Sunday, March 3, 2013

Still Cappin'

Today Señora HolzBrew and I bottled the english strong ale that we've been aging in a whiskey barrel for the last month.  I think these brews are at least one month away from initial tasting, but will probably be best in about a year.  I was excited to use my new custom-made bottlemark caps seen above!



Señor Brew™ said...

Come on, you tasted some at bottling.

HolzBrew said...

I may have tasted a little. It reminded me somewhat of Great Divide Hibernation. Sweet malt, with a nice roasted edge. Additionally, the whiskey and wood are present, but surprisingly not overpowering. I had always heard that these small barrels were rarely used because the wood and liquor became overpowering due to the high surface to liquid ratio. So far so good. The real negative is that the brew is quite murky, my brew day was less than ideal and I ended up with a stuck sparge. Perhaps some of the suspended solids will settle out with time.