Originally Posted by gxm
I pitched the NoChill Ale tonight with rehydrated US-05. The gravity was little lower at 1.046, so I must not have split up the sugars as well as I'd thought.
I'll post my initial tastings when I keg these in a couple of weeks.
I kegged these two last night. Both still have a slight "young" aroma, which usually goes away after about a month.
The flavor of each beer is very similar. If anything, the no-chill beer has a fuller hop flavor, but I could be making that up too. If it exists, it is very subtle.
SWMBO could not tell the young, uncarbed samples apart, and she has a pretty good palate. In general she tells me when a beer is ready, since I'll overlook minor flaws, and she says "Bleh, not ready yet".
So far, the chill/no-chill experiment seems to be pointing to "different process", and not "flawed beer". Since I brewed these two, 3 of my last 4 have been no chill. I really like the easy brew day, and I'm saving about 50 gallons of cooling water for the 10 gallon batches.
It'll be another few weeks before these get carbed and served side by side from the kegerator.