Saturday, August 20, 2011

Princeton Brews

My move to Princeton will mark the return of kegged homebrew, and as such, I'd really like to have a plan for the first few brews.  After being back and forth on a lot of different things, I finally have an idea for the first three or so that I'd like to crank out.
  • SMaSH (single malt and single hop) English bitter: Maris Otter is extremely well known as a versatile and flavorful base malt with a sweetish, somewhat nutty flavor, so that will be my single malt of choice, and I'm still contemplating what hop variety I want to use...I'm pretty keen on East Kent Goldings since they're a classic for English bitters, but I'm also considering Styrian Goldings, Fuggles, and Williamette
  • Steam Beer: I LOVE Anchor Steam and have been wanting to do a steam beer ever since I started brewing, and now that I have the option of kegging, I will be able to condition it properly.  Steam beer is fermented with a LAGER yeast at ALE temperatures, and then it's best if bulk-aged at around 50° for about three weeks.  It's easiest to do that in a corny keg because they fit in the fridge easily.
  • Smoked Mild: I've been digging the idea of a smoky beer lately, and I thought it would be cool to do a sweetish English brown ale (mild) with some Briess cherrywood-smoked malt.  I also thought it would be fun to age two gallons of that on some smoky chipotle peppers, to give the beer further smokiness and a little kick.  Should be fun...this one would probably be bottled since I'm doing a split batch.
Can't wait to get the beer flowing again.  I'm running a little low on homebrew's been very popular lately and the Christmas ales won't be ready until, well, Christmas.  Thus another reason why I've chosen the SMaSH bitter (see first entry)--it will be done FAST. 

More updates soon once I have a chance to brew.  Prost.

1 comment:

  1. I brewed a MO/Fuggle SMaSH on 7/31 and started drinking it last week. I brewed as an ordinary bitter. I really like it. I'm taking to our brew club meeting tonight, so I know if others like it, too.