Monday, March 16, 2015

Sasquatch Hunter Altbier --- Batch 3

Perhaps you remember my first award-winning homebrew was Sasquatch Hunter German Altbier. I just reminded you a couple weeks ago that this beer won a blue ribbon in the 2013 Denver Regional of the National Homebrew Competition. It came as a complete surprise that this beer won a ribbon. In fact, winning was so far away from my expectations that I didn't even think of saving any to send to the nationals that year.

So, I had to brew batch 2 to have something to send to the National Competition. It didn't win a medal, but I was so excited to get to the Nationals that I didn't really care.

Not only did Sasquatch Hunter win an award, but I also really liked the beer. It is shocking that I have not brewed the recipe again until two Sundays ago. Not sure exactly why other than I just never got around to it.

Anyway ... I got started ridiculously early on this particular brew day. I think the mash was well underway by 4AM. 

Everything went exceptionally well.

The mash temperatures were perfect. The pre-boil gravity was a bit high, but of course that is easily fixed with a little water.

In the boil, I remembered to add everything when I was supposed to add it.

I had the batch chilled and into the carboy before church. Actually, I got a full carboy and enough for about an extra gallon. Over church, I let the wort cool a bit more so I could pitch under 60 degrees.

When I got back, I got the yeast pitched.

I did forget the clarity-ferm I had intended to add, but that is ok. I'll just use it for some other batch.

The beer has been fermenting for a week and a day, and the gravity reading I took Sunday was 1.013, meaning the beer is pretty much at expected final gravity. It is still pretty cloudy and has a fair amount of kraussen on the top still, but that is something that happens with this yeast.

The flavor of the sample was good, although it does have a bit of a yeast bite. I will probably move it to a secondary to let it clarify a bit. I figure I'll be drinking this in about a month.

Can't wait.

I'll be sure to tell you how it turns out.

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