Sunday, October 16, 2005

Clan Morrison Scottish Ale Bottled

I bottled up the Clan Morrison Scottish Ale (see below) today and I was pretty pleased with the results. There's a bit more bitterness than I would like for a Scottish Ale, but I think this will soften a bit after a month or so in bottles. The malt aroma was very pleasant with the amber malt (grain, not extract) adding a wonderful biscuit or cookie-like aroma to the beer. I'm certain the Maris Otter added to the crisp, cracker-like maltiness. The body was about right, perhaps a bit on the light side. The color came out a little lighter than I had hoped, but I still think it's to style.

I had a problem with a leak from my bottling bucket during my last bottling session. I've since replaced the spigot for the bucket and I didn't have any problems bottling today. The bottling session seemed to take up a bit less time than usual, but that's probably because I scrubbed and washed all equipment in the morning and sanitized everything, racked and filled the bottles in the evening. Breaking up some of the tasks worked well and I think I'd do that again, perhaps cleaning everything the day before and sanitizing the next day.

I think the next beer I brew will be an ordinary bitter.

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