I am going to start putting up a little post whenever what's on tap at home changes. I will also make an effort to post when I brew something as well. To that end, here's the first post on that subject!
The Porter I brewed came out really nice. When I first kegged it I was kind of disappointed, but I really should have just remembered it was REALLY green, and give it a little time. Within a few weeks it started to mellow and taste really good. The only thing I would do different is a little more yeast (no starter and I pulled it off thee yeast early so FG was 1.020) and it could use a little vanilla.
The Belgian Dubbel is good! It tastes a little better every week, but it's really tasty as is. Next time I'm going to use some oak chips, and I'm going to try natural carbonation in the keg instead of force-carbing.
Schwartbier is easy drinking and smooth. Not much more to say other than it's pretty refreshing and has some nice malt notes.
The Pale Ale turned out great - this one probably won't last that long. Next time I might put in a little flaked rye for a touch more mouthfeel? Maybe not though, as it stands up well as-is.
Fermenting right now is my copy of Arrogant Bastard which I call "Conceited Jerk". It will be ready to be kegged this weekend, and will wait patiently in the keggerator for a free tap. Recipe below!
Recipe: Conceited Jerk (5g) Ingredients: ------------ Amt Name Type # %/IBU 12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 76.2 % 1 lbs 4.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 2 7.9 % 1 lbs Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.3 % 1 lbs Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 4 6.3 % 8.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 5 3.2 % 1.50 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 6 60.7 IBUs 0.75 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 13.7 IBUs 0.75 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15. Hop 8 6.8 IBUs 2.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 9 - 1.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs Mash Schedule: HERMS 151
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