It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas around here. I bottled my Earl Grey Cinnamon Braggot and it smells fantastic! This was a brew I was worried about with the Nottingham yeast issues. I had to pitch the wort onto a fresh S-05 yeast cake because it didn’t take off due to the bad Notty. I was afraid that having two different yeast strains in there would potentially cause problems. I wonder if the strong S-05 just over powered the weak Nottingham yeasties?

The FG was 1.012. The OG was 1.098. (1.098-1.012) x 131 =11.266. Big beer! What a great color to it. I took a taste and it has a real nice cinnamony taste to it. I put the sample into the fridge to taste cold later. I think this will taste awesome carbonated.

This was also my first trial of gelatin to clear up the very cloudy wort. It worked great as you can see in the sample. A weird gloopy mess in the bottom of the carboy was all the evidence left of the gelatin.

And again I got to make the difference in an unhappy Corona bottle. This little guy is proudly displaying a fine braggot, happy to finally contain something decent inside himself.

I can’t wait to try this one. If it is as good as I think it is going to be, I will be doing a double batch and make it all grain next time.

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