A good friend of mine wanted to get one more batch of brewing in before he moves far far far away to Mississippi and becomes a father. In a recent adventure, he stumbled upon a thai iced tea that was simply splendid. He decided to brew an extract pale ale with the thai tea. A pretty straight forward brew day, with only 1 hop addition of Galaxy at 60 min made this one of the easiest brew days I have had in a very long time. The tea went directly into the secondary fermentation after we brewed a strong cup of the tea. We brought it up to a camping trip and the keg went quickly.
Thai tea pale ale
appearance: a light orange brown color that is hazy. poor head
nose: a bunch of esters, but also a lot of tea and mint scents, kind of twangy
flavor: an earthy flavor that is a combination of the full flavored tea and the Galaxy hop bitterness, while dry, it is pleasant.
mouth feel: the tannin pushes the bitterness to a bit of astringency, but is still a very drinkable beer. medium bodied and needs more carbonation.
overall: not bad for an extract brew. next time, I would like to dry out the beer, ease up on the tea, and hop with an english hop like Willamette. 6.0 / 10
This beer is my first attempt at brewing a Gose beer, one of the few german beers that has ingredients outside of the Reinheitsgebot, the german beer purity law. It is a pleasant sour beer with salt and coriander, but I used Acid Malt for the first time. Kind of a weird flavor, but delicious for a sour that I brewed only a few months ago.
How Gose it
appearance: A golden straw yellow with a slight haze, but not cloudy. A big thick white head sits on top and hangs around for awhile
nose: Lemony and wheaty. a mild funkiness underneath
taste: A sweet wheat flavor is the foundation of a salty lemon character with a slight tartness. A definite funkiness underneath leaving the flavor a bit big for this style
mouthfeel: big bodied and very highly carbonated. I would prefer this a little dryer.
Overall: not terrible for my first attempt of a weird beer. 4.5/ 10
All things die
This year, after having a wonderful early spring with sun and warmth a plenty, Mother Nature decided to be a real dick for about 5 weeks. With cool temperatures and more rain than i knew what to to with, all my my hop plants died. Or so I thought. After a good amount of care, fertilizing, and pruning of dead leaves, my hop plants have recovered, starting to grow once more. Hopefully I can still get some harvest out of my two second year hops, but the first year are really struggling. Here are some pics:
Nugget second year
Goldings second year
Sterling year 1
- Willamette year 1
This last month has been a hectic one. The end of the school year is always a fun time and with the month of June comes a real urge to drink some awesome fruit beers. Being a beach bum summer guy, I really enjoy a whole bunch of tropically influence beers, and this is my latest attempt at one. This beer is a citrus hopped IPA with around 95 IBU’s of Warrior/Citra/Pacific Gem being added predominately in the last 15 min of the boil. After fermentation, I chopped up a whole pineapple that I had let “ripen” for about 1 -2 weeks and put that into a keg with the IPA. A month later, I transferred off the beer and tapped it, here is what it tasted like:
Appearance: A honey/ straw color that is semi clear with just a slight cloudiness, poor head retention, but highly carbonated
Nose: A big citrus nose with the Pineapple shinning brightly. Mango and apricot undertones.
Taste: A light beginning with a slight hop bitterness coming forward, followed by a big tropical finish. A bitter pith of grapefruit and tart pineapple end into a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Balanced, but big. The dryness causes the taste to linger.
Overall: a bit too dry for what I was going for, but for a highly hopped IPA, it was pretty delicious. This will go great at the beach or a BBQ. 7/10. Add a lot more specialty grains next time.