This past Saturday night was Rick and Amy’s back to school party at their home (most of our friends are teachers or in the education field). I brought over a few six packs of cold Timmy Time Lime and Rick had kegged the 2B’s Bourbon Barrel Ale. Let’s start with the Bourbon Barrel. Rick ended up adding the remainder of the chip soaked bourbon to secondary. I think it was a good move because I think the bourbon taste would be too hard to detect otherwise. It poured hazy but carbonated (good job Rick). The color was a dark golden-brown with a hint of red. (I’m horrible with colors so someone may look at it and describe it differently). The haze may have had something to do with the issues I had with the mash temps I self inflicted but I don’t know for sure. The good news was the brew day issues didn’t correlate into bad beer. It had a nice malty body, medium mouthfeel and the bourbon was prominent but not overpowering. At least if you ask Rick and I. It was too strong for Amy but she’s not the biggest bourbon fan. Rick and I were extremely happy with how it turned out. We rate it a success. We did do a side by side comparison with actual Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Obviously the name brand was clear and the color was a little different. As far as taste, the Kentucky had a sweeter profile. Of course we are biased, but we preferred our brew. Below is a pic of the first two pours of our beer. And before I left, I took a growler home.
Timmy Time Lime Cream Ale poured clear and golden with a decent white head. It had a thin mouth feel and and the lime was there but nice and subtle. The back end of the profile was slightly bitter from the hops and the lime peel, but in a good way. I had stated in a previous post that I would consider this beer a success if it tasted clean. And I think it was mission accomplished. Very refreshing. And the beer’s namesake enjoyed it which was the biggest compliment I could get. Timmy took a six pack home for his home bar. It was a good time with great friends and great beer (if I do say so myself).
Kids are back in school this week, which means my brewery will be ratcheting up the activity. Coming up this Friday, I’m brewing my Left Nut Brown Ale, which was my first all grain BIAB that I ever brewed. For that brew day, I intend on taking a lot of pictures to document my current process.