Weasel Breweries™ Recipes:
Olde Pyehole's Unicorn Ale™

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An enchanting English Old Ale for virgins or virgins-at-heart. This prodigious old ale contains absolutely no horn of Unicorn, no scale of Manticore, no Camelopard fur, nor any other mystic animal bits. Even so, it holds much of value. Who knows? It may help. Yet another Full Metal Hoopajoop from the Monks of Ann Arbor Abbey™, who are said to be wise in the ways of Love.

Extract and partial mash. English old ale style with extra kick from the Aussie yeast. Makes 5 gallons. Elapsed time: 1.5 hours.

  • 8 lbs. Amber malt extract
  • 1.5 lbs. cracked British Crystal Malt
  • 0.5 lb. cracked Special B Malt
  • 0.25 lb. cracked Chocolate Malt
  • 8 oz. blackstrap molasses
  • 1.5 oz. pelleted Northern Brewer hops (bittering)
  • 0.5 oz. pelleted Hallertau hops (flavoring)
  • 1 oz. pelleted Fuggles hops (flavoring, aroma)
  • 1 tsp. Irish Moss (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Yeast nutrient (optional)
  • 0.5 tsp. Chillguard (optional)
  • 1 package dry Australian Ale Yeast

In a 30 liter stainless steel brew pot, bring 20 liters cold water to a boil.

Meanwhile, add 5 liters cold water to a 20 liter stainless steel sparge pot. Place specialty grains in muslin or nylon sparging bag and add to water. Begin heating. When temperature reaches 180 F, turn off heat and sparge grains for an additional five minutes. Then, remove bag and squeeze remaining tasty goodness from bag using a collander and a large bowl. Discard grains.

When brew pot reaches boil, begin stirring water and add malt extract and 8 oz. Blackstrap Molasses. Stirring will prevent the malt extract settling to the bottom of the bot and burning. Next, add the contents of the sparging pot. Stir a few more times for good measure. Inhale.

Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil again. When boiling, the mixture forms a foam layer which can rise out of the pot and burn on your stove. Be careful to avoid this. It is messy and difficult to clean.

Boil the wort for 60 minutes, adding ingredients at the following intervals:

Start of boil: Bittering hops - 1.5 oz. Northern Brewer, 0.5 oz. Hallertau

45 minutes: Flavoring hops - 0.5 oz. Fuggles, Irish Moss, Yeast nutrient

55 minutes: Aroma hops - 0.5 oz. Fuggles

60 minutes: Stop boil

Cool the wort to 85 F or lower before adding yeast. Cool the wort as quickly as possible to prevent infection. Leave wort in primary fermenter until fermentation subsides (about a week). Leave wort in secondary fermenter for an additional two to three weeks. Bottle and age to taste. (Weasel Breweries recommends a minimum of two months. More is better.)

First brewed 4 January 1998.

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Last update: 29 August 2011