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Old 08-08-2014, 06:03 PM   #11
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Bottled Yesterday!

I am very happy with both brews. As my first all-grain, I'm finally happy that the color I had in my head came out in the beer.
Picked up some berries and peaches at the farmers' mkt yesterday to maybe fool around with some syrups for the berliner- though I like it just fine straight.

Saison ended up at 1.001
Berliner at 1.012

Can't wait to taste them with bubbles!

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Old 08-09-2014, 12:25 AM   #12
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Nice! I bottled mine up on Tuesday. It turned out plenty sour, that's for sure. My wife smelled the sample and said it smelled like lemonade to her. I pretty much made it because she liked a Berliner at a local brewery, so I'm glad she responded so well to it at this point.

I'm excited for the bubbles, too!

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Just cracked open the first bottle of my batch and it turned out absolutely beautifully!

A bright golden color with a little bit of haze, which I assume is from the wheat. The carbonation is just about perfect (3.3 oz. of table sugar for the ~4.5 gallon batch). The aroma is very tart with a hint of musty or cheesy notes that I think show off the authenticity of using a traditional method. The flavor is much cleaner than the aroma, with a nice fizzyness from the carbonation bringing the acidity of the beer to life. Absolutely no hint of mustyness or funkiness in the flavor. Just a wonderfully tart, light, and refreshing beer.

I made it for SWMBO, and she loves it. And we are going to take some to share with friends (and a fellow homebrewer) tomorrow night. We'll have a bottle of Framboise on hand to mix with the Berliner for those that want to sweeten it up a bit.

It is definitely more one-dimensional than other sour styles, but it packs a lot of flavor into a 3.3% ABV beer. This is definitely something I'll consider brewing again in the future.

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Primary/Secondary - Chris' Tall Ale (a Belgian golden ale that now has Brett added); Northern Brewer's Oud Bruin de Table / nada
Bottled - The Land of Pils and Honey, an imperial Saison with Clover Honey; a sour mashed Berliner Weisse; Cascade Pale Ale; Hop Wine - an Imperial India Pilsner Ale; Guajillo Ancho Brown Ale; Back To School Porter, an Imperial Robust Porter with vanilla beans added
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