This weekend we bottled out Nutstalgia Hipster Brown Ale. We used this year’s NHC winning recipe as our base, with a few tweaks. That recipe suggested adding hazelnut extract at bottling and we figured since we were doing this at bottling we’d try a few flavors out rather than just the hazelnut. Brian’s wife has been requesting us to do a beer with black cardamom for a while now so I made an extract with some black cardamom pods to try out in this batch. In addition to the black cardamom I ordered a variety pack of extracts from Amazon (these right here) that added almond, anise, cardamom, coconut, hazelnut and pistachio to our arsenal.
To test out the extracts we grabbed a 6’er of Sweetwater’s Georgia Brown and poured 6 oz samples and added the various extracts using an eyedropper. We found that 3-4 drops per 6 oz of beer produced the best results. We bottled in all bombers and went with 14 drops per 22 oz. We didn’t care of the pistachio or the anise in the brown ale but liked all the others. We were surprised that our favorite was coconut, it produced great coconut aroma and flavor and paired well with the brown ale. We bottled some of the brown ale plain, and marked it as Nutless on the label… it was either that or Neutered, and we didn’t think Ned would take kindly to being neutered – but then I guess nutless isn’t much but. Too bad, Ned, you’re nutless and that’s that. Oh, Ned? He’s the hipster nut that’s on each bottle.
We also scored some custom caps from http://www.bottlemark.com that we used on this batch. Check them out if you need some custom caps. Prices aren’t bad at all for a custom product, we paid $13.00 for 100 of these plus $5.00 for shipping. Granted they are more than plain caps but less than $20.00 for a custom printed product is pretty good. If you order take note of the lead time on the home page, they do get busy and you may have to wait a couple weeks to get your caps, it’s worth it.
We had a couple of brews that were ready for drinking this weekend so we got to sample some of the fruits of our labor. One was our Señor Saison, a jalapeño saison that we first talked about in this post. I have to say this is my favorite beer we’ve brewed so far and if you are curious about homebrewing then these little 1-gallon kits from Brooklyn Brew Shop are pretty nice. The beer is fruity with a bit of spice and nice pepper aroma plus it finishes with a hint of heat that’s balanced by the sweet and tart saison. I really enjoyed this beer. The other beer is a secret, we brewed it with a friend in mind and we have to wait for him to get his bottles before we announce it. We hope both of you reading this blog will come back in a week or so for the reveal. Seriously, both of you guys come back… we’ll bring some sandwiches.
- Small-scale beer. Brewing a 1-gallon batch. (mostlyharmlessales.wordpress.com)
- Birthday Beer: Saison 26 (sarabozich.com)
- Craft beer and fine food pair well together at Denver restaurants (denverpost.com)