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:
Brewing with coconut has been an a desire of mine for some time. I’ve only have had a few wonderful coconut beers, so this was my first shot in the dark. It tasted ok, but really, not too impressive. I toasted the dried coconuts on the stove for about 15 – 20 min before putting them into the secondary for about 10 days.
Appearance: A wonderful Dark brown that has a honey/amber undertone to it
Nose: Big time Chocolate and some coconut aromas. Malty with hints of dark fruit and plum
Taste: easy start with a big coconut, hop , dark chocolate mid flavor. the blend of flavors gave an almost metal taste. Kinda weird, but if i cut the hop character, I think it would just be coconut flavor
Mouthfeel: nice carb, but the flavor is a bit cloying
Overall: 6/10. Kick up the coconut and drop some hops. The base beer was a great start on this beer.