I am still contemplating what the name of this brew is going to be, but I think that I’ll get into that more when I start working on a label. Right now, the plan is to load up on bombers (it’s a great excuse to stop at Galeville and grab a bomber every now and again) and make some labels for the brew. I’ll bottle all or most of it in bombers (30 for 5 gallons) and put a unique label on them. The thought is that I’ll wrap up with two goblets (from Syracuse China) each and give them out as Christmas gifts.
I was thinking something with Clark W. Griswold, but we’ll see.
Anyway, the brewing went well, I struck at 154f for 45min, decoct for 10 min to get the mash up to 168f. I did a fly sparge for about 35min at 170f and was able to collect about 8 gallons. the recipe called for a 90 min boil, so I did that (especially since I had such a good volume).
All went well. I added the spices at 1min and mixed them all together before adding them to the wort. In the end I had a brew that weighed in at 1.090 and I was able to pitch a very healthy yeast. So much so that it was a problem. It was bubbling out of the cracks between the bucket and the lid! It’s the first time I’ve had that happen. That only lasted about 32hrs. Now it’s slowed and it’s about ready for secondary. I’ll do that later this week.
It was a great brew day. This is a busy time for me, so it’s nice to have something that takes my mind off of work and I can focus on brewing.
I racked this over and when I tasted it, the anise was totally overwhelming the spice profile (note to self, no more anise EVER) so I added another teaspoon of apple pie spice and a half teaspoon of ground ginger. After a week like that, I took a taste and STILL wasn’t happy so I took Ted’s advice and added 2 shots of Appleton rum and another tablespoon of apple pie spice. I had a small sample of that and it was really good, complex, warming and not overpowered by any one flavor or smell. The final spice breakdown was as follows:
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp apple pie spice
2 shots of Appleton rum
a pinch of anise seed (don’t add next time)