10 May 2006

Kentucky Common Batch #1 - Part 1

I just purchased the ingredients to brew a Kentucky Common beer. Here's the ingredient list for a 5 gallon batch:

1 lb flaked maize
1/2 lb flaked rye
1/2 lb carapils
2 oz chocolate malt
5 lbs dark liquid extract
1 oz tettang hops (4.5% AA) 60 minutes
1 oz Hallertau hops (4.5% AA) 30 minutes
1 oz (?) anise 30 minutes
White Labs Belgian Ale Yest

I also purchased two hop balls which can hold 1 oz of hop pellets. I'm hoping this will help reduce the amount of trub in my fermenters.

I will also use the Good Eats brewing method: cooling the wort with an 8 lb bag of ice. I am impressed with how quickly the temperature comes down on previous batches, and so far, I haven't had any off flavors.

I hope to brew on Saturday.

You will recall, of course, that Kentucky Common beer is America's only other native beer style, and probably developed alongside the whiskey distilleries in Kentucky.


posted by hiikeeba at 10:45


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. I've heard of Kentucky Common, but to my knowledge have never tasted one. Sounds interesting. I like sour beers. I've got a Belgian tooth. Maybe I'll try brewing one this summer.

I used to use whole hops and put them into socks. I'm back to using pellet hops again. I vigorously whirlpool in the kettle and then rack from the side and this minimizes the amount of hop leaves that get into the primary.

11:54 AM  

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