So, with the Bluebonnet Brew-Off entry check-in end date looming (Feb 24), I’ve been begging the weather to cooperate with my schedule so I could sneak a brewday or two in. Score one for me yesterday. I brewed a IPA with a semblance to a Cigar City Jai Alai clone.
What was also nice is that my Baltic Porter 10-gallon batch was ready for transfer. Five gallons are now clarifying and carbonating in keg. The other five gallons went into a Balcones Distillery Rumble barrel for aging until at least next February. I am most excited in the barrel experiment because it has also been infected with Brettanomyces; in particular the Brett. Lambicus strain, as it was the only one I had readily available. Ideal? No, but whatevah! I’ve only had one Brett-soured Porter, and I was really intrigued by the flavors. I figured I’d give it the ol’ college try, myself. Hopefully, I will remember to report back next year.
I’ve also got a Maibock from my homebrew club‘s “Big Brew” fermenting away, but I won’t be entering it into competition, since it was a group effort.
And with that, I’ve run out of things to type. Here’s my list of planned entries for Bluebonnet:
-Scottish 90/- | guess I’ll finally have to figure out a category to put this in…9E-Strong Scottish, although it’s way too hoppy for the cat.
-Winter Warmer | going with 19A-Old Ale, I think.
-Baltic Porter | *gasp* 12C-Baltic Porter
-Hi A Lie IPA | either 14B-American IPA or 14C-Imperial IPA, depending on flavor and recalculating final numbers.
Cheers, and RIP Don Younger