Monday, December 16, 2013
Didn't make it out to Hawksbill Cabin this weekend, so I took care of a few errands instead. One of the errands was to brew another batch of Porter - I have one of the honey porter batches in bottles now, and now I have one in primary fermentation. I even sprung for some label paper and did a little extra with the first batch.
This second batch ends up being something of an experiment. It's a kit from Brewer's Best, as opposed to the Northern Brewer kits I have been using. The new kit was originally for a pumpkin porter batch, but the fall got away from me before I could brew it, and so I substituted honey for the little spice pack that was provided.
I contributed three bottles of the old batch to an auction for Wounded Warriors at the office - our group raised $2,800 in this event. It was really nice to have an opportunity to be part of that.
In a couple of weeks, I'll have a few bottles of both batches that I can break out and taste test against each other. This will mainly be about comparing the hops styles, since they had different bittering and aroma varieties added. Also, the first batch includes Minnesota clover honey, while the second is a mountain wildflower variety from the Shenandoah Valley - if I'd had enough at the time, both would have used a local product.
So the brewing adventure continues.