Saturday 8 December 2012

Test Brew Evaluations

I've been brewing brewing like a bit of a madman of late. Partly due to getting enough beer in stock for Christmas and partly due to a number of test brews I'm doing for a new venture that those of you who follow me on Twitter will be aware of. 

It's fair to say that the coffee stout and the Dark Mayhem have too much coffee/star anise in them so I'll re brew them over Christmas with about a quarter of the additional flavours. The star anise flavour in the Dark Mayhem seems to have intensified over time, perhaps as what little hop flavour has dissipated, giving it a medicinal quality and making it barely drinkable. 

The coffee stout had too much coffee flavour in it from day one and, although some of the drinkers at East Kent Amateur Brewers gave it the thumbs up, it is clearly too bonkers for mainstream appeal so I'm going to re-brew this with about 40% of the coffee.

On the other hand the toasted coconut porter has been a definite success and may well make it into production, even if only as a special. 

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