Not Quite A Dream

Blue Dream ale AugContinuing the marijuana series of 2018:

The marijuana smell is in the nose-it’s tempered, but it’s definitely there. I suppose the process has blunted the intensity of the marijuana a bit, but that’s not a bad thing. That I don’t pick up much else is a bummer-I’m expecting a more one dimensional ale now.

I tried a different method of hopping; putting in two ounces of hops at flame out (when one stops boiling the wort) but it doesn’t seem to have had the impact I wanted. Perhaps more hops were necessary? I don’t want to just default to ‘well if it doesn’t work, MORE’ but on the other hand, I doubt it will hurt to try.

Visually, it’s pleasantly clear but a little busy from the effervescence.

One thing that I think makes this beer a little more interesting is the addition of rye malt: this version is a little dryer and a little spicy as well. It doesn’t taste like I’m chewing on marijuana leaf, so that’s a definite plus, but I think it may be time to really mix it up.

Brew date: 6/30/18

Steeping grains
1 lb Carapils
2 lb 2 row
1 lb C20
1 lb Vienna
2 lb Golden promise
.5 lb rye

Fermentables: 5 lb ExLME

2 1/4 oz Pale Blue Dream, 1 oz Centennial @ 60
1 oz Falconer’s Flight, 1 oz El Dorado @0
1/2 tsp Gypsum (pre-boil)
1/2 tsp Irish moss @5

Yeast: Imperial Flagship

OG: 1.07

FG: 1.01

Secondary: 7/17
1 oz Calypso in secondary

Bottle: 7/21

ABV: 8.1%

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