Thursday, April 23, 2020

I have a lot of homebrew right now. I've been brewing more since the start of stay-at-home orders. Beers that I have on hand include from (oldest to newest) are Near Wild Heaven (American Wild Ale made with dregs of Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere), Wee Heavy (Northern Brewer recipe from 2012), a few different Saison from the last five years or so, the Ardennes Porter, Robust Porter, Bière de Garde and now Kölsch.

The rocky head on the B-d-G trying to get away.
Tonight I've cracked open a bottle of Bière de Garde. The recipe included Briess Pilsner DME, Aromatic and Vienna malts along with Aramis and Styrian Goldings hops. I used the K-97 yeast which is the same that I used for the Kölsch that I just bottled. The Bière de Garde was really phenolic at first as it fermented well above it's range. The Brewjacket Immersion that I was using at the time seemed to have short-circuited and the fermentation temperature went up into the 80s. That was back in October.  The beer has since mellowed and is quite as phenolic, quite dry and pours with a rocky, persistent head (left.)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think my next beer will be a Saison, I just have to figure out if I want to a bigger batch and be more of a Grisette. I would need to acquire some good dregs to add the requisite tartness if I make a Grisette. I would otherwise make four gallons of a standard "export" type of Saison in the vein of Saison DuPont.

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