A Log Beer Update
I'm nearly speechless because after only two fermentations I have what I think will be a drinkable beer. It has a mild fruitiness to the nose. Not totally unexpected for a beer pitched at 36.66*C (98*F) and reduced slowly from there.
It started with an OG of 1.045 and finished with a gravity of 1.10 for an ABV of 4.5%
Of course, you know I tasted it. In fact, I drank the entire gravity test sample warm and uncarbonated trying to pick it apart.
It has a little fruitiness to it but I did acidify the wort with red wine vinegar so it has a very light tartness to it, it was acidified and fermented hot. It has a faint whisper of banana in it. I just brewed an American IPA fermented with Voss that is far more fruity (it was also fermented warmer). Even though there is the slight tartness there is also a sweetness to it, and at ~85 IBUs it has a lingering but not harsh blow your head off bitterness that I might expect with such a high IBU content to OG/FG beer. It's somewhat dry but not terribly dry. I've had much dryer. #imstunned #homebrewer #homebrew #homebrewing #experimentalbrewing #experimentalbeer #wildfermentation #tamingthebeast #overthemoon #farmhouseyeast #farmhousebrewing #craftbeer #craftbeergeek #craftbeersnob #beergeek #beersnob #craftbeersnob #learntobrew #brewingisforeveryone
I think if I increased the OG of this it would make a very respectable IPA and unless somebody told me I wouldn't suspect it was 100% pilsner dry malt extract.
So what is my plan going forward? I would like to brew another beer virtually identical to this following the same between brew procedures with the yeast and log. To see if I can repeat this outcome. Then I'd like to brew the same beer with a starting gravity of about 1.075 to see how it performs in a higher gravity wort.
I am amazed both at the difference between the first fermentation characteristics as well as the differences in smell and taste from the first fermentation to this one. This fermentation has well surpassed my expectations. Not my hopes, but my expectations. I may have something here. - 3 days ago