Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Braggot - AKA Honey Ale

This is a picture of my Braggot

Braggot is the technical term for a half beer half mead.  The brew date was 06/25/11 and it was kegged on 07/29/11.  It was first tapped a couple of weeks ago.  The ingredients are as follows:

  • 5lbs - Domestic 2-row
  • 3lbs - Honey
  • 8oz - CaraPils/Dextrine 
  • 1oz - Glacier hops (60 min)
  • 1oz - Vanguard hops (flameout)
  • Wyeast 1056 - American Ale Yeast
I mashed in at 152F and batch sparged.  OG was 1.046 and FG was 1.000 giving me a 6.0% ABV beer.  Primary fermentation was at 62F for  three weeks.

This is a very light, easy to drink beer.  If I try this again, I think I will throw in some honey malt because there is almost no honey flavor to this.

My next two beers are already in the pipeline.  I have an American Pale Ale that is currently being dry hopped and will be kegged this weekend.  I also have a Scottish 70/- that is in the primary fermenter.  I'll probably move it to the secondary this weekend.  I've brewed the Scottish Ale before as an extract beer, but this one is all grain.  I'm adding a little twist this time though as I'm going to soak some oak chips in Scotch and will throw the whole mixture in the secondary.