Posted Jan 15th 2012 | By:
So I'm writing this as my 2nd brewing session has reached the boiling phase... I was planning a Centennial blonde, but my LHBS didn't have Centennial hops in stock, so he gave some Chinook... A little worried about the change of hops, but we shall see. Like Charlie Papazian says "Relax, don't worry and have a homebrew". I'm doing a 11 gallon batch so I can split it in two. One will ferment as is, the other half will be receiving some raspberries in the second fermenter. Since my 1st batch isn't ready yet, I'm having a very similar beer, "La corne du Diable" or The Devil's Horn, by Dieu du Ciel, a craft brewery in Montreal. It's a good IPA, at least IMHO. Judging by the non conditioned taste, it should be fairly similar, though slightly more malty. That will mainly be due to my errors during my 1st brewing session (lack of trub seperation, undersparging, low volume preboil, no topping off the after boil, etc)... Still, loving the whole process until now!