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Hobgoblin Clone

Posted: June 13, 2010 in All Recipes, English Ale

Hobgoblin Clone
8.82lbs Maris Otter (English Pale Malt)
0.46lbs Caramel/Crystal 60L
0.37lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine
0.28lbs Chocolate Malt
0.44oz Styrian Goldings 5.2% (First Wort Hops)
0.44oz Fuggles 5.1% (First Wort Hops)
0.44oz Styrian Goldings 5.2% (30 mins)
0.44oz Fuggles 5.1% (30 mins)
1 tsp Irish Moss (15 mins)
0.44oz Styrian Goldings 5.2% (0 mins)
0.44oz Fuggles 5.1% (0 mins)
Nottingham Yeast

Target OG = 1.058
Target FG = 1.014
OG = 1.063
FG = 1.012
IBU = 31.4
ABV = 6.7%

Mash at 156ºF (I hit 153ºF).  Primary for 1 to 2 weeks.  Secondary for 2 weeks.

06/13/10 – Brewed today and managed 81.7% mash tun efficiency…woot!

06/20/10 – Gravity was 1.016.  Transferred to secondary.  The beer still tastes very young and has some extra bitterness that should subside over the next 6 weeks or so.  Not too much of a toffee flavor yet.  Has a nice ruby/brown color.

07/04/10 – FG was 1.012.  Finished at 6.7% alcohol.  It has a nice toffee/malty note without being overly sweet.  It has a pleasant fruitiness to it.  And what wonderful color.  This thing came out a CLEAR ruby/brown (I have no idea how I did that).  The alcohol gives it a little warming finish but nothing harsh.  Can’t wait to see what it looks and tastes like in a few weeks.  I will buy a bottle of Hobgoblin and do a side by side comparison then.

07/11/10 – I “sneak previewed” one of these a week after carbonation started with Mike on Barleywine brew day.  I didn’t like the initial roasted character of this beer right out of the fridge.  Once it warmed up to the ~55ºF range, the roasted character blended wonderfully with the biscuit and toffee notes.  It even has a little fruity character to it as it warms up (probably from the Nottingham).  It pours a beautiful ruby/brown and is crystal clear.