Steve and I have finally finished our second successful all grain home brew. Once again we used his Brooklyn Brew Shop brewing system that he was given as a gift. We used the Chestnut Brown Ale mix that comes with everything you need but the optional chestnuts. We were unable to find chestnuts so brewed the beer as per the package.
The brew went down without a hitch and his little one was even able to help in her first ever brew.
The beer sat for two weeks to ferment and then we transferred our Growler Werks Ukeg‘s to force carbonate. We set the Ukeg’s to 15PSI for three days agitating multiple times a day. Today was the day to try the carbonated beer.
The beer poured a deep brown colour with a brown head (different lighting on both photos). The aroma consisted of caramel, nuts, sweetness and a hint of fruit. The flavour was of toffee, caramel, nuts, earth and some medium bitterness. While this beer does not stand up to commercially made craft beer I could taste no off flavours and it was quite enjoyable. If Steve and I could do our first two batches without off flavours and a pretty darn good flavour I would have to say that I would highly recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop system. It is also nice to be able to force carbonate your beer if you have the ability as bottle conditioning can be a crap shoot. Our first batch 50% of the bottles were way over carbonated. With the Ukeg it was perfectly carbonated.
From Ridge Brewing Company in Maple Ridge comes their “Core Sample Northwest IPA”. The beer pours a copper colour with a beige head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, citrus, dankness and floral hops. The flavour is of tropical fruit, lemon, melon, some resin, dankness and medium bitterness that lingers. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% with an IBU of 62. I have to say this is a really refreshing NW IPA and I look forward to finishing my growler.
From Beau’s All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario comes their “Full Time IPA”. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head and floaties. The aroma consists of citrus, grapefruit, pine, mild malts and floral hops. The flavour is of herbal hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pith, pine, caramel and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.7% with an IBU of 60. Beau’s All Natural Brewing knows how to make a tasty beer and this one is no different.
Commercial Description: Full Time I.P.A. pours hazy deep gold with a dense white foam. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit and pine abound. The flavour mirrors the aroma impressions with pronounced juicy fruit. A balanced bitterness underpins the flavour. This medium bodied ale finishes dry with lingering hop and fruit notes.
Food pairing as per brewery: Chipotle & mango salsa with spiced tortilla chips, BBQ beef burgers with caramelized onions and sharp cheddar, ginger-cookie-&-cream-cheese ice cream sandwich.
From Fernie BC’s Fernie Brewing comes the “The Eldorado Single Hop IPA” a beer part of their IPA series. The beer pours an orange colour with a white head. The aroma consists of tropical fruit, lemongrass, floral hops and caramel. The flavour is of tropical fruits, lemongrass, herbal notes, caramel, leafy, grassy and medium bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 75 – 80. I like a good single hop IPA and this one has enough flavour to not be one dimensional and be quite refreshing!
Commercial Description: Eldorado Hop is the focus of this single hop IPA. In addition to the stone fruit flavours of the Eldorado Hop, we have added distinctive Lemongrass, to provide a little extra citrus zing.
From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary, Alberta comes their “Honest Paul IPA”. The beer pours a copper orange colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, floral hops, orange and citrus. The flavour is of caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, herbal and medium hops bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 70. Event with an IBU of 70 I would call this more of an English IPA. You would not go wrong having a six pack of this in your fridge for a rainy day.
Commercial Description: Pour a tall drink and tell some tall tales with Honest Paul IPA, a refreshing ale with a hoppy bite that will bring out your inner storyteller.