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So Many Beers…

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Last night was a busy one for MNB. We sampled 5 new batches, including 4 completely new beers. Plus we brewed up a 10-gallon batch of Weissguy and had our first MNB beer on tap. The quick rundown:

Cowtipper Cream Ale: Turned out well – I’d say 3.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t naturally gravitate towards a cream ale, but ours was crystal clear and had a very smooth mouthfeel. It actually did have a kind of creamy finish to it.

Bog Monster Cranberry Ale: Probably a 2.5 out of 5. Nice fruit flavor, but too tart for my liking. I can’t tell if using real fruit would tone down the tart flavor or not. The fruit flavor was just about right, so I would hate to back off the extract too much.

Base Jumper IPA: Another 2.5 out of 5. Definitely bitter, but without the complexity that a double IPA should have. Despite a solid 8.5%, it just didn’t have the intensity I was looking for. I’m dying to get this one right, so I’ll keep fiddling.

Casserole Ale: 3 out of 5. This was a total mish-mash, and also our first beer served on draft. It had a nice bitterness, but not a lot of body. Still, a good beer to sip on a Mon ay night.

Swashchuckler IPA: I figured this batch was bad (brewed about 6 weeks ago), and suspicions were confirmed last night. Overcarbonated at 2 weeks, and well on its way to being a gusher. Yuck.

In other news, Peter picked up a couple more glass carboys a couple weeks ago, so we are completely done with any fermentation in a plastic bucket. So far, this seems to have helped us avoid the contamination issues that have been plaguing us for the past month.

4 thoughts on “So Many Beers…

  1. I’d say we should wait to see how the Base Jumper turns out over the next month. I bet we taste it a month from now, and it’s much better than it was last night. At 8.5%, I think it will need some time in the bottle to condition…we’ve seen changes with other beers, so I would expect this one to change alot more.

    Also, I’m very excited to bring you my California Common next week. It’s silky smooth and malty…probably doesn’t have the hoppiness that MNB would require, but it’s a different taste, at any rate.

  2. I have been a bucket man for my primary for 5 years and would never go back. In my experience with buckets is if you clean them with a soft rag and don’t put stuff inside them, they will last you without a problem. I replaced my original bucket of ~4yrs earlier this year and it was not because of contamination, it was just starting to change color so I thought it was time…That’s just my opinion on the plastic vs. glass.

    The brews sound good.

    Cheers!

  3. Good tip, Travis. I think a big part of the problem was using more abrasive cleaning pads and scrubbers for the buckets, which put a lot of scratches in them.

  4. Yea that will do you in, I one of those checkered blue thin rags that you can buy in stores. It’s really soft. From what I have found, that with some blazing hot water and soap usually gets out event the nastiest of gunk.

    One more quick pitch on the bucket, it also prevents UV rays from skunking the beer during fermentation. I keep all my stuff in the basement anyway, but for some, that’s a plus.

    Drink on.

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