Monthly Archives: November 2011

Big Time Brew Day with Dre

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One of the best parts about brewing is getting together with a friend and brewing a big 10 gallon batch. The day after Thanksgiving I was able to meet up with my friend Dre to brew up a nice sweet stout.

Lactose addition

It was Dre’s first all grain batch and he is planning on using these 10 gallons of base beer to make a Chocolate Stout and a Blackberry Stout. The brew day went great, hitting all of our temps and having a pretty smooth day resulted in 10 gallons of 1.065 beer.

Stir-a-round

The final runnings were also boiled for about 2 hours to get a 1/2 gallon “extra” batch with a starting gravity of 1.079.

Cant wait to taste these beers!

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Tasting – Rye Cask Foreign Export Stout

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RYE CASK FOREIGN EXPORT STOUT 8% ABV on tap

APPEARANCE: Dark black with brown undertones.  High level of carbonation that made a long lasting head with a very thick creamy off brown color

NOSE: Very forward dark chocolate nose, with the oaky cask scent underneath the chocolate.  Real subtle marshmallow aspect

TASTE: Very malty with huge chocolate up front followed by an even bigger oak in the mid palate.  The end is long, a little cloying, but very creamy and delicious.  The oak lingers too long, but there is real subtle peanut butter flavor.

OVERALL: This beer could definitely use some age, but a very good beer.  The oak adds a great complexity, but overpowers some of the rye aspects.
8.5/10