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Tasted: Brett Trois IPA

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

brett trois ipa

Drinking a home brew young, especially when you bottle, can lead to a flat beer. I have had plenty of flat beers lately. Brett Trois IPA had only been in the bottle for seven days, a short time by bottling standards, I decided to do my typical “shake the bottle to see how much it foam in the head space” trick. I was surprised by how much foam bubbled up. I decided that a bottle was in store for the afternoon.

I have a hard time picturing in my head the experience I will have with a home brew. I expected a lot of hops, specifically tropical and citrus rushes. I also used the Brett Trois because of the tropical, fruity profile that seems to compliment my selection of hops: I wanted an over the top tropical, fruity single IPA that wasn’t bitter, allowing the ABV to mix with sessioning the beer.

Let’s see what I found…

Look: The beer has a light cloudy haze, otherwise clear with a nice orange/gold color. The foam is an inch thick, mainly because of the careful pour. The profile of the foam is more wild saison in nature: the Brett is at work.

Aroma: Stone front is up front, especially apricot. Sweeping tropical fruits abound, lightly highlighted by citrus. Passion fruit and mango combine with the apricot to give a delicious medley to the nose. Malt has a touch of bread with minor sweetness.

Taste: All about the hops. The malt is just along for the ride. Once again stone and tropical fruits highlight from beginning to end. Bitterness is subdued, just enough before the next sip washes away with fruity goodness.

Drinkability: Medium body but more. The high mash temperature is holding onto the body. Juicy, yes surprisingly dry. Mild carbonation.

Overall: The Brett and/or Riwaka hops is/are outstanding. I need to make an single hop IPA with Riwaka and neutral yeast to understand the profile better of both elements. Very drinkable and refreshing.

With all the recent mishaps I have had brewing recently, I am very excited about Brett Trois IPA and the way it will develop over the next few weeks, before it is gone. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Brett Trois IPA

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

2013 hop harvest

My recent hopped up home brews have been nothing short of brutal. I still have a few hops up my sleeve that have a bit of age on them but have never been mistreated, as they have never been opened. Hops from the south Pacific: Riwaka and Galaxy. Four ounces of each from beginning of brew day though dry hopping.

The idea to use Brett Trois was definitely not my own. I have been following a thread on homebrewtalk.com for almost a year and noticed a Brett Trois IPA that Michael brew up at the The Mad Fermentationist. You will quickly notice that the recipe I chose to put together is similar to Michael’s. My edge: south Pacific hops dripping with tropical/citrus flavors and aromas to compliment the yeast.

The plan is to leave this beer in primary for 21 days, dry hopping for 7 thereafter. I will take gravity readings leading up to dry hopping to assure the gravity is terminal. Enjoy!

Updates:
2013-09-07: dry hopped with 2.00 ounces Riwaka and 1.50 ounces of Galaxy.
2013-09-14: @1.010, fermentation seems about finished, bottled with 3.4 ounces of table sugar, 24, 22 ounce bottles.
2013-09-21: Already tasting as the Brett Trois is chewing through the priming sugar.

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP644
Yeast Starter: 2 step: 0.3 liter followed by 2 liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.061
IBU: 75.5
Color: 5.1 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%
Fermentation: 21 days @68*F, 1 week dry hop @68*F

Grain Bill:
10.0# American 2-row
2.00# Red Wheat
0.50# Acid Malt
0.50# Caramel Malt 20L
0.50# Flaked Wheat

Mash:
Saccharification @155.4*F

Hop Bill:
0.75 ounces Galaxy @first wort
0.50 ounces Riwaka @first wort
1.00 ounces Galaxy @30 minutes
1.00 ounces Riwaka @30 minutes
0.75 ounces Galaxy @1 minute
0.50 ounces Riwaka @1 minute
2.00 ounces Riwaka @dry hop
1.50 ounces Galaxy @dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes

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