Juniper Braggot Recipe
I made a juniper braggot back in August that I just bottled recently. It turned out to be fantastic: dark, rich, spicy, and astringent from the juniper. I saw someone comment in another thread that there aren't a huge number of braggot recipes here, so I figured I'd post this one:
12oz extra light DME
1oz carafa II
.15oz cascade @ 30min
12oz honey @ flameout
wyeast 3711 french saison yeast
est og 1.059
est fg 1.011
est IBU 13
est srm 14.6
Secondary on 1oz dried juniper berries 9/8/11.
Bottled w/.44oz cane sugar for ~ 2 units CO2 11/9/11.
I had about 6oz or so left over after bottling, so I sampled it. The carafa adds smoothness to the juniper and prevents it from being overwhelming; the french saison yeast adds a spicy and citrusy background to the carafa and juniper. My wife's first comment was "Wow, this is a special-occasion beer..."
I'll definitely be making a full 5gal batch of this stuff.
Fermenting - Blueberry Vanilla Mead, Dry Stout (WLP670), Mesquite Honey Mead
Bottled - Brett B Red Wine, Dandelion Honey Braggot, Dandelion Honey Mead, Dragon's Milk Clone, JAOM, Mixed Berry Mead, SMaSH Lager, Strawberry Wine (2013), Vanilla Wine, White Grape Juice Wine