|This is a beer for the common man of France,|
The French country ale shares it's heritage with
Biere de Garde, but unlike BDG doesn't need
long periods of lagering to finish malty and clean.
What? You can't use a spoon to keep temperatures consistent, you have to have a eHERMs, recirculating wort, blue tooth controlled wort production machine!
Well yes, yes you can use a spoon. I can and do all the time. It's just home brew. You can do what ever you want. And I want to brew 3.5 gallons of a french country ale with a luxurious malt profile and mouth feel. And they way you do that? You step mash, and you do a decoction. Both techniques have been covered ad nauseum on this blog, recently. So I won't get into too much detail on that today.
Wait a minute, hold on now you're brewing a weird size. What the holy heck? Why can't you just do things the way the beer police say to do them?
Well in truth, at Mark's we dont want to make a 5 gallon batch. He lives in a loft. We don't want to carry beer from the kitchen to the laundry room for chilling. So we make a smaller batch and chill it with an ice batch in the sink.
This weekend we will be showing you that you can combine techniques. They are just tools. And we'll be applying the knowledge we have built with you on this site to use step mashing and decoction,
So here is the recipe, and the process. Just in case you want to brew along.
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11 SRM - may be slightly higher due to the decoction
5.5 lbs of Vienna Malt -
.75 lbs of C20
1.0 lbs of Table Sugar
.50 lbs of Aromatic
.50 lbs of Biscuit
.6 oz of Northern Brewer at First Wort 9% AA = 5.4 AAUs
.5 oz of Strisselspalt at 25 Minutes to go in the boil 4% AA = 2 AAUs
.5 oz of Strisselspalt at 10 Minutes to go in the boil 4% AA = 2 AAUs
1 tsp of yeast nutrient
Fermentis K97 Yeast 2 packages. Added Dry to chilled wort
The grains will strike into 4.5 Gallons of 120 F water - The grains will rest at 115 F for 15 Minutes
The mash will be stirred and heated to 132 F - where it will rest for 15 minutes
The mash will be stirred and heated to 146 F - where it will rest for 30 Minutes
A decoction will be pulled and brought to a boil for 15 minutes no need to rest at 150 -
The decoction will be added back into the main mash to raise the temperature to 168 F.
The grains will be pulled and set on a rack above the kettle to drain. squeeze to get to volume.
The pre boil volume should be about 4 Gallons.
From here on out it is just like any other batch.