Majority Ale style guidelines?

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  1. Daemose

    Daemose Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    I plan on having children soon.

    That being said, I've been interested by the idea of a Majority Ale. I know they were basically Old Ales brewed upon the birth of a child that was kept (cask conditioned) until they became an age old enough to drink, upon which it was consumed.

    Are there any style guidelines or would I just follow a standard Old Ale recipe and keep it for a long time?
     
  2. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,386) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I would go to a very high OG and a fairly high bittering charge.

    You might look at stuff on the internet for Alsop's Arctic Ale, or some of the commemorative ales for the birth or anniversary's of the Royals in England.
     
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  3. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (517) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I'd go for an October Ale. Gravity of 1120-1140, 100% pale malt, shitload of Goldings.
     
  4. Daemose

    Daemose Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Texas

    Thanks guys good stuff.
     
  5. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,386) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

  6. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (730) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    or in Mitch Steele's IPA Brewing Techniques, Recipes, and the Evolution of India Pale Ale (re. October Ales/Beers)
     
  7. GreenKrusty101

    GreenKrusty101 Crusader (730) Dec 4, 2008 Nevada

    or...
    Dr John Harrison (2003). Old British Beers and How To Make Them. Durden Park Beer Circle. ISBN 0-9517752-1-9.
     
  8. marquis

    marquis Crusader (760) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    I've got three recipes from Dave Line's book "Brewing Beers like those you buy" but dating from around 1970 it's a little sketchy on some details such as yeast strains or crystal malt specification (you used what you could get then) etc. They are supposed clones written with the assistance of the breweries concerned.
    The recipes are somewhat similar and perhaps a bit of "mix and match" might work well.They are all for 2 UK (2.4 US) gallon batches.
    Courage IRS OG 1103 (a surprising degree of accuracy for 1970s homebrewing!)
    6 lb pale malt
    1/2 lb crystal malt
    1/4 lb chocolate malt
    1 lb soft dark brown sugar
    3 oz Fuggles hops , full boil.

    Thomas Hardy Ale OG 1120
    7 lb Pale malt
    1 lb lager malt
    1 lb invert sugar
    4 oz Goldings hops , full boil

    Gales Prize Old Ale OG 1100
    6 1/2 lb Pale malt
    1 lb crystal malt
    1 oz black malt
    4 oz molasses
    3 3/4 oz Goldings hops , full boil.

    All are mashed at 151 deg F .
     
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  9. sjverla

    sjverla Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    I was looking at something @GreenKrusty101 mentioned today (Old British Beers) and noticed that a bunch of recipes also called for "crystal malt". Can it be assumed that it's a medium - say 60L - when it just says "crystal malt?"
     
  10. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,386) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

  11. inchrisin

    inchrisin Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

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