Brewing went very well. Efficiency once again at 83% versus 75%. OG is 1.054 instead of projected 1.049. WOOHOO! Aromas of toasted malt, nuttiness, caramel, and toffee in the boil. 3 oz of German Spaltz hops in boil gave a slighty piney, citrusy, spicy aroma to the brew. I'm thinking this will turn out to be a tasty brew! Only a month to go to find out!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I decided to brew another Dusseldorf Altbier based on judging results from the Brew Hut Homebrew Competition. My ALTer Ego won a Silver medal and was noted that it needed more malt aroma and flavor as well as requiring German Noble hops. I did use Hallertau, but the judges thought they were a Nor-Cal variety. So, I tweaked the maltbill and will use German Spaltz hops, which are the true variety normally used for Altbier. Since I increased the flavor profile of the maltbill, I also increased the IBU's from 36 to 40. I'm mashing as we speak and the results will follow!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Bottled tonight with a final gravity of 1.020, attaining 4.3% ABV. Target hops provide a slightly fruity/floral aroma which is quite pleasant. Flavor of deep roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness that ends with a smooth, clean finish. I hate having to wait two weeks for carbonation. UGH!