for at least 2 months for the gold pigments to settle out. I like to brew it like a Witbier and just add the right proportion of Carafa III.

If someone is interested I can post the Beersmith Recipe.

Enjoy!
« Last Edit: April 01, 2017, 04:25:33 PM by nwcitrus »

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Re: 'Oregon Grey' Ale
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2017, 03:33:25 PM »
That is awesome, I love how grey it is.  I feel compelled to try this.
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Re: 'Oregon Grey' Ale
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2017, 04:04:38 PM »
Happy April 1!
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Re: 'Oregon Grey' Ale
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2017, 04:07:12 PM »
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Re: 'Oregon Grey' Ale
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2017, 04:15:27 PM »
Dishwater Draft.
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Re: 'Oregon Grey' Ale
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2017, 04:24:10 PM »
Damn, it is April 1st isn't it. 
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