British Strong Ale
Codename : Westfort Heart of Oak Alethorpe
While researching recipe ideas, I discovered the notion of adding oak chips to a beer after it has completed the first week of fermentation. The title is loosely inspired by the song Heart of Oak, an anthem used by many Commonwealth navies.
- 2 lbs 10 oz Maris Otter malt (3.8L)
- 1 oz Caramel malt (120L)
- 1 oz Rye malt (3.5L)
- 0.5 oz Black malt (450L)
- 0.20 oz Cascade hops at 60 minutes
- 0.20 oz Willemette hops at 15 minutes
- ¼ tsp Irish Moss (optional) at 15 minutes
- ¼ tsp yeast nutrient (optional) at 15 minutes
- 0.20 oz Willemette hops at 10 minutes
- 0.20 oz Willemette hops at 5 minutes
- 0.20 oz Fuggle hops at 0 minutes
- 6 ml Nottingham Ale yeast
- 1o grams toasted oak for secondary fermentation
Anticipated ABV : 7.0%
Anticipated IBU : 45
Anticipated SRM : 15
Target OG : 1.070
Pre-boil SG : 1.046
Target FG : 1,017
Brewhouse (in)efficiency : 67%
- Prepare 7.8L strike water, 159F.
- Add the milled grains to the bag.
- Place the bag in the hot water, set the timer for 75 minutes, and maintain the temperature at 152 F.
- Calibrate the sonic screwdriver.
- Lift the bag out of the water, and allow it to drip into the pot. Every bit of sugar that can be extracted will benefit the end ABV.
- Bring up to a boil, 212F, set the timer for 60 minutes. Add hops, yeast nutrient and Irish Moss as prescribed above.
- Sanitise everything required for fermentation.
- Cool to room temp, an ice-bath or a snowbank work effectively.
- Prepare yeast mixture.
- Add wort to the jug. Pitch yeast.
- Store in a cool place for primary fermentation for 7-14 days.
- If you have a second carboy, sanitise it, allow it to dry, and add the toasted oak.
- Siphon the contents from the primary carboy to the new carboy.
- Don’t have a second carboy? Just add it to the existing one..
- I am allowing the oak to infuse flavour for a week, feel free to extend the time for more oaky goodness.
- Sanitise everything required for bottling.
- Transfer from carboy to bottling pot.
- Prepare 24g corn sugar with enough hot water to dissolve it. Add to pot.
- Preferably conduct bottle conditioning for at least 6 weeks. You can crack one open early, but you might be disappointed. You have been warned.
- Requisite gravity achieved, although I had to steep the grain for 90 minutes instead of the planned 75 minutes. Really not sure why.
- I use cloth tea bags to contain the mess of the dry hops, two of them opened during boil and gooed up the wort, hopefully it will settle out.
Brew day : 10-Nov-2022
Bottling day :