Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Silly Trappist

I'm excited about brewing two Belgian ales soon. As a yeast starter, a one gallon batch was made using the Trappist High Gravity Ale yeast strain. I thought I'd try something different. It's pretty much a hodge-podge of ingredients, some unconventional, and some that might cause this beer to be a silly attempt at something new. So it's named the Silly Trappist.

I collect "wort loss" from the mashtun by tipping it on it's side and letting it trickle out very slowly. At the end of the brewday, I'll boil it and bottle hot. Fill bottles to the brim, cap, and throw them in the frig. This is the perfect starter wort. But in this case, I used up most of my supply in this recipe. Four independent mashes contributed to the maltose in this ale. And one shot of dark/black molassas, I thought would add some interesting flavors.

From all my calculations, I thought the original gravity would be around 1.063. But it ended up quite low at 1.047. Not a bad thing, but it may end up tasting too bitter. It's better for the yeast anyways, and it may turn out to be very drinkable, and maybe kind-of dry. We'll see.

Silly Trappist

Worts & Fermentables
40 oz. Yvonne's Sterling Moon
43 oz. Main Mash for Cascade IPA/Smoked Amber
21 oz. Sterling Pale Ale
16 oz. Rat Bite IPA

.25 lb. Cane Sugar
.25 lb. Light DME
1.0 oz. Black Mollassas

.25 oz. Kent Goldings, 4.8%, pellet, 90+min
.15 oz. Kent Goldings, 4.8%, pellet, 20min
.15 oz. Styrian Goldings, 4.8%, whole, 20min
.15 oz. Styrian Goldings, 4.8%, whole, KO

Wyeast 3787: Trappist High Gravity

Brewed: 6/23/08
Bottled: 7/15/08

OG: 1.047
IBU: approx. 46
Color/SRM: Amber-Brown/11-15
Ferment Temp: 75-80°F

FG: approx. 1.010
ABW: 3.9%
ABV: 4.9%

Tasting Notes & Photo

Appearance: Deep golden color with a touch of copper & brown, some haze, dense head that full carbonation causes to diminishes slowly
Aroma: Yeasty, fruity, some spice, and quite aromatic overall
Taste: Much fuller taste than assumed, good Belgian yeasty flavor, a fruitiness that isn't sweet but more like a brisk tartness, bitterness is just fine with a hint in the flavor (it would need much more hops to show through the yeast's showy character)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium-full carbonation
Aftertaste: Finishes fairly dry with an overall clean and neutral aftertaste, a very understated yet undesirable "apple" taste coming through, but it is still quite young (tasted on 7/28)
Drinkability: Having many qualities of a stronger Belgian at only 4.9%, it has good aroma and flavor with decent body for a drier beer, with little "off" flavors and no intense alcohols/phenols, it's got a high level of drinkability

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