Sunday I brewed up a batch of Rye Stout!
I’ve broken into the Bourbon Barrel over the past couple of weeks and it tastes great… no longer over powering on the oak front. I’ve been holding off on the Spiced Rum Porter as the first 2 bottles I opened didn’t seem to carbonate very well… so hopefully I’ll crack one open this week and it will be fine
Another great season of Rugby has ended with Virginia Rugby Football Club as the 2011 undefeated champions of VRU DIII rugby.
This is the 6th straight Virginia Rugby Union DIII title for the VRFC and it’s 5th undefeated season in those six years.
League Table: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/virginiarugbyfootballclub/s/league-table-30583.html
My latest two concoctions are ready to drink technically… Though judging from what I tasted at bottling the bourbon barrel porter needs to mellow out for a couple months probably… Very very oaky…. The spiced rum porter however seems ready to go! Though I’m sure it could do with some bottle aging as well. This stuff is very strong!
Added 1/5 of bourbon and spiced rum to a split 10g batch of porter on wed… I wish I had saved some of the porter on it’s own it was very tasty.
Narrowly averted disaster
Bourbon Barrel Porter? or Spiced Rum Porter?
The correct answer to this question is… Both! Since I make 10gallon batches… one carboy will get the bourbon treatment… and the other rum…
The Porter will be from the same 10 gallon Porter I will soon be brewing up.
The variables/contestants in this experiment will most likely be
Maker’s Mark Virginia Gentleman and Sailor Jerry.
Who will be victorious ?!?!
*** My Local Brewers store only has one pack of Scottish Ale yeast… So I got a package of European Ale yeast to try on one of the beers. I am going to make a starter for this beer and realized I only have one 2000 ml glass flask… so I’m going to mix the two yeast strains in the starter.
Ingredients for Bourbon Barrel Beer on the way!
I’ve been taking a break from brewing a bit to drink the beer I made in the first five months that I’ve been brewing… I was running out of room to store it all I think I’ll slow it down to every other month or so and start kegging half of my 10 gallon batches.
My new favorite beer is a creation of my own! The XV Pale Ale! I tried one a little early… I couldn’t wait… It had only been a week since bottling! But it was ready! Dry hopped for 15 days… It’s my new favorite!
This past week I bottled XV Pale Ale… XV is the roman numeral symbol for 15… The number of days fir which this beer was dry hopped and the symbol for the rugby union version of the game of rugby… Played with 15 players and also referred to as fifteen’s or 15’s… This is the version of the game most widely played in America.