My concept is that I miss Spring. It has be cold down here in Virginia, colder than is seasonable on many days this winter. While Virginia have not gotten as much snow as last year, there has been a lot of freezing rain. My mind is looking forward to warmer weather, green plants, and all the good things of Spring. The ingredients I drew inspired me to create a beer that will pull the drinker in this direction.
As a reminder, my randomly selected ingredients are:
- 7. Honey Malt
- 13. Orange Peel
19. Fruit Puree/Juice
Given the Spring concept, and the fact that this beer will be brewed more than once, I want the beer to be sessionable. This should translate in to a rough alcohol concentration around 4% ABV.
|Wheat Malt||55%||Light malt that can support the other Spring-inspired ingredients|
|Domestic 2-Row||28%||Contribute to the original gravity of the beer and provide diastatic power, but not create flavors that hide the wheat|
|Raw Wheat||5%||Provide some additional flavor complexity to the malted wheat|
|Munich Malt||5%||Add malt complexity, but used in an amount that does not push the beer into an English bready character|
|Honey Malt||5%||Contributes a light sweetness to the beer that will compliment the wheat and Munich|
|Acidulated Malt||~2%||Provide a slight tart flavor to reinforce a overall fresh taste|
|Fresh Orange Peel||A few oranges||Provide light citrus character to the beer to supplement the other Spring flavors|
To support the easy-drinking nature of the recipe, the recipe will have a relatively low bitterness (~ 20 - 25 IBU), with small amounts of late hopping to reinforce a citrus or floral character. The recipe will likely use a clean American ale yeast that stays out of the way of the other light Spring flavors, rather than a more flavor-forward German weizen or Belgian yeast strain.
I am looking forward to seeing how this concept becomes an actual recipe as the project moves forward. I am also interested in seeing what Jeff comes up with.
Recipe Formulation Project - Reference Guide
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