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A midling evening in the pantry - A little less than a happy high
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A midling evening in the pantry

These were racked tonight.

Nutella Stout (Prime): The roast malt is the predominant flavor, though the hops do play a part in accentuating this. What's noticeably missing is any sort of chocolate flavor or aroma. I thought I caught some of the hazelnut, but that could have been my imagination. Next go, it might be worthwhile attempting with bakers chocolate and our own nuts rather than relying on a commercial preparation. At the very least, there needs to be more than 1lb. of the additive.

First Snow Old Ale 2006: This has relaxed quite a bit from the first taste. Then, it almost seemed like a slightly heavy ESB. On this go, the richness of the brew was a lot more clear, and the honey I used as part of the sugars has imparted a sweet, floral nose to the beer. There is still a tang that lingers in the afters, and I'm really hoping that it's just a byproduct of the ferment that will chill out over the coming months. I may actually try to arrange a cool space for it over the summer.

The Other Pete's Hard Cider: Man, I have never had a ferment that has stuck worse than this has. I've hit it with yeast cultures twice, and whatever fermentation has happened has barely nudged my gravity down. I have no idea if it's because of the ridiculous amounts of honey we used (honestly, I think it's more of a cyser), or if the must wasn't sufficiently oxygenated, or what. Any of you with experience in cider or mead-making that want to chime in here, I'd be grateful for any pointers.
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esmerel From: esmerel Date: May 24th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd think that apple would provide plety of nutrition for the yeast, but honey can be a bitch to get to ferment thorougly.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would adding yeast nutrient help?
esmerel From: esmerel Date: May 24th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
mm cake mix.

Er. It probably wouldn't hurt. I mean, at the worst, you're in the same boat you are now, right?

There weren't preservatives in the juice, were there?
starflow From: starflow Date: May 24th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a very cool basement for that old ale!
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I may take you up on that.

BTW - who in the building is a homebrewer? There's a set-up stashed down there that would allow for all-grain brewing pretty easily.
starflow From: starflow Date: May 24th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Presumably Edible!!!!

Let me know and we'll get you set up.

Is it in the rearmost storage room? It's probably Fred and Margot's. They do wine, too.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 24th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You used cider with absolutely no preservatives, right? Another friend of mine bought organic cider, but it had added preservatives. Ended up with a nice apple soda after many packs of yeast...

So sad that the Nutella didn't come through! meg and I were all psyched to hear the results of that one.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, I got no idea. Pete brought over 5 gallons of cider and 5lbs of honey and went at it.

Fecking preservatives.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: May 24th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
yep, I bet that's what it is.
doh!
esmerel From: esmerel Date: May 24th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
heh, I shoulda read the rest of the comments before replying, I was just wondering the same thing!
itsametaketoshi From: itsametaketoshi Date: May 24th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, this makes me so jealous of people who have hobbies other than "get drunk at every opportunity."
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, but this one facilitates getting drunk. It's WIN:WIN!
itsametaketoshi From: itsametaketoshi Date: May 24th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
consider my jealousy doubled!
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