Saturday, November 3, 2012

What do you do...?

What do you do when you add to much of a grain to your grain bill? You brew it of course? Last brew day I ordered our grains and had the grains mixed for one beer and not for the other. It wasn't until I got the order did I realize what I had done.

Anyway I pondered what I was going to do. I thought maybe if I was a little more inebriated I might could pick out all the crushed grains, well that wasn't going to happen no matter how much I drank. So i concluded we would just brew it and see what it turned out like.

We brewed the beers and now came the wait. When I finally tested the batches I was quite impressed with what we had. The grain bill I messed up on turned out to be quite good for a Dunkel! Not what I was going for but still will probably brew it again.

We will definitely be brewing both batches again.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bock Beer Recipe

Well we have created two bock beer recipes to try. After a lot of reading and researching we have something that we think will be our own. Bock beer is one of our favorites to drink. What beer isn’t good to drink?

The history of bock beer is interesting for sure.  The bock style was first an ale then made as a lager. It is a malty beer with a light to undetectable hops presence.  The aroma should be very malty with no hops being detectable. If you are staying true to the style it must have a minimum OG of 1.064. This brings the beer to about 6.0+ in ABV.

The color of the bock beer is usually a copper color. Some may have the dunkel , meaning dark, in the name of the beer. This is due to the sub-styles of the bock beers. For example helles or maibock are a lighter colored beer with a more notable hop presence. Maibocks are usually brewed in the spring or the month of May. Dunkel just means “dark”.

Wheat and barley were used in the original Einbeck beer. So we based our recipe on that as well. This will be a bock beer based on the original recipes and not so much on the modern versions of the beer.

But why do they call it bock beer and why are there always goats on the labels? Good question and no one knows for certain. The most common and accepted explanation is the name is a derivative if the town name of Einbeck where the style originated from. And what about goats you say? Well when the name was used in the Bavarian dialect the beer was called “Ainpoeckish Pier”. This was later shortened to “Poeck” and the finally to “bock”. Bock is “goat” in German. So that is why you have goats on the labels of most bock beers.

We'll keep you posted on the progress of these beers as they will be lagered. Heck we might even try one as an ale on the next brew.