Archive for October, 2011
Got some sassafras root to go into either a root beer porter or a sassafras spruce porter. I’ll decide later which one to brew.
Made some changes to the coop last weekend. Added a couple roosts and a nesting box. Should be starting to lay pretty soon I hope.
Tasting Notes 10/26/11 Brewed 8/26/09
Appearance: bright coppery amber with a tint of orange. 1 finger head of fine, thick bubbles. Amazing lacing. Very brilliant, no cloudiness at all.
Smell: big cinnamon, boozy, faint orange, alcohol stings the nose slightly
Taste: candy sweet upfront, caramelly and toasty in the middle, light cinnamon in the end.
Mouthfeel: thin, oily, big carbonation bite, alcohol heat after swallowing
Drinkability: Not a quaffer. There is a lot of flavor in this braggot but it doesn’t blow away your taste buds.
Overall: This is finally coming around to be enjoyable. The flavors are melting together and the alcohol bite has dropped down finally.
I’d brew this again with a bit more Earl Grey and less cinnamon next time, perhaps more grains and less honey too. Not major increases/decreases just slight adjustments.
Brewed up what was supposed to be an ordinary bitter today but got really really good efficiency so it’s more like an ESB. I mashed in before church starting about 8:45, then brought up to a mashout after church at about 12:15. The recipe:
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 9.00 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) UK (1.0 SRM) Grain 80.92 %
0.50 lb Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 5.78 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 5.78 %
0.40 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4.62 %
0.25 lb Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 2.89 %
0.75 oz Goldings, East Kent [6.10 %] (90 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 20.2 IBU
0.25 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops –
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [3.00 %] (30 min) Hops 8.7 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [3.00 %] (15 min) Hops 2.8 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [3.00 %] (1 min) Hops 0.2 IBU
I added 4-1/8 tsp gypsum to the mash
Original Gravity: 1.047 SG
Bitterness: 31.9 IBU
Est Color: 9.6
The 1st ounce were commercial, the 2nd two ounces were homegrown by Joe from our homebrew club, thanks Joe!