Saturday, January 23, 2010

Batch 85, Imbolc

This is the same as St. Brigid's Lake IPA from batch 70. I made a change in the hops -- I don't have any Centennial, so I used Perle instead and am calling this batch Imbolc. Imbolc is the pagan name for St. Brigid's day, which is the Catholic name for Ground Hog's day.

10 gallon batch.

Grain:

21 lbs 2-row
4 oz chocolate malt

Hops:

This is the hard part.
1/4 oz Chinook (whole)
1/4 oz Cascade (whole)
1/4 oz Perle (pellets)
Add all of the above at 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10, 5, and 0 minutes. That is 11 additions of 3/4 oz hops.

Wyeast 1272

OG: 1.059 actual: 1.065
FG: 1.015 actual:
ABV: 5.7%
SRM: 11

IBU: 98

I ended up with a little extra in the boil kettle, 13 gallons, so I turned up the heat to get to the right volume at the end. I guess I had it a little too high, since I only ended up with 9 gallons in the fermenter instead of 10. OG came out a little high because of that.





Tasting Score Sheet











































































































































Date Feb 14, 2010

Batch # 85
Beer Name Imbolc
Style 14B, American IPA

Packaging Bottle | Draft
APPEARANCE 1 2 3
Head spare | small
| average | large | huge rocky |
creamy | frothy | fizzy | white
| off-white | light brown | dark

lasting | diminishing


Lacing excellent | good | fair | spare
Body clear | sparkling | flat | cloudy | hazy | murky
| muddy
Particles None |
lightly cloudy | cloudy | heavily
particulate | chunky
Color light | dark | yellow | amber | orange | red |
brown | ruby | black | tawny
Comments Under carbonated, but looks good otherwise. Could be clearer, but that will come with age.
Update 2/23/10, carbonation is very good, beer is clearer now but still has a slight haze.

AROMA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Malt light | average
| heavy | harsh | bread | cookie
| molasses | caramel | grain | hay straw | cereal | chocolate |
coffee | toffee | toasted | roasted | burnt | nutty | meal
Hops light | average
| heavy | harsh

flowers |
perfume | herbs | celery | grass


pine | spruce | resin


citrus
|
grapefruit | orange | lemon | lime


Yeast/Bacteria light | average
| heavy | harsh dough | sweat |
horse blanket | barnyard | leather soap | cheese | meat | broth | earth
| musty | leaves
Miscellaneous alcohol: light | average | heavy

banana
| bubble gum | clove | grape | raisin | plum | prune | date | apple |
pear peach | pineapple | cherry |
raspberry | cassis | wine | port |
cask wood | toffee butter | butterscotch | smoke | tar | charcoal
|
soy
sauce | licorice | cola | honey brown sugar | maple syrup |
vanilla |
pepper | allspice | nutmeg |
cinnamon coriander | ginger | tobacco | dust | chalk | vegetable
|
cooked cabbage/corn cardboard paper | medicine | solvent |
bandage |
skunk | sour milk | vinegar rotten eggs


Comments Nice hops aroma, pleasant, not overwhelming at
all. Need the carbonation to help bring out the flavor. Update 2/23/10, the flavor is now excellent. The carbonation has brought out that nice hops sharpness that make this an IPA.

MOUTHFEEL 1 2 3 4 5
Body light | medium
| full
Texture thin | oily | creamy | sticky | slick |
alcoholic | thick | minerals | gritty| smooth
Carbonation fizzy | lively | average | soft | flat
Finish metallic | chalky | astringent | bitter
Comments: I think the lack of carbonation is negatively
affecting the mouthfeel. Update 2/23/10, the carbonation is much better, I've moved the mouthfeel from sticky to smooth.
FLAVOR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Duration short | average | long
Sweet light |
moderate | heavy | harsh
acidic light | moderate | heavy | harsh
bitter light | moderate
| heavy | harsh
other vinegar | sour milk | salty | minerals
Comments Good flavor, but could be better with more
carbonation

OVERALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Comments This beer is a little young and isn't quite
ready. It is still lacking in carbonation, although it's been on
the tap for 10 days. I'll rate this again, either later on this
keg or on the second keg. Update 2/23/10, same keg, beer is much better the past few days now that the carbonation is up to where it should be. I bumped the overall score from 6 to 8.
TOTAL 38







Update Feb 23, 2010: Bottled 2 bottles for future drinking. Updated the tasting sheet, this is quite a good beer now.

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