After a three batches of beers with 6+ month fermentation timelines ( “Marley was Dead“, “Out Like a Lion” , “Sour Suburbanite” ) I wanted something with a slightly, faster turnaround.
And – less, um, experimental.
So, I pulled together this
Golden Strong Ale.
Simple and straight-forward ingredient list.
- “GnomeMower” Bier de Garde recipe
- 6# Northern Brewer Organic Light Malt Extract
- 2# Belgian Clear Candi Sugar
- 2oz. Norther Brewer @ 60min
- 2oz. UK Kent Goldings @ 15min
- WYeast’s 3725 Bier de Gard
- Original Gravity: 1050 ( ~6.5% ABV though, I’m pretty sure that’s a low reading)
Update 1 April 2011
After a day of being quiet – re-attached the blowoff tube last night. Woke up this morning to a hose full of new krausen. Golly.
Update 7 April 2011:
I moved it to the secondary today. Kinda flat. Hmmm.
Update 3 May 2011:
According to the Hopville’s Beer Calculus – I completely missed both Golden Strong & Biére de Garde. Not off by much on the Bier de Garde – and that’s what I’m really in the mood for any way right now.
Update 16 May 2011:
Final Gravity: 1.002
Tasting notes from bottling: medium body with a sugary grapefruit notes in the nose and aftertaste. I’ve also renamed this ‘GnomeMower’ since it’s so far form a Golden Strong.
Update 23 May 2011: Fantastic. The carbonation gives it a perfect head – and it lasts for the entire pint. The grapefruity-ness has subsided considerably and the body is much more forward. There’s a little off-sweetness on the nose but the finish is clean. Turned out to be quite the nice beer.