Bottling: Opus 9, Gene Autry Christmas Ale

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Bottling Notes, Recipes

After 3 weeks of fermentation and a 9 day dry hop, the Gene Autry Ale is in the bottle. The FG is reading 1.014, well within Qbrew’s range. I ended up dryhopping with .5 oz of orange peel, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 full nutmeg, .5 oz of Chinook hops, and .2 oz of Cascade. A slight change in the process, I used a sanitized stainless steel spoon as my weight in the paint bag this time.

Initial QC sample (from the hydrometer) gives a lot of orange flavor. Not as much hop aroma as I hoped, but I think (read: hope) it will balance out in the bottle. I plan on letting this sit and warm condition for a while, doing a quality sample at Thanksgiving, and  reserving most of these through the Christmas season. Maybe I’ll even wrap them up and put some under the tree, if only to avoid opening them sooner!

Remembering that this is the first time I “overfilled” the LBK to the bottom of the Quart mark, I still ended up with ?22 bottles. There was a lot of trub at the bottom of the LBK, so I didn’t push it.

It does seem a bit like Home Depot to be thinking about Christmas now, but that’s what’s required. Now to be patient…

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