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Monday Night recap: Less Joel means less ginger

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The rain held off, we had a great crowd, and we brewed a (potentially) great beer. Last night we brewed another Belgian witbier, though we used about 40% less fresh ginger. If Joel had been around we probably would have ended up using more ginger without Jeff’s knowledge, as Joel is what we call a “Ginger Fiend.” This was a popular beer last time we brewed it, so we’re excited to see if we can’t make it even better this time around.

A huge thanks goes out to Sir Melvin Pants (we’re trying to come up with a nickname for him since Melvin Van Peebles was already taken) for helping us figure out our fancy new chilling setup. Expect a more detailed post on that once Joel stops slacking. Until then, please enjoy this artsy shot of one of our fermenters, courtesy of Jeanine.

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In other news, we kegged our Eye Patch Ale and drained the yeast off of last week’s barleywine, which is attenuating nicely. And I also think Jeff did some stuff with a spreadsheet. But that’s not really new… just boring. Thanks to all who came out, hope to see you soon!

8 thoughts on “Monday Night recap: Less Joel means less ginger

  1. What hops do you use in this one? I recently made a witbier using persian limes, coriander and Saaz hops which was rather well received (ask Mark Stewart about Limelight!!). I am playing with the idea of messing with the recipe when I make it again in August, adding some root ginger and perhaps bittering it with amarillo hops and using the saaz just for flavour and aroma – any thoughts?

  2. We use German Hallertau for both bittering and flavor, with no aroma addition – not too different from Saaz, really. You could certainly use Amarillo for bittering, but be careful as they can have pretty high AA%. Do you know what kind of IBU range your first batch was? I can go either way on an aroma addition – on the one hand, it’s nice to let the ginger come through in the nose, but I’m always up for something a little more complicated, too!

  3. According to Beertools.com the IBU was about 15 – I am not a huge fan of hop bombs to be honest, but I love the grapefruit flavours of amarillo, so I would go fairly easy on it just to get enough in there without going nuts.

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