We pirates celebrate the holidays too so sorry for the absence of posts. Over the past month we kegged our Brown Ale and American Slammer Jammer. I got a myriad of kegging equipment and a chest freezer and am in the process of building it. I’m saving all those pictures for one massive how-to post so get excited.
Mike also got some beer related equipment. A 23 gallon conical fermentor is on its way now. During the break he installed sight glasses and thermometers on our hot liquor tank and keggle so we can be a bit more exact in our measurements and temperatures.
The Brown Ale and Slammer Jammer are a bit under carbonated right now but we have a decent idea of what they’re like. The Brown Ale came out smooth with a slight nutty flavor and a great medium brown color with good clarity. It lacks aroma and tastes slightly watered down. Overall, its still pretty good and will make for a great session beer. Considering the series of issues I had while making it I’m happy that it’s drink-able. The Slammer Jammer is our attempt at a session Pale Ale. It came out pretty good overall. It also is lacking aroma, which we intend to fix next time with a short dry-hopping. The color is a light amber-brown with good clarity. The taste is pretty on minus some hop character that we hope to add next time with the dry hopping.
Tomorrow we’re brewing round 2 of our IPA. Hopefully the new equipment will only make our brews more consistent. Next weekend we plan to brew our second batch of Slammer Jammer.
Today I got the score sheets from our first brew competition. Reading the score sheets helped us notice some things that were off in our beers and even had some tips to help fix them. We plan to send more beers off to competitions once we have a few worth sending.
That’s it for today. I’ll take some pictures of our brew day and give you an update soon.