Archive for November, 2010

Mega Update

Wow, I have fallen behind again…so here is a mega update:

I brewed 2 versions of a smoked porter recipe, one using the malt I smoked over apple wood and one using Briess cherry wood smoked malt.  The recipe was identical except for the smoked malt.  The Briess version ended up a bit too aggressive, and the apple wood version is really good if not a bit light in smoke character.  I will eventually try this again increasing the percentage of apple wood smoked malt just a touch.   Additionally I took a bit of the smoked porter and added some chipotle peppers to it.   I will have to try that one again, but I seem to recall the flavor being between the two with a slight bit of heat from the pepper.

I also brewed a Belgian Quad around the time of the porters.  This one turned out excellent!   Light fruity flavor from the yeast and dark fruit flavors from the D2 candi syrup.   Nice and delicious, though quite potent as well coming in around 10% ABV.

This coming weekend I plan on brewing a belgian strong, the “BL”, the amber/alt we served at Oktoberfest, and a new batch of Drama Queen in honor of Brent Favrah.  I’ll post recipe details and variations for these next week.

The lambic is tasting really good right now.  I think I will pull a couple kegs off & top off with the fresh beer I have lying in wait.   The fruited versions are also pretty interesting.  The apricot version turned quite a bit more sour, while the raspberry is showing a LOT of the fruit flavor and the cranberry is pretty light on color and flavor.

The blackberry flanders red is also tasting good right now.  The fruit flavor is there, but not overbearing, and it added a bit of a musty flavor that isn’t present in the unfruited version….interesting.  I will try to sample some of the unfruited red and the stout this week or next to report their progress.

FOBAB was once again a great event….some really interesting beers, and glad to see some of the new entrants taking home awards.  I was sad to see some of my favorite breweries didn’t send anything though (Surly and Jolly Pumpkin specifically)

Apparently Surly is still short on capacity to service the entire state of MN….so no Surly made it home from hunting last week, though we did score some 21st Ammendment and Deschutes which was a nice consolation prize for sure!  We did get to try some Darkness a few weeks ago when some kegs made their way to various bars in Illinois.   Good stuff as expected.  Now I am looking forward to trying the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla and Rare when we have Stoutfest sometime early in 2011….it will be hard to wait.

Good enough for now….will have updates on the next brews after the weekend.