Wednesday, October 31, 2007

OP - first taste

After 6 weeks in the bottle I thought I'd allow myself a quality control sample of the second batch of the 'Super Saturday' Brewathon. The Old Peculier clone fermented down to 1012 so ended up at final strength of 6.85%. That's going to be putting some hairs on some chests!

This first sample already tastes really well balanced between malt, hop, roast and a little vinous taste in the mouth, with just the right amount of goldings flavour and aroma left with a bitterness that seems, well, just right too. It stands up against a side-by-side comparison with the original too, apart from the strength. Colour-wise, the same dark ruby with a very similar fruity, rich deep malty taste. A great brew and one to do again.

Gail gets drunk

After a month under secondary fermentation my resolve has crumbled and I've had a cheeky pint. It was gooooood, very nice indeed. All the flavours have smoothed out even more and the end result is something that has an earthy dark roast flavour with a nice residual sweetness. The Mrs says "quite like bitter dark chocolate - I could drink a pint of that". From a non-beer drinker that's praise indeed...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Biscuit Beer?

An early-starting brewday today, and a bit of a weird selection of ingredients in the store cupboard (and no crystal malt) meant either a light mild ale was on the cards or this recipe that I haven't really paid much attention to before: a clone of the Bitter from Smiles Brewery, Bristol. It is described as "A golden quaffer with ripe malt in the mouth and a long finish with hops, fruit and nuts". Sounds 'the nuts' to me. This is the first time I've used Amber Malt, which is supposed to give a lovely roasty, biscuity and nutty taste to the beer.

Smiles Brewery Bitter

Original Gravity: 1.045
Terminal Gravity: 1.008
Alcohol: 4.85%
Bitterness: 30.24

4kg Maris Otter Pale
500g Amber Malt
250g Torrified Wheat
40g Goldings (5.8%) - 60 min
20g Goldings (5.8%) - 15 min
1 Whirlfloc Tablet (Irish moss) - 15 min
20 g Goldings (5.8%) - steeped after boil
Danstar Nottingham