This is the winter ale that I’d made with my friend Miranda, something I’d mentioned back in December. It’s ready now and..
Well, it’s good!
And I screwed it up. (I also didn’t get a picture of it before I drank it all!)
It tastes good, don’t get me wrong: hearty, warming, molasses, a nice chewy beer with a little spiciness.
But you have to pour it into two glasses in order to drink it. The carbonation is so strong, it just takes up that much volume! Eventually that settles out and the beer can be drank without getting foam up my nose, so it’s not a disaster.
Fellow homebrewers advised me that my beer “Wasn’t infected, it just was overcarbonated.” That part-the carbonation in the bottle-is my fault, as I added too much sugar. I maybe shouldn’t have added any, given the result and might consider this with a future beer, or at least if I remake this style.
I’m glad it’s drinkable though! An uninfected beer is still better than an infected one, and I hope she’s enjoying glasses of it, too.
Brew date: 12/2/17
12 oz C120
8 oz C40
5 oz Black Patent
4 oz Choclate
4 lb Lamonta
Fermentable: 14 lb LME
Hops and additions
1 oz Magnum @ 60
1/2 cup molasses @5
1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp nutmeg @1
Yeast: Imperial Dry Hop (3rd and final use)