Sometimes in life when things go wrong, they go right. So in brewing.
Making a batch of Base Ejection Smoked Rye, we realised too late that one of the malts had a finer crush than our specified one. We cracked on. The mash stuck. It took hours to transfer to the kettle. The OG was way off target. Disaster. We debated dumping it.
A great brewer we know (Pete Hughes) has a mantra:
"The beer wants to be made".
Operating on this principal we cracked on. We transferred to the FV. We pitched the yeast. We waited. A week later we tried it.
Pete was right. This beer did indeed want to be made. May we introduce Smoky Pale.