Continuing my quest to make a solid pale ale this year, today’s entry, Nudges, isn’t quite right.

The picture doesn’t show it as well as I would like, but this beer is far more orange-amber colored than it is reddish. I tried to get the photo in the light but things were still a little dark. Sorry: I’m very much an amateur when it comes to photos.

It’s so amber colored, though, because of this:

Light malt extract

This is light malt extract (often abbreviated as LME in my recipes) and you may note that the color here is very similar to the color in the beer:

27022622962_15712cb01a_cIt’s got a soft nose of hops which are slightly fruity; the malt midrange is sweet, a little biscuit, maybe a touch of toffee. The finish doesn’t have a strong bitter quality; I’m starting to think I may have made an ESB instead of a pale. I am fairly certain that the C15 grains didn’t have that drastic an effect. Therefore, the Light Malt Extract seems like the most likely culprit. I should try Extra Light next time; I have feeling that will give me the results I’m looking for.

Still, Nudges is a good beer, drinkable and tasty. I learned something here and can put it to use on my next batches. A drinkable beer plus I learned something?  That’s a win-win in the best sense.

Brew date: 3/12/16

Steeping grains
3 lb Munich
3 lb full pint
2 lb C 15

Fermentables: 4 lb LME

1 oz Millenium @ 60
.5 oz Galena (pellets) @ 30
.5 oz Galena & 1 oz Millenium @ 10

Yeast: Imperial Barbarian (2nd use)

OG: 1.067

FG: 1.018

1/2 tsp Gypsum in boil
1 oz Glacier in secondary
Secondary 4/2

ABV: 6.6%

2 thoughts on “Nudges”

    1. I actually don’t get the malt extract at my homebrew shop: The staff does. As far as I know, my options are: Light, Extra Light and Dark. But it sounds like a little more investigation on my part would be a good idea!

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