Saturday, March 3, 2012
A Very Productive Brew Day
This is getting me geared up for St. Patrick's day, and I'm really hoping that by then I'll have the new fridge up and running!
Scarlet, the Galway Girl
Target OG: 1.047 [assuming 75% eff...was a little higher]
Target IBU: 25
8 lbs Maris Otter
.5 lb Crystal 40°L
.5 lb Crystal 120°L
.25 lb Pale Chocolate 200°L
1.5 oz. Willamette [5.6% AA, whole]@60
.5 oz. Willamette keg hop
WLP004 Irish Ale [cake from Limerick Session Stout]
I'm thinking this will be a really nice beer. The wort tasted great and I love the character of Willamette hops! Probably because they possess all the good qualities of English hop varieties, but with that extra little zing of the citrusy American hop varieties, thus being a sort of ultimate hop for many American taste buds. I feel sort of the same way about Mt. Hood, for the same reasons [but with German noble hop varieties]. The great thing is that I will be growing these varieties [along with Cascade] this summer in New Jersey, which will be a really fun project that will hopefully [perhaps by the end of the following summer] yield some great results that will be usable in my beloved homebrew.