Random Brew is a Blackberry Ale, and what next?

March 10, 2009

Back on, wow, February 5th I brewed a random batch of generic beer. Since then it’s been sitting in the fermenter, racked down once to a secondary. Last night it made its way into bottles.

Original gravity was an average 1.054, and the final reading was 1.012, putting this beer at about 5.7% ABV. Average through and through.

I decided to use the remaining 2 oz. of my blackberry extract as I racked into the bottling bucket. This gave it just enough blackberry flavor and aroma to mask this beer’s averageness.

The beer itself is a rather hazy light tan color. Hops and malts are fairly subdued, and now with the blackberry in it I can’t distinguish any real notes of character. I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks before anything is likely to shake out. That won’t stop me from a “test beer” now and then. You know, to check for carbonation, funky flavors, proof of alien life, and the answers to all of my problems.

Of note, we ran out of priming sugar, so we had to supplement the 1/4 cup of corn sugar with a 1/4 cup of table sugar. I’m hoping this will be ok. Angelos and I both Googled for an answer and came up somewhat mixed but leaning toward “it’ll be fine”.

I’m soliciting ideas for what to brew next. If I can get all the ingredients for a sorghum beer I’ll likely try that, though I’d like some backup plans. Ideas?