I brewed batch #2 of 2015 this past Friday. It’s a repeat of 2B’s bourbon ale that I brewed last July. When I went shopping for ingredients, my LHBS was out of a couple things I needed. The recipe calls for 4 hop additions (2 with EKG, 2 with Fuggles), and US-04 yeast. They were out of US-04 and Fuggles. So I went with US-05 and all EKG. The %AA for Fuggles and EKG are about the same and both are English hops. So I don’t anticipate much of a difference from them. By not using an english ale yeast though, I may lose some of the esters in the final beer, but with this being a bourbon beer, the absence may not be significant. The brew day went very smooth with no issues at all and I hit my OG of 1.063 on the nose. If you recall, I had mash over-temp issues the last time I brewed this and the final product was hazy though tasty. I’m expecting this time around that this beer will be clearer. This is also the first time that I adjusted my recipe amounts of hops based on the alpha acid percentage of the actual hops I purchased. My recipe had a default AA of 5% but the ones in store were 7.2%. The difference was large enough that I decided to reduce my hop weights accordingly to hit my target IBUs.
My kriek has been in primary for 4 weeks. I did a taste test. There is a bit of tartness coming through, but the beer is clear and no off flavors. I made the decision to rack to secondary with the cherry puree because I didn’t want my first try to be completely over the top. Essentially, I want it to still be accessible for my family and friends. If I’m the only one that can stand to drink it, that’s not that much fun. But I do plan to let it sit in secondary for 6 months.
Up next Friday is an extra brew day that I’m fitting in. It’s a wine/beer hybrid that I’m calling Regalic. It will be a saison with muscat grape concentrate added at the end of the boil. I just drank a saison brewed by Saint Somewhere Brewing located in Tarpon Springs, FL which incorporates Norton grapes. It’s called Cynthiana. It had a nice earthy yet fruity taste without it being sweet. Very nice and dry. I’m hoping that regalic comes out somewhere in that ballpark.