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OTFPOTD - More beer a brewing edition

The gruit thing is growing on me.  The 7% ABV and odd herbal taste makes it so I don't want to drink too much, but I can now see why people brewed with gruit herbs before hops was widely used.  It's not really beer though.  My "recipe" would not hold in a competition, but it was more pleasant than I expected.  Next gruit is still going to be that Anti-imperial stout, but I have a mild ale to do first. 

I picked up 10 lbs of pale malt and am going to try and mash the malt my self.  Always time for a first :)  If it doesn't work out I piced up some light malt extract syrup and dry malt extract. 

My goal with the mild ale is to make a "low alcohol" brown ale and see how well it turns out.  I have some Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale yeast (Stout yeast) and some Safale-04 in the fridge.  I'm leaning toward Safale-04 because it has higher attenuation, higher flocculation, and leaves less of the diacetyl and estery (buttery and fruity) tastes in the beer than the Irish Ale yeast.  I may save the Irish ale for my stout.  I plan on steeping in 6 oz of Brown malt, 6 oz Crystal 60L, 2 oz Chocolate malt, 1 oz of Black malt, and 1 oz of roasted barley.  I'm going to do 3 editions of .5 oz  Kent Goldings hops. 

Guess I let you know how it turns out.  I may ALSO start a stout today, but not the anti-imperial one.  I don't think I have enough mugwort and would need to find Licorice Root, Vanilla Bean, chicory, etc. 

Also, try and give me some idea for a beer to brew.  Someday I may share.  Not next weekend though.  I will most likely have to work, so no LL/USSM event for me :(

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