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Offline Pope of Dope

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Corn in my Pale Ale
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:59:47 PM »
Here's my pale ale recipe:
12 lbs 2 row
1 lb German Munich
.5 crystal 40

1oz Simcoe @60, .5 Calypso @15, 1 oz Simcoe/1 oz Calypso @ 0, 1.5 oz Simcoe @ Dry
Safale 05

Would it be a bad idea to add 10% maize to a pale ale?  I've not done this, but noticed the nice looking champagne clarity from adding corn in other brews and would like to achieve these characteristics.
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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 06:24:15 PM »
Here's my pale ale recipe:
12 lbs 2 row
1 lb German Munich
.5 crystal 40

1oz Simcoe @60, .5 Calypso @15, 1 oz Simcoe/1 oz Calypso @ 0, 1.5 oz Simcoe @ Dry
Safale 05

Would it be a bad idea to add 10% maize to a pale ale?  I've not done this, but noticed the nice looking champagne clarity from adding corn in other brews and would like to achieve these characteristics.

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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2018, 08:30:58 PM »
The Brits have been using flaked maize in their Pale Ale's for over 100 years. I find that around 10-12% is the point where I start to taste the sweet corn flavor a bit. Personally, I appreciate it in some styles, but YMMV depending on the style.
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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
I have used flaked maize in a hoppy lager and love the results. No reason not to try it!

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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 02:48:45 PM »
Corn was used in Ballantine IPA back in the day.

Give it a try.
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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2018, 07:48:58 PM »
I brewed a pale ale with
84% pale ale malt
8% carapils
8% flakes corn

I was aiming for something close to Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale. Turned out pretty good.
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Re: Corn in my Pale Ale
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 09:06:42 PM »
You tried to clone Lord Chesterfield Ale? Man, I remember when I lived in southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 1980s, I used to buy it by the case for like ten bucks.  Returnable brown stubby bottles. It was cheap!

Back to the OP, I like a touch of corn sweetness in some of my ales, particularly the English bitter.  I tend to avoid it in my hoppy American ales, as I like them on the crisp side.