Saturday, February 20, 2010

Organic Ain't Nutt'n free ESB

My first recipe I created (thanks
9.83 lbs Organic 2 Row Pale
1.79 lbs Organic Carmel Malt 15l
0.31 lbs Barley Flaked
0.25 lbs Molasses
1.5 oz Fuggles @ 90
0.25 oz Brewers Gold @15
0.25 oz Brewers Gold @1
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 5ish min
Rogue PacMan yeast slurry from the stout I made earlier in the month

5 gallons
OG should be 1.061
FG should be 1.014
41.3 IBU
6.1% Alcohol

2/19/2010: Brewing went good; just Emilie and I. Newly designed mash tun worked wonderfully as did the rain barrel recycler. Great color on the ESB, supper excited about it. I think the molasses is going to give it a nice finish. Took a reading but it wasn't accurate do to too little beer in the wine theif (I spun the hydrometer in and it plopped, not bobbed, at like 1.048). Not stressed, I'm sure I hit the 1.060 range. The pacman yeast started up right away...fermenting nicely. I'm hoping to get 10 or so slurries of the yeast. That should last me the year till Rogue puts it out again.
2/23/10: This pacman stuff ain't playing around. Reading was 1.020 in three days! I'm going to wait another 2 days or so, then keg. Taste great. Nutty and smokey. Can really pick up the molasses.
2/26/10: Kegged. Grabbed two slurries of the Pacman. Not sure if I'll use them again after this. I haven't been taking the trube out, so there could be a lot in the samples. Took another reading and was still in the 1.020 range (close enough). Tasted nutty and smooth.
3/2/10: Almost fully carbbed. Nutty and smooth. This could be my best yet.
3/16/10: Been drinking it for a while... absolutely the best beer I've made. I'm going to enter it into the Slurp 'n Burp beer comp next week at Strange Brew Homebrew Club. I'll let you know how I do...I don't think I'll win, but I'm excited to know what the "experts" think.
4/1/10: Got my results back from the Slurp 'n Burp...average score of 27.5, which is just below "very good." I would have scored better, but I bottled from my keg so the beer didn't have good head or carbonation. I'm happy.

1 comment:

  1. Bring me some next week (moving day) if you still have some!