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Cerveza de Hermano

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Can't sleep, may as well brew...

 

As @MrWhy and @MRB Tim show no sign of giving up any ground in the Great Mexican-Belgian Beer War of 2017, I put together a hasty attempt at a Trappist Single mini-mash:

 

Cerveza de Hermano (Brother's Beer)

 

Mexican Cerveza HME

Chateau Pilsner, 1 lb.

Honey malt, 0.13 lb.

Carapils, 0.25 lb.

Mr. Beer Booster, 0.39 lb.

Styrian Golding, 1 oz., 25 min.

Crystal, 0.5 oz., 10 min.

Saaz, 0.5 oz., 5 min.

Mandarina Bavaria, 0.5 oz., Day 7 dry-hop

Safbrew Abbaye yeast

 

Mash grains @ 152 F for an hour.

Sparge grains with 2-3 cups hot water.

Dissolve booster; begin 30 min. boil. 

Hop as scheduled.

HME @ flame-out

Finish pint of Black Moon Weizen and return to bed.?

 

OG. 1.054

SRM  4

IBU  37

ABV ~5.5%

 

 

 

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I'd have done some orange zest too, but that sounds rly good to me. 

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14 hours ago, MRB Tim said:

I'd have done some orange zest too, but that sounds rly good to me. 

 

Hmmm...I was going to buy some mandarins today for a different recipe (Calidelic Mandarin IPA), so I think I'll "dry-hop" some peel along with the Mandarina Bavaria hops.  Hopefully I'll hop the right keg this time.  Thanks for the feedback Tim! 

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I'll venture just a bit further than saying that this one is "good" or "nice..."

 

Head -- light and off-white

Body -- medium

Aroma -- citrusy and malty

Flavor -- mandarin, lemon, tart and/or bitter with a light malt base

Color -- a very inviting clear, medium amber

Within style guidelines? -- again, IDK.

 

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Random tasting note of the day:  Hermano seems to be lacking the Abbey esters that define the style, so instead tastes more like a very good pale ale.

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