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Al B
12/05/08 10:00 PM  
Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
I haven't gone back through all of the Bugfarm mail with what homebrews were from whom, so I'm posting some brews I've tasted lately......

Mraz's 100% Brett anomalus brew - I remember this from the 1st brett swap - a dry golden brew w/ some lacing. I think it has a pear aroma, but was it mango others thought during the swap, I can't remember. Really dry similiar to my Fantome brett brews over a yr old. Now I have another brett in the bugbank!

BER2 in a Arbor Brewing Red Snapper Ale bottle - BIG lactic Berliner wiesse, really "snappy" tartness w/ wheat aroma or aroma from a freshly sparged sour-mash more like......nice...please pass the woodruff syrup!

PK lambic 9-18: light amber, slightly funky aroma, unusually strong grapefruit acidity, lingering bite and curiously interesting. Ambient? It reminds me of Steve's spotaneous brew.

Old Ale w/ lambicus: Pours amber w/ familiar bretty farmyard, but not overly so. Some bitterness eases off as it warms (good). A touch of leather, some resemblance of some caramel. Grew on me as it warmed up....and my buzz.

MBB 8/7 - Nice moderate lactic acidity, slightly grapefruity and lightly farmyard. EXTREMELY drinkable, all Brett? I think so, golden in color w/ nice lacing on the glass, good mouthfeel. Enjoyable. Really.

Brewer's Best cap in Widmer bottle: Sour cherry aroma, lots of cherry and a touch lambic-like, alcoholic, great aroma. A bit sharp perhaps from the cherry acid level perhaps....alot of alcohol, man o' man. Should age well.

........more to come, if I get some time @ work I'll figure out where some of these came from.....not very organized on this one!

Al B drunk

Up next....a raspberry porter I think, Barleywine, another Berliner or two, an oude bruin.....

john
12/07/08 09:54 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Hey Al,

PK Lambic if its mine is PR Lambic (Peach Raspberry) i have shitty handwriting at best worse on a bottle cap. if it is mine it was a lambic type thing with about 15 lbs peaches in late primary early secondary then racked off fruit for a few months then more fresh peaches and raspberries added to tertiary or quad. needs a lot of aging but im hopeful. ambient temps,mid 60's to mid 70's. fermented for a year and a few months. also started w white labs sour mix. at various times had everything i could think of added. wyeast lambic, roselare, dregs from jolly pumpkin, girardin, hansens, cantillon, drie fountenein, la folie, and god knows what else...

MBB 8-7 my mo betta bretta clone. all brett c ferment.

brewers best cap- cherry melomel. about 14-16 percent abv. young mead. fun to drink now, hopefully will age well.

have a saison in primary (my first) with your blend and will add the brett you sent in 6 of the 12+ gallons.cant wait!

Bill Bunning
12/08/08 01:32 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
I'm not sure if the raspberry porter you are refering to is the Chocolate Cherrey Imperial Porter I sent. It came in a 16 oz bottle along with a Berliner in a 12 oz bottle. I should have done a better job of labeling.
Al B
12/08/08 02:15 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Yes Bill, that's it, thanks. Actually I'm enjoying tasting blindly.

John,

That MBB went down way too easily. That was really nice.

Rudy Watkins
12/28/08 05:44 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Hey Al,

The BER2 was mine. I used the recipe (with a few minor tweaks) at http://www.ratebeer.com/Recipe.asp?RecipeID=110 and did the sour mash around 85 degrees.

Glad you enjoyed!

-rudy

Al B
03/26/09 08:36 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....Round 2
Round 2:

Raspberry Imperial Porter - light tartness of raspberry countering malt, nice head and warming character. Subtle raspberry (good) w/ chocolate notes, balanced. Good desert beer. I'd pair it with chocolate anything.

Old ale in New belgian bottle: Copper color, crisp, balanced, slight metallic note perhaps but not distracting. Light caramel & toffee. Would go well with bread pudding.

Berliner w/ blue cap & stars: slight tartness, easy drinkin', wheat flavor but I think slightly oxidized.

Flemish red in corked bottle labeled SR: great head (slightly reddish - thought it had some fruit in it due to the color). Notes of leather, cherry stone, tart & dry. Very good job - (Roeselare blend?).

MTC's Oud brune: Familiar Roeselare aroma (leathery lactic tang, some fruit-stone, some barnyard). Malty at first then acidity swept through. Smooth when warmed up.

Mr. Ts 30lb Necklace Strong Golden: Huge aroma of pear & bubble gum in my opinion. Good balance of malt / hop, great lacing. Duvel yeast? NinaB approves of the brew as well.

Brett Pale ale - Beautiful orange color, gushed big time though (ahh those crazy bretts). A bit phenolic for me yet drinkable.

Berliner weiss w/ Beach PLums: I was unsure about this one, like what are beach plums? I'm told there all over the Jersey shore. This was marvelous. The plum flavor was subtle yet you realize there's something fruity blending w/ the wheat. Light pink in color, sour but not too much. Great.

Berliner weiss from Paul K: Made with WY Berliner Blend, this was the first Berliner I tasted w/ it. I really liked the light brett flavor contribution. Well done.

Thanks again!

Al Buzzed

Seanywonton
03/26/09 09:14 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Thanks for the feedback! I'll get you a bottle of the Deliverance soon, made with your blend.
Mike Mraz
03/26/09 11:49 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Flemish red in corked bottle labeled SR: great head (slightly reddish - thought it had some fruit in it due to the color). Notes of leather, cherry stone, tart & dry. Very good job - (Roeselare blend?).

Al,

That was one that I sent to you. Glad you liked it, there is a small amount of fruit it there. Some cherries for color and to balance and help the pedio flavors. Also had some black berries for more color and the tannins from them. I have been playing with fruit not just for flavor, but for color and tannin structure.

Glad you like it, I need to make some more of this I only have a few bottles left.

As I write this Im drinking the beer that I made with Als Bug Farm, I bottled it 3 weeks ago. Still young, But I had to try a bottle. As of right now it is a soft brett/malt smell and a little tart flavor in the finish. Nothing is over the top still in balance. It also has a small hint of that buttery Chardonnay character. Most likely from the pedio. Time to let them sit and have the brett clean it up

Al B
03/27/09 07:29 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Ha! I thought it had some cherry in it (I couldn't pick it out), but the foam had color. Hold on to a couple of bottles, we'll do a bugfarm swap some day.
Al B
03/27/09 10:01 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Obviously I couldn't pick out the cherry either from Bill's Chocolate Cherry imperial porter as kept saying raspberry......well it was subtle (which I liked).

Cheers.

ErikH
03/28/09 01:30 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Brett Pale ale - Beautiful orange color, gushed big time though (ahh those crazy bretts). A bit phenolic for me yet drinkable.

That I believe would be the one I passed on to you with the Saison swap beers. Thanks for the feedback!

Bill Bunning
03/30/09 12:30 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Raspberry Imperial Porter - light tartness of raspberry countering malt, nice head and warming character. Subtle raspberry (good) w/ chocolate notes, balanced. Good desert beer. I'd pair it with chocolate anything.

Berliner w/ blue cap & stars: slight tartness, easy drinkin', wheat flavor but I think slightly oxidized.

These would be my offerings.

As you noted, it's cherry in the Chocolate Cherry Imperial Porter. I guess I did OK with that one as you describe it exactly as I intended.

The Berliner is oxidized? Guess it's hard for me to taste that when I mixing it with Schuss. I tried it side by side to Kindl and to me it was pretty close. That was brewed with WL Lactic and European Ale yeast. Any suggestions?

Bill

Al B
03/30/09 01:55 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Yes, Bill....you did QUITE OK w/ the Porter.

I detected a very slight cardboard taste in the Berliner.

Try it straight as I did (I could have used some cassis syrup I had, didn't think of it).

Al B
08/04/09 08:55 PM  
Round 3
John's Watermelon sour: Pours lt. golden, low carb. Aroma is funky at first then giving way to real watermelon. Crazy. Lactic & tart. I think this was based off 21st Amend. which the unfunky version just appeared in NJ.

John's wit w/ dregs of RR & Cantillon. Golden in color, barnyard at first whiff, then a citrus & musty (cool) acidity. Refreshing and easy drinkin' - no resemblance to a wit (as of last week) - a young lambic more like.

A green bottle labeled BDSA w/ sour cherries, Brett Brux, Port soaked oak: I forget who sent this (have to check on my mail) : Pours amber-red, intersting combo of cherries + port as the forefront taste, tart but not sour not much brux yet, but the cherries/port are in nice balance. I have a 2nd bottle which I will age for another yr. Should be interesting.

Tank's Berliner: very sour Berliner for sure. Clean, low diacetyl (just had some Bruery's Berliner on draft in PA which was quite reeking of diacetyl - but not when I had it there @ the Bruery). The WY & WL Lacto. gives off diacetyl recently when propagated I've noticed. I thought it was my imagination or Pedio, but no.

Tank's "Saison de Al" - I wonder where that came from? Bretty barnyard in background, Pleasant & dry. Just looked at my glass..........its empty. Was that intentional (the brett I mean)....or did I sneek something in there?

Round 3 continues soon with more from Tank, CDH, and a little gem I found from John A sitting in the cobwebs in my cellar closet. An award winning Dubbel I think it was....

Al B
08/04/09 09:09 PM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Wait, I think that port cherry was from Mr. Madman Temptation barrel Mraz.
Rob
08/05/09 11:29 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Actually the BDSA with sour cherries, brux and port-soaked oak was mine. That beer has been in the bottle for about 1 1/2 yrs as of now. Don't know that it will develop much more. But I still have a few, so we will see.
tankdeer
08/05/09 11:52 AM  
Re: Happy Homebrews that you've sent me....
Glad you liked the beers Al. That berliner is a house favorite. To be honest, I wasn't impressed with Patrick's when I had it. But that was a while ago and I hear he's made some changes, so I'll have to give it another go.

Not sure where the brett in the saison came from, but it's definitely there. Cross contaminant from something. Have had a few people mention it to me including judges (who still managed to score it into the 40's so they obviously liked it). It has sat in the keg for about a year and I don't remember what was in that keg before the saison, quite possibly something bretty. Either way, it's a happy accident. :)

Cheers

 
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