I cracked the first bottle after a week conditioning, here's the result.
Appearance: Light golden to amber. Quite clear despite a little yeast kicked up during the pour. Thin head falling quickly but I expect a little more with the roasted barley.
Aroma: Not much here but it's still a little under carbonated. Spicy hop aroma from the fuggles. A little breadiness and some caramel or vanilla warm sweetness. The phenols are probably from a high fermentation temperature but they are slight and add a nice subdued sweetness to the nose without overwhelming.
Flavor: Definitely some spicy and slightly resinous hop in the tail but the initial impression is caramel. I'm getting a little bit of a resin/chemical flavor that could be from the smoked malt although I suspect the caramel is the predominant contribution from that ingredient. Balance tips to the bitter side of the scale.
Mouthfeel: More full bodied than you'd expect from the low alcohol which is what I was going for with the grain bill. I nice creamy smoothness that reminds you a little of a dry Irish stout but it's more of a memory than a real impression. Carbonation is low, but again, it's only been conditioning for a week. I don't expect high carbonation but I suspect there will be a bit more in the coming weeks.
Finish: Fairly long linger on the hop which makes this a good beer to drink slowly. Coupled with the low alcohol, I expect I could finish 5 or 6 in a long session without any sign of a hangover the next
General Impression: I'm rather happy with this one. I'm a little rusty these days and I've been doing crazy beers to it's nice to have a easy to brew, east to drink beer for a change.
|Bob's Best Bitter|
|Type: All Grain||Date: 8/23/2014|
|Batch Size: 6.00 gal||Brewer: Trevor|
|Boil Size: 7.00 gal||Asst Brewer:|
|Boil Time: 60 min||Equipment: BIAB|
|Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0||Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00|
|Est Original Gravity: 1.038 SG||Measured Original Gravity: 1.038 SG|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.012 SG||Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 3.47 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol: 3.90 %|
|Bitterness: 26.6 IBU||Calories: 165 cal/pint|
|Est Color: 7.7 SRM||Color:
|Mash Name: BIAB||Total Grain Weight: 8.88 lb|
|Sparge Water: 4.07 gal||Grain Temperature: 72.0 F|
|Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F||TunTemperature: 72.0 F|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE||Mash PH: 5.4 PH|
Carbonation and Storage
|Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar||Volumes of CO2: 1.1|
|Pressure/Weight: 1.0 oz||Carbonation Used: 1.2|
|Keg/Bottling Temperature: 75.0 F||Age for: 21.0 days|
|Storage Temperature: 52.0 F|
|Flame out a couple of times on the burner so I boiled a little
longer than estimated for the first hop addition. Quite hot outside so
fermentation is high. 82 pitch, trying to lower with an ice bath.|
38 x 12oz = 3.5gal bottled 29-Aug-2014
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