Irish Channel Stout

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Tonight’s beer is the Irish Channel Stout by NOLA Brewing.  This beer poured a deep dark brown to black with little head.  A coffee aroma with hints of chocolate dominate the nose.  These flavors continue on the palate, with a slight sweetness up front paired with a distinct bitterness on the backend, much like a night out in the Crescent City for a visitor.  Overall, NOLA puts together a wonderfully pleasant version of the Americanized stout.

-Everitt

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Brewing a Kinda Sorta Cream Ale

 

wort chiller

 

My BrewCipher spreadsheet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx1s9YqRQM3QQl9zdjZGN0R0VjQ/view?usp=sharing

I did a 4 gallon batch so that I could ferment in a carboy.  I think I am going to get a 6.5 gallon carboy so that I can do full batches.

I didn’t pay attention to the SRM of this beer so I fear it will look more like an amber than a cream ale.  I won’t worry about it not falling into the style guidelines as long as it is a tasty brew.

Estimated O.G. 1.060 at 4 gallons into fermentor

75% Belgian Pilsner

13% Melanoiden

7% Flaked Corn

5% Honey Malt

A couple of ounces of acid malt were thrown in for the water.

Cluster Hops to 29 IBUs.

Safale US-05

My measured OG was 1.058 at 4.5 gallons.

I took a look in the Frankenstein chamber 24 hours after pitching yeast and there is already a good bit of krausen 🙂

cream ale in chamber

I started using a BBQ grill on top of my keggle when I drain and squeeze the grain bag.  It was a game changer….it made BIAB so much easier.

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