Experimentation with Steeping Speciality Grains, Hops
Hello again everyone!
So, I only have my first batch primary in for a few days and I am already thinking of next batches!
After I get my brewing technique routine down and can brew a consistant quality beer, I'd like to experiment with different specialty grains and hops, to detect flavor and aroma differences when I change the variables slightly.
As I am right now brewing with malt extract (I used Northwestern Extract for my first batch), can anyone recommend a beer style / malt extract type that I can use that will allow these taste differences to be truly noticible?
Or should I get small quantities of different speciaity grains and hops and make a 'tea liquor' out of them to see differences? (I'd hate to let those ingrediants go to waste on something non-beer though?)
Or does anyone else have any ideas so that I can experience these flavor differences myself?
Thanks in advance!
6.5 gal Glass Primary: Air, waiting to be thoroughly cleaned
5.0 gal Glass Secondary 1: Air, waiting to be thoroughly cleaned
5.0 gal Glass Secondary 2: Air, cleaned
5.0 gal Glass Secondary 3: Air, cleaned
On Deck: Fat Tire Clone
Bottled, waiting: Nada
Bottled, ready: Black Forest Stout, Vanilla Porter