This is the recipe that John Palmer (author, How to Brew) formulated for Dawson based on their interview in Episode 8: NHC 2010. You know - when Dawson asked John what the hobbits most likely drank. This is John's recreationist shire ale as seen brewed in Episode 69: Palmer's Oaked Mild. Revised recipe will be available as a kit from Northern Brewer in early 2013. Until then, try your hand at this version.
Belladonna Took's Oaked Mild
BTV Recipe formulated by John Palmer
This mild brown ale is designed to be toasty, with hints of sourdough bread and roast, but the high crystal malt will balance the tannins and provide a balanced finish.
70% Efficiency, single infusion mash at 152F
7 gallons collected, 6 gallons post boil
OG 1.034, 16 IBU, 15 SRM
6 lbs of Maris Otter Pale malt
1 lbs Crystal 60
0.5 lbs Briess Special Roast
0.5 lbs Flaked Oatmeal (instant)
0.5 lbs Flaked Wheat
0.25 lbs Chocoate malt
0.5 oz of East Kent Goldings (5%) 45 minutes
0.5 oz of Progress (5%) 45 minutes
Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley or White Labs WLP022 Essex Ale
3 oz of American oak cubes, medium toast added to the keg.
Remove cubes after 2 months.
Option - Toast the oatmeal and flaked wheat in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes or pan-fry (dry) over high heat until toasted. The oak is also going to add to toast and roast flavors, so proceed with caution.