CHOCOLATE/ORANGE CREAM ALE - #3
- Liquid: 6 lbs
- Dry: 1 lb
- Chocolate Malt 4 oz
- Caramel Malt 4 oz
- Mount Hood Hops 1.25 oz - 60 min
- Citra Hops .8 oz - 60 min
- Saaz Hops 1 oz - 10 min
- Baking Chocolate (sweeter chocolate would be better)
- Lactose .5 lb?
- 5 Oranges - grate/zest into 2.5 gallons of water and let sit over night
- Cream Ale Yeast
My second batch was a disaster. It was some drunken combination of ingredients around the house including old molasses and steeped dried chili peppers. It tasted like a BBQ... like the grill of a dirty BBQ. It was a... learning experience.
With my newly found respect for the craft, my next batch involved a lot more research. This was still before I took detailed notes though. Since the last batch went to terribly wrong - I wanted to try something sweeter and I had just learned about the Cream Ale styles. Cream Ales use Lactose (a non-fermentable sugar) to give a silky smooth mouth feel and add a little bit of sweetness. Note: Lactose is the sugar in milk - milk is not sweet. I hadn't seen a lot of chocolate cream ales out there and thought orange might add a different spin - ie. Terry's Chocolate Orange Ball. Personally, "I don't like them... But _______ do."
I didn't take many notes at the time, but the as I recall this was a big fit among those who tasted it. The nose was massively Orange, but the flavor fell more to a bittersweet chocolate with an emphasis on bittersweet. If I were to brew this a second time, I would add a sweeter chocolate (syrup, perhaps?) and oranges to the boil.
- The day before brewing - grate and zest 5 oranges into 2.5 gallons of water and allow to sit over night.
- On brew day - In a small pot boil bring some water up to almost boiling and steep the grains in a bag for 30 mins.
- Add this mixture to a larger pot with water and boil. Strain as much out of the bag as possible.
- When the boil begins, add extract and begin the Additions Schedule in mesh bags.
- Cool down wort and pour into sanitized fermenter. Add Orange water and bring up to 5 gallons.
- Pitch Yeast.