12 month Iraqi experiment - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > 12 month Iraqi experiment

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-25-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
llazy_llama
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 2,839
Liked 90 Times on 28 Posts



Sometime this summer, I'll be leaving for Iraq for 6 months or so. Not my choice, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Because of this, I figure I'll have a nice little experiment. I plan on brewing 6 different recipes, and brewing each of these twice. One of which I will drink, sample, and critique as soon as it's drinkable. The second batch will bulk age in secondary for nearly a year while I'm away. After speaking with Forrest at Austin Homebrew I have decided on the following 6 recipes. Disclaimer: I don't yet have the equipment for all grain, so all of these will be extract brews. When I get back, I should have funding enough to go AG as well as invest in a kegging system. All of the following brews will be straight from AHS, and brewed as per the instructions. The only modification I will make is 1 tsp of Irish Moss in the IPA and the Belgian. All brews will use the recommended White Labs yeast, and I will double up on the mead and barley wine.
  1. Sweet Traditional Mead (should be interesting, I've never tasted mead)
  2. American Barley wine (high expectations on this one aged!)
  3. Steamroller Stout (Forrest has a lot of pride in this particular recipe. He says that it will age extremely well, to the point of being almost two different beers)
  4. Robust Porter
  5. Devil's Brew Belgian Ale
  6. Double IPA

Feel free to post any questions, comments, concerns, or just a good old fashioned epileptic banana. I'll keep you updated.


__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Catt22 View Post
I would never use a dead mouse in my beer. It's much better to use live ones. You could probably just steep a dead one, but live ones must be mashed. Actually, smashed and mashed would be best.


 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
brrman
Recipes 
 
Oct 2006
Indianapolis, IN, Indiana
Posts: 1,691
Liked 97 Times on 74 Posts


Sounds like a great experiment. Good time to do some serious aging while you are away.


__________________
8-Paws Brewing Co.
Tap 1:.DFH Indian Brown Clone
Tap 2:.
Primary:.Nostromo Full Thruster Simcoe Pale (10g)
Primary:.Clayburn Cream Ale (10g)

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
caver95
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Fort Myers, Florida
Posts: 252
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Thank you for your service.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:30 PM   #4
Displaced MassHole
Recipes 
 
May 2008
San Diego
Posts: 1,134
Liked 10 Times on 8 Posts


Sounds like a great idea I whish I had done that prior to my two deployments over there.

I have a buddy that's gonna be heading to Iraq for a year and was planning on throwing him a going away/brewing party then saving the beer to have him tap it as soon as he gets back.

I think you'll have the best result on the aged mead and barleywine. Those are gonna be awesome when you get back.

Good luck over there and come home safe!
__________________
Worthless Brewing Co.
The name says it all

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:31 PM   #5
MBrusky
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
NC, VA
Posts: 119


Nice, hope it works and you get to enjoy every drop of it! Thanks
__________________
OK, this is cool?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:32 PM   #6
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Posts: 50,213
Liked 3332 Times on 3198 Posts


definitely thanks for the service!
And good thinking getting some agers going while you're gone.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:34 PM   #7
carnevoodoo
Recipes 
 
May 2007
San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,276
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts


I'm not a fan of aging IPAs. The best characteristics usually come from them being fresh. Sure, historically the higher alcohol and hops were included to help them on long trips, but these days, it seems like a waste of hops to me. Other than that, it sounds cool.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:34 PM   #8
xxdcmast
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Posts: 223

good luck man my buddys heading back over there soon too.

You should also add in a 5 gallon batch of Apfelwein and let it age for 6 months. I have heard that it gets real good with age.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:38 PM   #9
dagamore
Recipes 
 
Feb 2009
K-Town Germany
Posts: 164
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


I would add in a Ed Worts(sp?) apfelwein to that mix, other then that sounds like a great plan.

Hope you get back safe and sound. Remember incoming rounds have the right of way at all times. And its not so much the round with your name on it, its all the ones labled 'to any sender' that i would worry about.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2009, 05:47 PM   #10
Homercidal
Licensed Sensual Massage Therapist.
HBT_MODERATOR.png
 
Homercidal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Feb 2008
Reed City, MI
Posts: 30,320
Liked 4665 Times on 3142 Posts


Agree on the IPA probably not tasting as good by then as it would after only a few weeks, but I bet it's still pretty darn good. This is an excellent experiment and I hope you take careful notes about all. It could make for some very interesting reading.

Hey, I have an idea, why not send me a bottle or two of each and I can taste them for you in about 6 months time! That way you have even more data!



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
18 month old LME? Needsanamebrewery Extract Brewing 8 04-08-2012 02:30 PM
Need Some in a month Liquidicem All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 15 08-12-2009 04:10 PM
Month Long First-ary mongrell General Techniques 10 03-04-2008 02:44 PM


Forum Jump