We tapped a couple kegs today to test carbonation so here are some quick updates.
Milksteak Stout: Chocolatey and smooth, not yet carbonated but exciting. The nose is roasty and slightly sweet, which lines right up with the taste.
Headless Horseman #3: We added more pumpkin spice this time and it comes through well. It is not yet fully carbonated either but I think this might be our best rendition of pumpkin ale.
Barrel Roll IPA: No carbonation; I’m guessing the barrel just won’t pressurize enough. The smell is a little off. Most likely a result of using an old wine barrel. Luckily the taste is right on and the oak comes through.
We pirates are used to stormy seas so Sandy was not enough to keep us from preparing our beer for this weekend’s pig roast. Before we dive in to that though, I’d like to congratulate pirate Mike on getting engaged this weekend to his beautiful girlfriend Kelly. May your plunder be great and your booty plentiful. I hope she’s on board for a brew garage.
Today we did a bunch of transfers to keep our brews moving. First up, we put Tres Equis in its final home.
We also took the opportunity to taste the beer. It’s a strong chili flavor and tastes great. I couldn’t be happier with the results.
With a final gravity of 1.01 we’re at about 6% ABV. After tasting, I was inspired and I’m going to attempt a Tres Equis BBQ sauce for the pig roast. If you’re lucky (meaning if I’m lucky, and it tastes good), I’ll include it in a post.
Next up was Pirates Piss 2.
The piss tasted great. The bombardment of active yeast did its job. The beer was clear, almost no fruity note, and the nose and taste were much better than last time. Oh, and did I mention it’s 8.5% ABV. That is all.We enjoyed some pumpkin ale before transferring its younger brother.
Not loving the clarity but the color is great and the taste was right on. We’re going to try a cold crash in a few days to see if we can get some solids to settle out. For now, Pirates Piss 2 and Headless Horseman will get some time in secondary fermentation.
Time to sit back and enjoy a few brews. I’ll keep you posted on pig roast preparations.