More Bottling (No Comments)

We finally bottled the Wheat Beer last night, which makes for my 6th batch so far this year, 4 of which have been in the last 2 months. I think we’ll have plenty of beer to get us through the summer. For now, I’ll be taking a break from brewing until August, which seems surprisingly close. Once August comes, I’ll have to start planning batches and brewing for our Annual Halloween party: Beer and Boo’s.

I’m a little disappointed with the wheat beer this time around. I was hoping for some very strong banana esthers from the yeast, but they just aren’t there. I’ve used this yeast before with great results, so I’m not exactly sure what has changed. Aside from that it’s a decent beer, perhaps a little too sweet but it will probably mellow with age and carbonation. I won’t make a final judgment until after it’s carbonated, but I think I will skip the Crystal Malt in my next batch and use at least a pound of Flaked Wheat to help the texture. I used only wheat extract in this batch hoping that it wouldn’t bubble over, but that happened anyway 🙂

We also transferred or latest batch of Agave Mead last night. It still has a gravity of 1.040, but it’s still bubbling pretty well so that should come down to 1.020 in the next 6 weeks. It’s definitely taking its time to ferment, but that seems to be the case with all of my batches of Mead. I think I am going to make this a sparkling mead when the time comes, but we won’t be bottling it for at least a few months.

– Chris

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