Kid just loves him some cows (komos) wrote,
Kid just loves him some cows

Otter Bomb!

I forgot to mention – thanks to the generosity of fidgetmonster and the assistance of the lovely and talented cayetana, my light-struck beer slump has ended. Though I still haven’t dumped the tastes-like-burningpennies Belgian, yesterday Otter Bomb Ale was born. I know some of you will wince a little when I say it’s one of my experimental brews, but I’ve actually got a good feeling about this one. If all goes well, the delicate flavor of lemon balm will gently blend with the nutty sweetness of the Maris Otter malt and I’ll have a brown ale worthy of my house.

The wort at time of pitching had a slight floral nose with a sweet and almost syrupy mouth-feel. I’m hoping that in the fermentation, the sweetness will drift somewhere below cloying and more of the nose makes itself evident. As of this morning, the yeast was happily burbling away in my closet at high kreuesen and with just a bit of residue from the herb being pushed to the top. I estimate time to completion somewhere in the realm of 2-3 weeks.

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