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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jose's Jalapeno Wheat

Hi all!  Due to the popularity of my Jalapeno Wheat Beer, I am brewing a 5 gallon batch this time.  I had folks who tried it and said they didn't like chile beers, say that they absolutely loved it!  And those that tried it and were surprised at the flavor and loved it.  I would rather be brewing a fall style beer, but that will come after this brew.  Starting gravity is 1.050  This should range in ABV from 4.5 - 5%.  The jalapenos will be added in secondary to retain the fresh, gren chile flavor.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pistachio Nut Brown Ale

Final gravity measurement of 1.013 which places ABV at 5.3%.
Aroma: toasty malt, roasted nuts.
Flavor: roasted nuts, roasted malt, slight earthiness, and slight bitterness on the finish. 
Color: medium brown.
I decided to go ahead and flavor lighty with the pistachio extract.  (I only used a few drops for the entire batch as my extract seemed quite concentrated.)  The pistachio flavor does come through lighty.
42 - 12 oz bottles and 3 - 22 oz bombers, now carbing and conditioning.  I'll post in 2 weeks on a taste test.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

(Pistachio) Roasted Nut Bown Ale

I took a gravity reading tonight and it was 1.013.  That puts this brew at around 5.3% ABV.  (Racked to secondary.)

From the sample here are the results:  Aroma: Nutty, toasty, roasty, with some earthiness.  Flavor: Roasted nuts, toasted malt, and some slight earthiness from the hops.  Crisp, clean finish, to assist the roasted and nutty flavors to come through.

I performed a taste sample using the pistachio extract.  I'm not sure if I will use it.  The flavor was quite strong, lending a buttery, creamy, flavor, but overwhelming the the overall brew.  (Could be perceived as a flaw in the brew.)

I will perform another tase sample with the pistachio extract at the end of fermentation, just prior to bottling to determine if I will utilize it.  I may just stick with the Roasted Nut Brown Ale.