Today I’m going to share with you something I wanted to do for a while. Namely, do a parti-gyle and taste the beers side by side. So, without further ado, let’s rock!
On the right we have my Weird All In Valley Ale. The story behind it is simple: I had a bunch of malts lying around and needed to get rid of them. That’s about it 🙂
Weird All In Valley Ale
Date Brewed: 8 Jan 2012
Date Ready: 31 March 2012
Wort Volume Before Boil: 6.70 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 5.28 US gals
Volume Of Finished Beer: 4.8 US gals
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.067 SG
OG: 1.080 SG
FG: 1.017 SG
Apparent Attenuation: 77.4 %
ABV: 8.4 %
IBU: 77.8 IBU
Mash Efficiency: 73.1 %
Fermentation Temp: 52 for 1-2 weeks, followed by room temperature (~70-72) for 10-11 weeks.
US Pilsen Malt 8.00 lb
US Red Wheat Malt 5.00 lb
UK Light Crystal 1.67 lb
US Munich 10L Malt 1.33 lb
Cherry Smoked Malt 1.00 lb
US Summit – 18.2 % – 1.00 oz – Pellets – 60 Min From End
UK Fuggle – 4.9 % – 3.00 oz – Loose Whole Hops – 15 Min From End
US Willamette – 4.1 % – 0.50 oz – Loose Pellet Hops – 5 Min From End
Lavender – 0.50 oz
Licorice Root – 0.30 oz
Juniper Berries – 0.20 oz
All at 15 minutes.
DCL US-05 (formerly US-56) SafAle
Single Decoction (55-66C/131-151F) w/Mash Out
March 31 kegged.
12 weeks in primary!
Appearance: Deep red, clear, with good head that slowly recedes, but remains as a thick ring around the beer. Good lacing.
Aroma: BIG! Lavender mingles with licorice resulting is a cola-like aroma. Sweet, earthy, malty, just delicious.
Mouthfeel: Full, almost creamy. Exactly the carbonation I wanted on it – mid-low.
Taste: Complex. Sweet malt first, then earthy and herbal flavors come into the picture, followed by bitterness. The bitterness is firm but not strong… Herbal and earthy kind of bitterness balanced by malty sweetness. In the end bitterness wins and goes into the finish, but maltiness doesn’t give up and follows it for a long time. Long, bitter, and malty finish. Ever-so-slight lavender character present throughout the experience. Some of the sweetness may be contributed by the licorice. No juniper at all until the very end of the finish, when a tiny almost unnoticeable flash of flavor that may be juniper shows up very briefly and is gone…
Overall: Really like this one! Well balanced. Seems to have a hint of oxidation because I kept it in a plastic bucket for 12 weeks which actually adds that big English complexity to it. Not very hoppy. Just nicely done brew IMO.
Smoked Ice Saison
Same grain bill as above (obviously!). I kegged that one the day I brewed the Gruit and it’s been lagering ever since. Before doing so, I cold crashed it for a while and when the time came to rack, I opened the bucket and it was FROZEN! After waiting for a while I got tired and just smashed the ice with the racking cane and sucked about 3 gal from under the ice. So I have absolutely no idea what the actual ABV of this is since when the beer freezes the alcohol migrates into the liquid portion. I’d assume something like 4.5-5%.
FG: who knows…
Goldings 4.5 % – 1.00 oz – Loose Whole Hops – 30 Min From End
Goldings 4.5 % – 1.00 oz – Loose Whole Hops – 10 Min From End
Appearance: Bright golden yellow. Good head, but recedes quickly to a thin ring. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Farmhouse musty yeast dominates with hints of light malt. Bright smell.
Taste: Light hop bitterness upfront. Then carbonation takes over and expands like a bubble in your mouth, giving way to spicy and musty yeast, light grain, and honey. Hops make an appearance in the finish, but are overtaken by malt and honey. A bit of metallic taste that I associate with smoked malt (I perceive smoked beers as somewhat metallic).
Overall: Drinkable, light, pretty much just a plain table saison with nothing special. Took with me to the homebrewer’s meeting at BeerTable on March 26, where it was generally well received.
I think it is very interesting how two completely different beers can be made from the same exact grains. Right now I have a Porter and a Braggot prepared in the same way sitting and waiting to be tasted. I just hope I can have them on tap at the same time to do a similar tasting.