I’ve done a couple things this week. Some more memorable than others. I dumped two batches of beer because I didn’t find them ultimately going according to plan. Thats the problem with experimentation. While the learning is incredible useful, its also frustrating.
I dumped the all-wheat beer. After my brewing partner(Leigh from Mop Top Brewing) finally got to try some we decided that while the experiment was successful in that we did indeed make an all wheat beer, we didnt end up liking it at all. Perhaps it was a tannin leach or something, who knows.
I also dumped a much younger beer, a Bavarian Hefe. I tried some new grains in it as well as a different percentage of wheat to pilsner malt. I gave it two weeks in the fermenter and when I racked and tried it I just wasn’t feeling it. The clove or banana flavor wasn’t there, the body was a little too light for what I was shooting for. I also suspect I may have extracted too many tannins with my sparge process.
I need to do a recalibration. Maybe this wednesday before thursday’s brew. I did recently re-passivated my vessels 2 days ago, but its good to check and make sure PH Meters are calibrated, as well as thermometers especially.
One GOOD thing that happened is that my Munich Helles got kegged. After spending
about 17 days in Primary it was time to put in a Keg to purge of oxygen and lager for 30 days. That should be ready to drink on June 14th. It tasted awesome on first taste. Came out a bit strong – closer to 5.6%, but I think it will be a great summer beer.
I also visited a couple breweries this week.
My wife and I went to The Bruery in Placentia, CA yesterday. Great time. I tell ya, for how expensive their bottles are, they sure have a great AFFORDABLE tasting room. Each sample of 50-some odd number of beers is only $1. So, for example, a 5-flight sampler is $5. Its great!
I also went with Leigh to San Diego where we enjoyed Rip Tide, which was pretty great and we also hit up Belching Beaver Taproom. Then we went to the great 7bbl room just a bit north of downtown San Diego known as Pure Project. They were amazing! thier brewmaster, Winston, has concocted some of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Wow!
We also went next door to Amplified Brewing. Not nearly as good, but they show potential. They have the ‘look’ down, just need the product(beer) to get a bit better. Everything had a smokey tinge.
Until next update!