We Made More Mead!

Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Pirate Pancake Syrup we decided to make some more mead this weekend.  I hate to admit it but I think PPS was probably the best thing we’ve made so far, that was some good mead.  It was also very “Limited Edition” since we only made 1 gallon.  So we’re hoarding it like crazy, we gotta stretch these few bottles out at least 4 months until the next batch is done.  I’m not making any promises that’s going to happen.

We also decided to whip up a 1 gallon batch of Acerglyn, a honey-maple mead.  We don’t know what the hell we’re doing here, but that’s never stopped us before, so we used 44 oz of honey, 12 oz of Maple sizzurp and a vanilla bean and pitched some wine yeast on it.  Further reading on the subject of mead making shows a lot of people add some acid blend to their meads to help balance the mead and give it crispness or tannins to increase body.   I’m going to leave this one as is and see what we get out of it.

In Goes the Honey

In goes the honey…

Pirate Pancake Syrup V2 and Acerglyn

Pirate Pancake Syrup V2 and Acerglyn

Don’t worry though, we haven’t abandoned beer!  We also brewed a batch of a top secret pale ale we’re calling Codename: Ohio, we’ll share more info on that one later.  Our fresh hop Simcoe IPA is coming along nicely as well and I just added 4 oz of hops to the carboy to dry hop for 5 days.  That bad boy will go in bottles or a keg this weekend.  MMmmm… hops.

This beer totally got Simcoed.

This beer totally got Simcoed.

Bud Light Dry Hop Experiment – The Results

A couple weeks ago I shared that we were going to experiment with dry-hopping Bud Light to taste the difference in hop varieties.  Bud Light is a good delivery vehicle due to its wat… mild flavor profile.

After adding 1 gram of hop pellets to each bottle I allowed them to sit at room temperature for two days then cold-crashed them overnight.  Brian and I got together with another friend to taste the results, here’s what we all thought.

Delicious Dry-Hopped Bud Light

Delicious Dry-Hopped Bud Light

CHALLENGER

  • TD – Slight aroma, bit of ‘funk’ on the nose.  Sweetness and dankness on the palate.  Grassy!
  • BH – Very little aroma, slightly sweet on the nose.  Super-watery, washed out, effervescent.
  • ET – Light and refreshing hop, not overpowering.  No discernible aroma.

CITRA

  • TD – I love this hop.  AMAZING aroma, nice citrus on the palate.  My new favorite hop.
  • BH – All about the aroma, beautiful and delightful, I want to snort it.  Bit more body and presence than Challenger.  “Oranginess” that sticks around, somewhat refreshing with better flavor than Challenger.
  • ET – Very pungent and dank.  Do not like this hop at all.

FUGGLES

  • TD – Fruity aroma, very light.  Slightly sweet and musty flavor.
  • BH – Little to no aroma.  Fruity quality… possibly pear or very mild apple.  Not overpowering.  Maybe kiwi?
  • ET – Pear, apple on the aroma.  Soft fleshy fruit, like apricot or peach.

NUGGET

  • TD – Sweet aroma, citrus/pine.  Doughy-grass and pine on the palate.
  • BH – Like licking an evergreen tree.  Aroma is like a musty and mild Citra, cut grass on the palate.
  • ET – Musty-basement and wet dog aroma with a hint of pine.

CHINOOK

  • TD – Light citrus aroma.  Piney-grapefruit flavor.  Noticeable lack of sweetness compared to the others.  White pepper.
  • BH – A little sweet and piney on the nose, maybe grapefruity-pine.  Effervescent and peppery with a faint orange/tangerine.
  • ET – Light floral aroma.  Sweet citrus, more flesh/pulp than rind flavor, some bitterness… maybe pepper but not sure.

CENTENNIAL

  • TD – Reminds me of the Citra on the aroma, very nice citrus/pine.  Lighter flavor profile with a pine sap characteristic.
  • BH – Evergreen and pepper, palate kind of shot at this point.
  • ET – Dank and foresty, more pine than citrus.  No real tasting notes, too many to tell at this point.

Dry Hopping Bud Light – Part 1

A friend shared this link with me recently on testing the characteristics of hop varieties by dry-hopping Bud Light.  Now I know what you’re thinking, why ruin the perfectly balanced deliciousness that is Bud Light but fear not, we’re only going to make it better.

Pretty simple process here… sanitize everything, drop some hops in the bottle, recap and let it sit.  The original poster said he left them at room temp for 3 days then cold-crashed them overnight so that’s what I’m going to go for as well.

We’ll be trying these on Saturday and will report back after that with the results!

Time to add more hops!

Time to add more hops!

Hops? Check.

Hops? Check.

1 gram should do.

1 gram should do.

All hopped up!

All hopped up!