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12 Brews of Christmas: #8 Heathrow Ale

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 by in 12 Brews of Christmas 2014, Beer, Herbs, Honey, Liquid Extract, Safale US 05 | 0 comments

Heathrow Ale

Yarrow ale ingredients
On the eighth day of Christmas let us once again take a trip down memory lane… This fine ale is adapted from a Dram Apothecary recipe. I don’t know who they are but I feel like we are kindred spirits. They make lovely bitters and syrups that include locally foraged ingredients. All hail Dram Apothecary.

So let us carry on with the ingredient list:

1 1.4lb can of light liquid extract.
3 oz of rice syrup solids
9.4 grams yarrow
4.7 grams heather tips
Add the above ingredients after water comes to a boil (170 degrees-ish)

After boiling for 55 minutes add:
9.4 grams yarrow
4.7 grams heather tips
4.7 grams wild cherry bark

Stop the boil at the 60 minute mark and cool to 70 degrees before adding yeast and moving to the fermenter. I am using my tried and true, Safale US 05.

I think I will use sage honey for bottling in a couple of weeks.

Heathrow Ale

I’ve been wanting to use yarrow for awhile now and this recipe seemed like a safe bet with the heather tips mixed in. The heather has really given it an interesting purplish hue.

It has a slightly medicinal scent, but this will mellow with the fermenting.

This was the first time I’ve used either rice syrup or rice syrup solids before. I am amazed that the local brew shops carry all the weird items that I’m looking for. Somebody besides me must be crazy. The rice syrup is supposed to make the brews lighter. Apparently the folks at Budweiser use tons of this stuff. Hmm. Since the “light malt” was pretty dark, the rice syrup solids just left it at a lovely amber color but once I added the heather tips, all lights out. Fine with me.

This one really smells great. Can’t wait for the moment of truth.

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