It’s been a while since I’ve updated, I haven’t been brewing a lot, but there are a few things I wanted to get down on paper, and it’s a good way to kill time on this airline fought.
The golden ale was a success! I enjoyed it a lot when it was fresh, it’s not so good now though and Hendo reckoned he could pick up green apple in it, which is obviously now all I can taste. That’s just a fermentation fault, perhaps I underpitched, or my temperature control wasn’t quite right. Nevertheless, the recipe is good and I’ll probably rebrew in the future when it warms up again.
I grabbed a fresh wort kit from work, since I was running out of stuff in my kegerator, last chance for this Belgian Saison yeast but it seems to have done ok. Started it hot and kept it hot, but it still stalled at 1.020. It’s finished and carbonation as I write this, but it has taken a month of fermenting at 35 degrees to get to this point. Blending the uncared beer with my golden ale results in deliciousness though, so that’s good. Started at 1.051 and finished at a very pleasing 1.004!
My quest for a brewing job was foiled again recently where I just missed out on a position at Bridge Rd Brewers in Beechworth. Bittersweet really, I didn’t want to move to Beechworth, but I would have for a foot in the door. I found out just today that a friend of mine, Stefan, beat me out for the job and I’m sure he will kick ass, I’m honestly just glad I don’t have to move! Even though the brewery itself is fantastic, and Beechworth is quite pretty, it’s in the middle of fucking nowhere. I highly recommend a visit though if you’re in the vicinity or passing through, the pizza is great and they have a big selection of nice beers on a tasting paddle. The bergamotto IPA blew my mind! It’s meant to have some of the aromatics of Earl grey, which is not a favourite of mine and I don’t like it in beer either (see gunnamatta IPA) but bergamotto was awesome and floral in just the right way. Check it out.
I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head on what I want to brew next. In no particular order, I want to brew:
– Smoked brown ale using the most delicious malt ever, Briess Cherrywood smoked.
– Belgian Dark Mild, something around 3%abv with lots of special b
– Smoked Imperial Baltic Porter inspired by the Porter Baltique by Les Trois Mousquetaires. Fantastic beer.
Looks like instead of all these, I’ll be putting down my Flanders Red since the sooner it’s souring the sooner I can drink it. There should be a blog post about it up this weekend if I can get my thumb out of my ass.