Archive for June, 2012

Tasting a guest homebrew: Kiwi Ale and Re-Porter

Swopped some bottles with fellow brewers, starting the tasting with Johnny Rio’s latest labours of love. The first one is a “Kiwi Ale, 5.6% abv, ~35 ibu”. Other known facts I managed to dig up are Wai-iti, Cascade and Amarillo hops.



Fruity aroma, fruit cocktail, passion fruit, some piney resin. The taste is more passion fruit, smooth fruity bitterness, aftertaste oily bitterness. Some numbness and tinkling in the mouth. Dry and refreshing. Delicious! SWMBO found some gooseberry in the taste (I didn’t).

Of the next beer, “Re-Porter, 7.9% abv, ~45ibu” I found out the following: Safale S-04, EKG, Willamette, oak chips in brandy. Lively bugger!



Prominent roast aroma, coffee. Taste is more of the same with good bitterness. Some fruitiness, could be from the yeast. Oak? Brandy? Could be, hard to tell, this beer is HUGE and I am getting a very warm glowing sensation in my chest. Could’ve saved this one for Christmas but what the heck – good beers come and go.

Two smashing beers from Johnny Rio.


Tasting notes #22: KesäWehnä (Hefeweizen)

June 27, 2012 Comments off

This brew was almost exactly the same as my previous Hefeweizen except with a bit more wheat, some Munich added and the yeast was Danstar Munich Wheat instead of Safbrew WB-06.  It looks the business:

On every level this version is less and I put it down to yeast. It is dryish but with some malty sweetness (Munich malts?). No banana, no cloves, no tartness. The only redeeming features of this technically sound beer are the dryness and the fact that it’ll slip down nicely should the heat wave hit Tavastland. I’ll be using WB-06 for my Hefeweizens in the future.

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Tasting notes #20: Summer Pale Ale

June 14, 2012 Comments off

Summer Pale Ale has a nice hoppy nose, thanks to the Cascade hop oil added during bottling – seems like a great product in order to get the benefits of dry-hopping without the downside of hops soaking up precious beer. Beer seems to punch above its weight too. Nottingham yeast goes very well with this session APA (no more fruitiness of S-04) and the yeast leaves a very thin film of sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle and even the last drop into the glass is clear. So very unlike S-04.

Taste is dry, citrusy, hoppy and the Munich malts are very much in play. Hop profile actually seems to be very close to that of Thornbridge Brewery’s Wild Swan.

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Brew #22: KesäWehnä (Hefeweizen)

June 6, 2012 Comments off

Must’ve been poor efficiency, aimed at 1052 OG and 24 litres into the FV, got 1044 and 23, respectively.

name KesäWehnä
“style” Hefeweizen
IBU 13
OG 1044
yeast Danstar Munich Wheat
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale malt 2.00 36.4%
grain 2 Munich malt 0.50 9.1%
grain 3 Wheat malt 3.00 54.5%
total 5.50 100%
hops hop gram minutes
bittering Liberty 3.6% 45 60
total 45
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 45
step 2 15 45
step 3 10 52
step 4 40 62
step 5 20 72
mash with 26 litres
sparge with 6 litres
into FV 23 litres

Recipe: KesäWehnä
“Style”: Weizen/Weissbier
Brewed: 6/6/2012
Bottled: 6/14/2012
OG: 1.044 SG
FG: 1.010 SG
Alc%vol: 4.4 %
In FV: 23L
Bottled: 21.58L

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Brew #21: Saison de Cassis

June 2, 2012 Comments off
name Saison de Cassis
“style” Belgian Saison
IBU 26
EBC 11
OG 1054
brewing date 2-Jun-12
yeast WLP566 (Belgian Saison II)
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 4.40 82.6%
grain 2 Wheat malt 0.35 6.6%
grain 3 Munich 0.20 3.8%
grain 4 Crystal 150EBC (76L) 0.15 2.8%
adjunct 1 Invert sugar 0.23 4.2%
total 5.33 100%
hops & spices hop gram minutes
bittering Brewers Gold 7.3% 30 60
flavour Saaz 3.4% 30 20
aroma Saaz 3.4% 40 10
spice Orange zest 10 15
spice Clove 1 spice 10
total 110
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 45
step 2 30 45
step 3 15 55
step 4 30 62
step 5 15 68
step 6 10 74
Protafloc tablet
1/2 litre blackcurrant concentrate into the boil
mash with 26 litres
sparge with 6 litres
into FV 24 litres

Recipe: Saison de Cassis
“Style”: Saison
Brewed: 6/2/2012
Bottled: 6/27/2012
OG: 1.054 SG
FG: 1.008 SG
Alc%vol: 6.0 %
In FV: 24L
Bottled: 20.89L

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