Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Necessity of Waiting

Ah, down time at Muckney Brewing. Not much going on at the moment. We're waiting for the Ides of March RIS (MB0016 and MB0017) double batch to finish fermenting (the airlock stopped bubbling on Saturday) to transfer it to secondary.

Normally this is not a huge deal. This time, it is. If you've been following along, you know that half of this (MB0017) will be aged on oak. After doing our research, Justin and I have decided to soak 2 oz. of medium toasted oak chips in Wild Turkey 12 for several days. We will rack onto these once FG is reached and allow to sit for three week, at which time we'll give 'er a try. We'll do the same every three to four weeks until we get the results that we want. I'm thinking it's going to take somewhere in the 3 to 4 month range to get a good bourbon/oak flavor. More to come once the buckets are opened.

Tasting updates - Notes to come shortly on the XLTPA and the Rising Sun Red. The Rising Sun at two weeks was delicious, but needed to carb up a bit more. I'm sure one will be popped this weekend. The XLTPA has some serious diacetyl problems. Hopefully they fade with time.

Up Next
The Missionary Position (MB0018-T4) - A Belgian Strong Ale with a twist. Yes, as you may have guessed, we're adding fruit. The recipe is still being ironed out. Details to come.

Stone Soup Porter (MB0019-M2) - Time to clean out the cupboards. Yes, another MB Mash-Up. We all know that the previous one turned out well (Batch 11 Black IPA), and here's to hopin' this one does. NOthing crazy about this one, just a classic Robust Porter.

On a personal tasting note, CONGRATS!! to Justin for recently rating his 200th beer on A Good Choice if I must say so myself.


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