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Tasting impressions #46: Kölsch

June 26, 2013 Comments off

Finished a bit too high at 4.5 per cent abv. Slightly hazy and most likely will never get a chance to drop bright. The bits showing just below the head are not yeast but tiny bubbles grouped together.

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Aroma is fruity. Taste is slightly bitter and slightly malty, nice balance, very crisp and lager-like. SWMBO likes this a lot almost ice-cold, lager-like. It is lager-like but only better – it is ale after all.

A bottle of this beer (amongst some other beers) will hopefully in late July find its way to Arde and his blog.

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The Kernel Brewery Part 6: The Final Push

June 16, 2013 Comments off

I lost interest at this stage, the task proved to be too much – no tasting impressions except the beers were all jolly nice and I recommend them fully. Nice looking beers and also got finally rid of this draft.

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Tasting impressions #44 and #45: Bram X and Bog Standard – Cask

June 9, 2013 Comments off

Deep in the forests of Tavastland Proper there is a hideaway Sauna, rumoured to have the best LÖYLY (steam and heat from the KIUAS (hot stones placed on top of Sauna stove)) of this backward country.

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By default, this would make it the best Sauna in, not only Finland, but also the world. It looks the business – dark, ancient and steamy:

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This is what would be called the business end, radiating the softest and the most oxygen-rich heat to prevent drowsiness:

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In the olden days Saunas would’ve been used to malt grains for beer. And for childbirth. But I digress. The mythical view straight out of Holdstock’s Mythago Wood:

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So, tasting and comparing two beers after a dehydrating bathing session. Bramling Cross from cask:

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Bog Standard from cask:

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A real testament to the consistency of Speidel Braumeister brewing system. Exactly two same beers except for hopping. Bramling Cross wins by a country mile with its citrusy grapefruity freshness, leaving dusty, woody and bog standard EKG and Fuggles far behind. Both beers in perfect condition, almost makes me a southern beer drinker and forget about sparklers.

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Brew #47: Saison (de Seigle) IV 2013

June 8, 2013 Comments off

No spices this time but some rye malt instead. Fermenting in a warm sun-facing room, temperature around 25 to 32 degC depending on the weather and time of the day.

name Saison IV 2013
“style” Saison
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 34
EBC 15
OG 1052
brewing date 8-Jun-13
yeast Lallemand Belle Saison
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pilsner 2.00 37.7%
grain 2 Pale Ale 1.00 18.9%
grain 3 Rye 1.00 18.9%
grain 4 Vienna 0.35 6.6%
grain 5 Wheat 0.25 4.7%
grain 6 Munich 0.20 3.8%
grain 7 Carared 0.15 2.8%
grain 8 Caramunich II 0.10 1.9%
grain 9 Acidulated 0.10 1.9%
fermentable 1 Sugar 0.15 2.8%
total 5.30 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Brewers Gold 6.45% 29 60 18
Hallertau Spalt Select 6.6% 15 60 9
Styrian Goldings 4% 25 15 5
Hallertau Spalt Select 6.6% 5 15 2
total 74 34
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
1/4 tsp Gypsum in the boil
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Tasting impressions #45: Bramling Cross Single Hop Bitter

June 4, 2013 Comments off

Same beer as #44 except the hops differ, this beer being the reason the previous beer was brewed. This one also ended up at 1009 FG and 4 per cent abv. I did have one school-boy error though when brewing #44, I forgot to add Gypsum so had to leave it out from this one too.

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Slightly less head and carbonation. Aroma is also fruity but more on the citrus (grapefruit) front. Taste is very citrusy, dry also, mouthfeel about the same as it should be. Citrus brings that “American” taste and feel to the beer.

A very useful experiment because now I am convinced what kind of a bitter/pale ale I prefer to brew and drink. Although both beers worked and the latter even more so, the way to go is just to bitter the beer with hops like Target, Magnum, Challenger, Northdown and then use hops like EKG, Fuggles, Styrian Goldings, Bramling X for flavour and aroma. Because both of these beers lacked that initial hop bitterness even though the IBUs on paper are quite respectable.

And I still didn’t get that Ribena-like black currant at all.

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Tasting impressions #44: Bog Standard Bitter

June 4, 2013 Comments off

Four days after bottling, nice lasting head and ample carbonation – the beer is ready for its sole reason for existence. Gravity ended up at 1009 ie barely 4 per cent abv.

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The head lasts for ages, could be the multi-step mash schedule in the recipe. What a brilliant lacing on the glass. Aroma is peaches and summery fruits. Mouthfeel is a bit thin understandably. Fairly dry, some smooth bitterness. Bog standard really but am still a bit disappointed in Fuggles and EKG hops as I’ve had better results with them previously and seem to remember some woody, musky and dusty character, none of which are present in this beer. A light and fruity summer ale.

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Brew #46: Summer Cologne

June 3, 2013 Comments off

Picked up some freshly malted grains from the maltster, 40kg each of Pilsner dated 14th of May and Pale Ale dated 21st of May. A blonde easy summer ale with a dash of Cara-red. Super bright wort:

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name Summer Cologne
“style” Kölsch
brewlength 24 litres
IBU 25
EBC 11
OG 1049
brewing date 3-Jun-13
yeast Brewferm top
fermentables grain kg %
grain 1 Pilsner 2.20 44.4%
grain 2 Pale Ale 2.00 40.4%
grain 3 Carared 0.26 5.3%
grain 4 Vienna 0.25 5.1%
grain 5 Wheat 0.24 4.8%
total 4.95 100%
hops gram minutes ibu
Hallertau Spalt Select 6.6% 30 FWH 19
Hallertau Spalt Select 6.6% 20 15 6
total 50 25
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 48
step 2 10 48
step 3 30 62
step 4 20 72
step 5 10 78
1/4 tsp Gypsum in the boil
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