[Loch-Ruadh] Brewing Class Review
Padraig Ruad O'Maolagain
padraig_ruad at irishbard.org
Thu May 3 21:23:54 PDT 2007
Update on the Maple Oatmeal Stout
Not long after I sent out the original message, the fermentation started up,
so an immediate trip to the Winemaker Shop wasn't necessary.
Last Sunday, 29 April, fermentation appeared to be finished, so I racked the
beer to a second fermenter. There was a good inch of barm and sediment on
the bottom (I saved some to culture the yeast - I'm going to try to make
some bread with it). I had made the trip to the Winemake Shop on Friday,
and picked up yeast nutrient, gelatin finings and amalase enzyme. To the
freshly racked beer, I added yeast nutrient to encourage some secondary
fermentation, gelatin finings to help settle out any remaining particulate,
and amalase enzyme to clarify any protein haze. I put the top on the
fermenter, fitted the airlock, and put the fermenter back into the pantry.
I'll be checking it tomorrow to see if it's ready to bottle.
Taste test: very rich stout, with a definite hint of maple. Good taste,
even for flat green beer ("green" mean not mature, not the color). Should
be excellent by Warlord.
>I hope that everyone who attended the brewing class on Saturday had as much
> fun as I did. Many thanks to Elizabeth for letting us hold the class at
> house. The layout of her kitchen/dining/living room was perfect for that
> kind of demonstration.
> For those who were unable to attend, Dunstan took a lot of pictures (as I
> forgot to get the video camera from my daughter) and as soon as he's had a
> chance to sort them out and get them to me, I'll write up a narative to go
> with them and post everything online so you can follow along with what we
> The handouts from the class are available at
> http://www.geocities.com/padraig_ruad/BrewingGuild/. Of course, if you
> to do a taste test on the beers we sampled, you'll have to go to World
> Market or someplace similar to get them.
> The beer made during the class, a Maple Oatmeal Stout, is currently
> in my kitchen, but the fermentation doesn't seem to have started yet. I
> will make a trip to The WInemaker Shop sometime today to pcik up some
> nutrient to try to get it jump-started. I'm hoping to have it ready to
> drink by Warlord.
> I've also decided that sometime within the next month, I am going to brew
> another batch of the Honey Mild Ale that I took to Gulf War, as everyone
> has tried that one has enjoyed it. I'll let everyone know when I'm going
> brew it up.
> Nunc est bibendum
> Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.
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