As suggestive as the name of this beer sounds, it is really just an ingredient exploration brew using Simpsons Golden Naked Oats in a basic blonde ale, hence “Naked” Blonde. I have only used oats once before in brewing, and that was flaked oats in an oatmeal stout (when I was a beginner brewer). Thus, to understand the flavor, color and aroma Golden Naked oats malt contributes in a beer, I thought of preforming an experiment by throwing them in a basic blonde ale grist. Since blonde ales have a low malt and hop presence to start, the Golden Naked oats should be apparent, especially at above 10% in the grist (see recipe below).
Update! Linked here are the tasting notes. In short, the Golden Naked Oats are quite interesting.
Golden Naked Oats Simpsons Maltings, the maltings which produces Simpsons Golden Naked oats, states on their website (www.simpsonsmalt.co.uk) that Golden Naked Oats are a “husk-less oat crystal malt”, and is an “exotic ingredient for subtle nutty difference,” with a color of 4-8 L. Exotic? I’m instantly interested. A nutty blonde? We will see. Similarly, reading the descriptions found on few homebrew shop websites say the Golden Naked oats have a nutty/berry type flavor contribution and satiny finish. I’m still excited.
Below are the pics of the brew night, as well as the recipe used (mileage may vary given your brew setup). Once packaged, I plan to bring a few of these to an Austin Zealots brew club meeting. Brewing and tasting notes coming soon, stay tuned!
Recipe: “Naked” Blonde Ale
2.5 Gallon Batch, all-grain
Stats: OG 1.044 FG 1.008 ABV ~5% IBU ~15, 85% mash efficiency
4 lbs American 2-row
8 oz Simpsons Golden Naked Oats (~12%)
Single-infusion mash at 148 F for 60 minutes
Boil additions of Cascade @ 60, 15 min to get to 15 IBU
1 packet of Fermentis Safeale US-05
Good clean water. My water is the city of Austin, so I adjusted it with a little gypsum to get the mash pH spot on.