Carnie Brewing update

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Brew Blog

It’s 2014 and I haven’t posted on my brewing for a while.  There’s a pretty good reason for that…my last brewing post was about my version of MG’s “Hopfweizenbock”, which I brewed back in mid-November.  Unfortunately it’s got the same harsh, raw, vegetative taste that I got in my Carnie Pale Ale #6, which was an all-Galaxy SMaSH brew.  It seems to be the Galaxy dry hopping that’s doing it…I dry hopped the weizenbock for 5 days, and I think that was a couple of days too many, as it went from tasting bloody good out of the fermenter to slap-in-the-face really quickly.  I dunno if I got a bad batch of Galaxy maybe, ‘coz others seem to have dry-hopped with it successfully.  I won’t be doing it again, that’s for sure.

Anyway, would you believe that was my last brew?  I haven’t brewed in almost two months, unless you count a Ginger Beer I’ve put together for my mum…she asked for a GB months ago and I finally got around to doing it….just in time for me to gift it to her while we’re all on holidays next week.  It was a simple kit GB, and even though I’m not a big fan of ginger, it tastes pretty good to me.  I reckon it’ll go alright next week poured over ice while we’re sweltering through the predicted 40C temperatures…

The main reason for my lack of brewing is beer stocks….I had a heap of beer and bugger all empty bottles…but I’ve mostly fixed that up over the xmas/new year break.  I’m in the early stages of planning a keg setup, so once that’s in place I’m going to need to knock out some brews real quick to fill those kegs.  I reckon a Kensington Kolsch, Frau Farbissina Hefeweizen and the latest version of my Random Task IPA are on the cards as the first three carnie brews into kegs.  Stay tuned….


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