Homebrewing, Small Batch Numbers 14, 15

I really need to post more to my personal blog, so I’m going to try harder this spring and summer to get back to posting here. Here’s an update on homebrew batches 14 and 15. I’ve brewed a couple more batches since then, but I’m holding off posting information about the newest beer since I’m trying to decide whether or not to enter them in the local homebrewing competition in May.

Small Batch Number 14
Cranberry Gose – I’m still on a Gose kick. I just can’t get enough of that style and I totally blame Lost Nation Brewing. One of the things that I enjoy most about homebrewing is experimenting with new ideas and creations. I wanted to make another Gose, but use some sort of sour/tart fruit, so I realized we had some cranberries and so I made a Cranberry Gose. Overall, I think it tasted pretty good. HOWEVER, the beer was over carbonated and were gushers. I felt really bad, because I believe it would have been a good pairing since the cranberries would have given it a good tartness to compliment the already tart/sour taste of the Gose. After stopping by and talking with the brewer at Burlington Beer Company, he recommend adding fruit to the primary instead of the secondary. I believe I’ll try that next time, since I believe it was over carbonated due to the introduction of sugar from the cranberries added into the secondary.

Small Batch Number 15
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Porter – I was really excited about this idea. I ordered some PB2 (peanut butter powder) for this idea and used some Chocolate from a local chocolate company. This was my first porter and I really enjoyed the roasted malts cooking in the mash. The final verdict on this one was that I used too much chocolate and not enough peanut butter. The beer came out a bit too bitter (assuming from the chocolate), so next time I’m doubling the PB2 and lowering the chocolate. I’ll definitely work to improve and tweak this recipe.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Part 10 of many. View the start of my Vermont Brewery Challenge here.

Hill Farmstead Brewery is located in Greensboro in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Hill Farmstead was our original destination for driving this day, which we stopped at Rock Art Brewery on the way. I had never been to Hill Farmstead and based on beer snobs enthusiasts, the brewery is a required pilgrimage for all beer connoisseurs. Shaun Hill, head brewmaster and founder, was featured in Vanity Fair last month and has been called the best brewer in America by several organizations and articles. While many of their beers are ranked in the top 1% of both US and World beers (by style), I’ve only sampled the few available on tap in Burlington (Edward, Abner, Anna).
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