Thursday, August 25, 2011
Cherry Hoppin' Ale update
I just took a hydrometer reading to see where the ale is at. It is still fermenting ever so slightly after 4 days in the secondary. Alcohol by volume is around 5.7 - 6% by my readings, but we still have some time to go. I didn't want to dump the sample back into the fermenter, so I gave it a taste. It is coming along nicely! The light maltiness is complemented by the cherries. The bitterness of the hops seems to be right on also. The dry hops are giving a big nose of passionfruit which is great with the cherries. The finish is cisping up as the residual sugars are being devoured by the yeast. A light whiff of smoke is slightly evident on the finish due to the small amount of smoked malt added to the grist. This makes a great summer beer! I may bump the smoked malt up just a tad to make it a great barbecue beer! Cheers!