While the mad dash to go shopping amongst thousands of nut cases has never drawn me in, I do find it fascinating. Wake up at the crack of dawn, stand in line shoulder to shoulder with tons of people to save what you spend on Starbucks in a week? I digress. Set out to brew a darker style amber with the hops we had on hand. Brew day went as planned with the exception of over oxygenating the wort and over flowing the conical. Excited to see what some of the lesser known to me hops taste like. I scored about 20oz of free hops at the Homebrew shop a few weeks ago, mostly European but some common ones as well.
First casualty of the brew stand also occurred, the HLT prob cord got a little toasty and started malfunctioning. At $75 for a new probe I decided to cut off the melted section and perform a bit of surgery. It appears to be a standard USB with temp shielding. The plan is to place a female USB end up high and use a USB extension to make the run past the burner in the event it happens again. The cord is shielded, has a red and black and three sub shielded pairs carrying data. Utilizing a USB extension will also give the ability to make this cord run around the heat source and minimize the chance of future issues. I will perform the cord surgery this week and post a short video of the repair.
Other Brewery tasks completed:
- Juice Box NEIPA was Kegged and placed on tap.
- All Kegs cleaned, sanitized and purged
- Ordered a second Tilt Hydrometer. These are great and a good way to monitor fermentation from afar.
Anchor Christmas in large format was consumed, it was OK this year. Definitely was not my favorite year for it or my tastes are going away from spiced beers. Nonetheless it has become a tradition at this point so I will endure on.
Brew Stats for the Pale Ale (Euphoria Pale) brewed
A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a rather large white head that calms down pretty quick.
S: Clementines are prominent in the smell. Not too much coriander coming since the clementines are a bit strong.
T: A nice citrus flavor with lemon and orange peel. Like with the aroma, there really isn’t much spice or malt flavor but overwhelmed by clementines. Some sweetness, but it’s more candy/sugar-like.
M: Light in body with medium carbonation.
O: Not really much witbier character to this. Will try a different fruit regime next time to this, a hint of orange would be good with more of a classic wit taste.
A: Pours a deep copper amber color with a good three fingers thick of persistent tan rocky foam head. Some large bubbles form sticky globs of lace all the way down the glass. The carbonation could be a bit much.
S: Nice dank and pine notes up front with some light suggestions of citrus and an underlying sweet pale malt aroma. Pretty nice nose on it, will dry hop this with some Cascades next time.
T: Has a nice caramel full body with some hop notes in the end. Its still pretty green, I have a feeling it will get better with some age on it.
M: Lighter body nearing Medium thickness. Creamy with a real dry and crisp finish.
D: A bold and hoppy APA. Time will tell on this one.
A: Pours is amber/light copper with a creamy off-white head.
S: Some moderate caramel and toffee notes and a floral, earthy hoppiness. Not an overly intense nose, but it’s an English style.
T: Very bready on the palate with a mild amount of hop bitterness. Again, the hops are primarily floral and earthy, and the sweetness is not quite as noticeable as on the nose.
M: The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation. The finish leaves a lingering bitterness.
D: Not too bad, I am not sure I would call it great but not bad for the first attempt.
Quick review of Exposure Tree Shaka Brett Spiked Saison
A: Light yellow with a very large amount of white head that dissipate pretty quick
S: A bit funky coming from the brett, as well as some citrus and a few light hops.
T: Pretty good for a Saison but not very wild. Pretty light beer overall but a touch of Brett
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation for now. As more time in the keg it should pick up some more carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable and very refreshing on a hot summer day.
Serving type: On tap at Exposure Brewing