Saturday, March 21, 2015

More Hoppy LTC Brewday

Another one for the drinking; this one has a different grain bill and a slightly different hop bill, but otherwise it is headed down the same path. Word to your mother, indeed.

204. More Hoppy LTC
8 lbs. Best Malz Pilsen
4 lbs. Best Malz Wheat

Mash @ 150° F for 80 minutes w/ 4 gallons RO water, 4 g. gypsum, & 4 g. CaCl; collected 2 ½ gallons @ 1.076
Batch sparge @ 166° F for 20 minutes w/ 4 gallons RO water; collected 4 gallons @ 1.024

Topped off to 7 gallons, brought to a boil (70 minutes), & added:
w/60 to go: 1 oz. Millenium leaf 16.7% AA
1 oz. German Magnum leaf 14.2 % AA

w/20 to go: 1 oz. German Magnum leaf 14.2 % AA

w/10 to go: 1 oz. Comet leaf 10.9% AA
5 g. Wyeast yeast nutrient

w/5 to go: 1 oz. Millenium leaf 16.7% AA

w/0 to go: 1 oz. Comet leaf 10.9% AA
1 oz. Millenium leaf 16.7% AA

Let stand for 20 minutes, chilled, & racked onto LTC yeast cake from 202. Hoppy LTC

Brewed: 3/21/2015
Secondary: 4/12/2015 @ 1.004; dry-hopped w/ 1 oz. Comet leaf 10.9% AA and 1 oz. Millenium leaf 16.7% AA
Bottle: 4/18/2015 w/ 3 oz. table sugar

OG: 1.052
FG: 1.002

Tasting Notes (5/12/2015): More Hoppy LTC pours a hazy and slightly dirty straw; there is decent white head that is bright and shiny while leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. The nose is hay and the herbal spice of Millenium—a mix of mint and that pleasant herbal spiciness you get in Nugget, albeit at a reduced level—combined with some peppery phenolic fruit and lavender hints. I’d call it a spritzy floral character, although at a lower level than the other aromatics. Flavors follow the nose; there is a hint of Pils graininess that hold the body together, but mainly this beer is a vehicle for yeast and hop flavors. There is mint and pepper in the front, followed by herbal hop flavor and a clean bitterness in the middle that gives way to hay, spiciness, and a scratchier bitterness in the finish; the bitterness is bright and crisp, and lingers on the palate with just a touch of mint. The mouthfeel is pretty minimal—this beer is dry dry dry—consisting mainly of bright cracker effervescence from the carbonation that blends well with the scratch finishing bitterness. Combined, the sensation is not unlike the lingering effects of using a minty toothpaste. A tasty and easy-drinking beer; I like the hop profile—I am a bit of a sucker for Millenium—but while well made, there is nothing super-exciting about the beer. Well, besides further confirmation that I do love bone-crushingly dry beers. But we all already knew that! 

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