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A little less than a happy high
A few thoughts concerning current brews
Both the Apple Wit and the Umlaut Kölsch got bottled last night. My feelings on them are mixed, even though they've both come through the long ferment in the heat relatively unscathed.

The Apple Wit came a bit more cidery than I had hoped, and mind you, this is hard cider and not the sweet commercial ciders like Magners and its ilk. It's tasty, but I'm almost thinking that the Granny Smiths might have been too much for a simpler beer style. I think I'd like to try running fewer than ten lbs. or perhaps a different variety for another attempt at a wheat. The other thought I had was to go all out with a golden ale and spice it like apple pie. Either route has promise.

The Kölsh is a bit more spicy than what I'm accustomed to from the style. I'm not sure if it's because of the less than ideal conditions of the ferment, or if I should cut back on the hops in the boil. Again, it's emminently drinkable (and pretty, too), but I'm pondering ways to make it balance better. I will be very happy once the summer heat breaks and I can have better control of temperatures and results.

I'll be cracking both sometime next week. I'm also thinking that I might do a q&d brew one night this week and an actual Sunday moot sometime soon.
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futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: August 9th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
In hard ciders, what type of apple is typically used? I think a golden delicious apple cider spiced like a pie might work...
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Traditionally? Pretty much whatever you had on hand. And given the changes that occur during fermentation, I'm not even sure how much the character of different apples would come through. Sweetness just get sucked away utterly since it's a highly fermentable sugar.

Dunno. Must try stuff.
From: ulf_rulz Date: August 9th, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Had the Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider?

komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't. I think most of the commercial ciders kill the yeast mid-ferment to maintain some sweetness and then force carbonate. I just don't have the equipment for it, so experimentation will be my friend.
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komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was an attempt to recreate the Ephemere, but it came out not nearly as sweet. It's pretty tart, actually.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: August 9th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Next time you visit a state that lets you mail booze, you'll have to mail me samplers! :D
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought there was a general prohibition against sending liquid through the post?
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: August 9th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Liquid Solutions.com is still shipping beer...

Although they might be using UPS.

komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
More to the point, I'm horrible about mailing things. Hasn't always been the case, but the past couple of years have reached absurd proportions.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: August 9th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Allright, then save one of each for February.

Tickets arrived yesterday! WOOT!
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking of stuff I need to mail...
cinemama From: cinemama Date: August 9th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did someone say hard cider?

(I'm having a generally crap day. Give me a tiny bright pin prick of joy.)
komos From: komos Date: August 9th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, Pablo and I were discussing the process to make jack last night 'cause we're crazy like that.

I think you tasted the wit when you were up last. It's been in the process of conditioning to clarify it some. Per usual, if you're in town soon enough, I'd be happy to set you up with a small collection. ^_^
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