For the most part my curiosity is hard to keep in check. Once my beer gets bottled, it is hard for me not to think about what the final product is going to be like. From my first extract batch until now, I find it quite hard to wait even two weeks for the beers to get even a decent amount of bottle conditioning. The Bacon Maple Ale, now dubbed “The Balanced Breakfast Brew” was no different. Seven days. That’s as long as I could hold out. Boy, I must have a weak will.
The good thing happens to be that this beer – which I was sure was going to be a total train wreck – actually is tasting pretty darn good at this stage in its life. Continue reading
Bacon makes EVERYTHING taste better… I hope
The experiment that is bacon maple beer is a couple steps closer to hopefully turning out as such. Over the past few days I’ve added bacon and a bit of fenugreek to the beer in secondary. Tasting the beer two days after the bacon infusion I was unable to get any taste of bacon to come through yet. I’ll take a taste tomorrow and see if it is any stronger. The strong, roasty character of the beer is going to be hard to punch through. The fenugreek seeds I received smell pretty strongly of maple but also have a celery smell to them. I didn’t add much to the beer, but that too was not coming through the roastiness. More time is needed to find out just how freakishly this experiment is going to turn out. Continue reading