As you may recall (well probably not), on December 28 I brewed a beer that was supposed to be a Laurel India Pale Ale. Since the pre-boil specific gravity came in way too low for an India Pale Ale, I decided to make it a Pale Ale. Simple Pale Ales are not simple to make. There is no place to hide any imperfections. And, after 10 days in the fermenter, I tasted slight soapy and buttery flavors in the new beer. According to John Palmer’s “How to Brew” website, a soapy flavor can result from the breakdown of the fatty acids that are in the trub at the bottom of your fermenter. Butter flavors can result from diacetyl. To some extent
a buttery flavor might not be bad. But it can also indicate that your yeast did not start on time.
It has 5.5% ABV and and calculates out to 43 IBU.
Given these imperfections, would we bottle or would we throw the whole batch down the drain?
Well, we here out Flog This Dead (Mule) Brewery looked at our flavor profiles and realized we have no flavor profiles. We wondered if our degrees Plato were met, and we had no idea what that meant. Finally, we checked our standards, and realized we had none, well, maybe not none, but extremely low.
So, since we have incredibly low standards (after all, we answer to no one but ourselves) we went ahead and bottled, and hoping to mask the dish soap flavor, we used honey for the bottle conditioning fermentation.
Now, with only moments to go before we have to serve this beer–which we have renamed after some dead guy and claimed that it’s based on a 1200 year-old recipe involving wild honey and monk sweat–at the homebrewers portion of the semi-prestigious Battle of the Brews beer event. Let’s hope the honey will fool people into thinking the stuff tastes okay.
[Norm smiles and opens doors while carrying boxes filled with bottles of beer named after some dead guy and claiming that it’s based on a 1200 year-old recipe]
Success! Oh Well took 1st place in the homebrewers tasting competition in BJCP #10A American Pale Ale category.
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- BrewingTV Reviews Heretic Brewing’s Evil Cousin (52beers.wordpress.com)
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- Getting Educated! Beer Sensory Class at CHAOS Brew Club (girlslikebeertoo.net)
- The saga of the “Oh Well, What the Hell” Pale Ale. Off Flavors. (52beers.wordpress.com)
- This week on Brew Disasters: Bottling Batch #2 of Laurel IPA (52beers.wordpress.com)
- Brew Your Own Beer (answers.com)
Ah, the joys of homebrewing and answering to nobody.
You are so right.
Answering only yourself (or the other voices in one’s head). Nobody has to like it but the brewer/drinker.
I often drink other commercial styles and think “this is good…mine’s better.” It may just be pride of ownership.