I need some help deciding the category to enter this beer into the Brewers Cup.
My original goal was to brew something close to GLBC Edmund Fitzgerald. I had some issues with my mashtun and i ended up only getting about 60% efficiency on this. My IBU’s according to beersmith should have been MUCH higher than my perception of the bitterness by taste. Not sure if it was a measurement error or just really crappy hop utilization for one reason or another.
I tasted it side by side with Eddy Fitz (EF) and here is how it compared:
Bitterness of my beer was about half of EF. I would estimate IBU in the mid 20’s. Gives it a slight sweetness due to the lower BU:GU ratio. Malt flavor shows up a bit and has a nice roasty/chocolatey flavor to it. Very smooth drinking and not overly complex. Carbonation was pretty close to the same as EF but the mouthfeel was very thin. Not quite “watery” but definitely not what you’d expect from a robust porter. Despite the hint of sweetness there is quite a dry finish. Color was quite a bit darker than EF and almost completely opaque.
Here is the recipe:
10lbs Pale 2 row
1.25 lbs C80
10oz English Chocolate
10oz English roasted barley
0.75 oz Magnum (60 min)
1 oz Cascade (15 min)
1 oz Willamette (15 min)
mashed at 154 for 60 minutes.
fermented with WLP007 at 66*. raised the temp on the 3rd day to 69* to finish it out.
I was thinking that this would probably do better in the comp as a dry irish stout. Just looking for other peoples opinions on this.