Archive for May, 2017

Brewed: Schlapp!

Friday, May 26th, 2017

What did the five fingers say to the face? Schlapp!

It is amazing how funny something can become when you spend a ton of time driving to and from basketball practices and games. My eldest and I found it hysterical a few years ago while driving on Schlapp Road while threatening each other that our five fingers would slap them. It is easy to see how others wouldn’t find this amusing but, in the moment and, even today, this is still funny to my daughter and I. We still drive past the road, bringing up the saying, still bringing a smile to my face, thinking back to those days gone by and all the good times, no matter how corny.

My daughter recently told me that I should name a home brew Schlapp! How could I refuse.

Formulating the recipe for Schlapp!

I ran through some 30 bottles of home brew at a recent party, depleting any IPAs that I had laying around. I needed hops. Determining a good blend of hops seemed to be the toughest decision for this recipe.

The 10 or so pounds of hops in the basement freezer provided a cornucopia of possibilities. I decided that I wanted to use what I had left of Hallterau Blank and Mandarina Bavaria with the touch of Belma. I have brewed with Hallertau Blanc and Mandarina Bavaria, with Mandarina providing a profile that I really like. I used the Belma to understand what the hop can add, making it the largest portion of the hopping schedule. Enjoy!

Recipe for Schlapp!

General Information:
Brew Date: Friday, May 26, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.065
Finishing Gravity: 1.008
IBU: 68.9
Color: 6.0 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.48%
Primary Fermentation: 8 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
13.00 pounds 2-row
1.00 pounds Oats
1.00 pounds Melanoiden

Mash:
Saccharification @148.3*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounces 2016 Belma @20 minutes
2.00 ounces 2016 Belma @15 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Belma @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Belma @5 minutes
2.00 ounces 2016 Belma @whirlpool for 25 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @whirlpool for 25 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Hallertau Blanc @whirlpool for 25 minutes
3.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @4 day dry hop
3.00 ounces 2016 Hallertau Blanc @4 day dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
0.5 pounds table sugar @15 minutes
3.0 quarts of rice hulls
~5.25 gallons of reverse osmosis water used

Updates:

  • 2017-06-04: Bottled with 3.50 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 25, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: Sch.

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Tasted: She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Looking “fat” in the glass.

She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl is the latest stab at a North East India Pale Ale (NEIPA). Since I missed the original gravity but such a large amount, I was worried how the bitterness would be perceived. I was also worried about the potential for booziness. That one is a bit more difficult to explain; how would missing gravity on the low side create alcoholic flavors/aromas. I have used the hops in this beer in the past, even when they had different names, but never in this quantity or together. Therefore the aroma and flavor will be a new and, hopefully, welcomed experience.

Look: Typical NEIPA that I have been brewing over the past year: brilliant, light gold color. Slight haze, less than normal since I took the beer down to 37*F for 24+ hours. An inch of white foam. Slightly rocky as it begins to recede. Great retention and sticky lace.

Aroma: Huge banana. It jumps out before the glass comes to the nose. Mango, apricot, orange, and papaya. Hints of resin, floral and lime. Completely hop forward, minimal malt sweetness.

Taste: Banana is once again the star. Lots of mango, orange and papaya. As it has aged a taste of berries has began. Light malt for balance. Minimal to no bitterness.

Body: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry and crisp.

Overall: Probably the best nose of any beer I have ever brewed. The banana mixed with other tropical fruits are over the top, making for an enticing aroma. In spite of the huge hop aroma and taste, bitterness is subdued. Easy to drink. Aroma is the star.

My worries were split: one came true, one could be ignored. The bitterness wasn’t an issue at all. The beer was hop forward without a hint of bitterness, still the beer was balanced. I did feel that there was a late bite of alcohol in the taste. Hypersensitivity, real perception or I wanted to find alcohol. Something to continue to think about. The banana hop aroma and flavor was quite surprising based on the profiles of the individual hops. The surprise was appreciated. Enjoy!

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Tasted: Black Doug

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

This is the first beer I have ever dedicated to a movie. I might have to come up with one for each of the main characters in the Hangover series. It gives me more reason to have to watch one, two or all three of the movies again. Nothing for me to balk at.

Look: Pitch black. Opaque. Heaped helping of thick, tan foam covers. Froths as it recedes gently, leaving traces of past glory.

Aroma: A pleasant balance of maltiness and hops. Sweet caramel with traces of chocolate and rye. Orange, grapefruit, and pineapple aromas from the hops. Not overly hopped but pleasant and easy on the nose.

Taste: Like the nose, there is a good balance to the malt and hops. Generic base malt sweetness, chocolate and rye coexist. Orange and pineapple hops start in the middle, adding great balance and fullness to the beer. Minimal to no bitterness, possibly some from the touch of chocolate rye.

Body: Medium body. Tending towards the high end of carbonation. Clean but not crisp. Dries.

Overall: The most well balanced beer I brewed in a while, especially with the amount of hops used. Would brew this again without any changes. Solid beer.

Cascadian dark ale or black ale, which ever you prefer to call it, seems to have been a fad. I brewed one, since I hadn’t had one in a long time to see if I could revive the dying breed. As I mentioned, I would brew it again, but when? Friends don’t want to take it so having to hit up five gallons on my own in a timely manner is almost impossible. Enjoy!

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