Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Birdsfoot Trefoil Braggot

I just brewed one of the last beers ever to be brewed in this ol' kitchen of mine. I've been wanting to brew a braggot for some time now and I finally got around to it this morning. Damn it felt good to brew something. I've been so bloody busy lately and distracted with house hunting that I haven't even had time to think about brewing. I get crabby when my beer supply starts running anyone would, right?

I just bought a house yesterday in Ishpeming so it looks like I'm going to have to pack up my gear and head 15 min west of Marquette. The move is going to help my brewing situation greatly as I'll have a garage to brew in that happens to be attached to my basement where I plan to put in a little tasting/fermentation room. I'm pretty excited to get it all set up.

Anyway, back to my Braggot that I just brewed. Recipe goes like this:

13 lbs Castle Belg Pilsner
4 oz Crystal 12oL
4 oz Special Roast

1.5 oz Styrian Golding @ 60
.5 oz Styrian Golding @ 30
1 oz Lublin (polish) @ 30
.5 oz Lublin (polish) @ 15s

1 oz sweet orange peel @ 15
1 cinnamon stick @ 10 (to help prevent oxidation on the shelf)
1/8 tsp Grains of Paradise @ 10
1/2 tbsp Coriander @ 8
5lb of White Birch Apiary (Just the name of the Apiary--you can't make honey from Birch) Birdsfoot Trefoil Honey. From right here in da U.P. 'eh.

Pitched a slurry of WLP530 Abbey Ale Yeast

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