We’re a little concerned with the WakaPils. Couple of reasons. The smell coming out of her when bottling wasn’t all that flash, really can’t explain it. Tasted fine, might’ve been the dry hop we threw in there, or maybe it was that particular fermentation bucket had the Southern Star in it (bugs), or maybe we had a FUBAR moment on brew day for the ‘wakaPils?
The fermentation bucket we had the Styrian Pale Ale in was the one we actually needed for the Pilsner. So while we were chilling the WakaPils, it was a mad rush to siphon the Pale Ale out into the 3rd fermentation bucket wash and sanitize the 2nd fermentation bucket ready for the cooled Pils.
It’s beer, its now sitting in bottles awaiting carbonation before the lagering begins. So, we will have a taste before it lagers down, hopefully its ok.
So lesson learned from this? Make sure we have the right fermentation buckets for the right beers, more importantly, if we do a double batch again make sure its in the SAME style of fermentation buckets so they fit together in the fermentation fridge!
On a more happier (or is that hoppier) note, the Styrian Pale Ale is carbed and tasting pretty good if we do say so. Even Mrs ManawaBrew liked it! The nose, well, considering how much hops went into it, is pretty non existent. The taste is fresh but there is a slight hint of spice with some lime peel and maybe even some bitterness from the pith of a lime in there. Quite an interesting beer. Very quaffable for 5%. We’ll let it sit in the fridge for a couple of weeks to mellow out and then we’ll be all about it!
Next planned brew is a rebrew, with some adjustments, of our WCIPA on National Crate Day. We’re planning a BrewBQ the same day. Get some people over for brew day, we’ll have a smoker doing it’s thing to some meat and maybe we’ll squeeze in a second brew, another SMaSH with Simcoe, we’ll see how we go.
Have you got plans for National Crate Day? If so what are they?
Cheers and happy brewing!