|Nice color for the pH sample|
Tuesday: My group piled into a sprinter van and headed south and east of Munich. We were headed to Braukon. They make brewing systems and fermenters for smaller to mid-size facilities. We were supposed to be going there to brew on their 10 hl. show system but there was some sort of mix up in communication so we spent the majority of our time there watching the brewer make beer. The show system is fully automated. The brewer even explained how he can start the first batch from his Iphone at home and by the time he gets there in the morning that batch is in the fermeneter and the next batch is already boiling. They are making some pretty exciting beers at the facility. Since we weren't brewing and just kind of standing around they started handing us samples. I was especially excited about trying their Saison. It was the first Bavarian Saison I have ever has. Sadly it wasn't what I was hoping for . It was good it was just a little under attenuated and pretty boozy. They had an Imperial Stout that was a real treat. The other exciting beer was a zwickle sample of their IPA. We had a nice time there and they were very gracious hosts, even if we didn't get to brew.
Wednesday: We started out our day by transferring the IPA from the fermenter to a horizontal maturation tank. Normally you would want to let the beer ferment all the way before moving it but we had Thursday and Friday off from school because of a holiday so it needed to be done sooner rather than later. This was also the time we did our dry hopping with more Hallertau Mittelfruh and Citra hops. It went pretty smoothly and the smell coming out of the airlock was reminiscent of mango or passion fruit coming mostly from the Citra.
|Inside the maturation tank|
Thursday: We had Thursday off because of a holiday. There was a brewery I had heard about that I wanted to check out. The weather was awful so it seemed like a good day to go beer hunting. I met up with Robbie and Kyle and we took a train south to Isar Braeu. The attraction was that this an independent brewery which is very rare in Munich. The building is in an old train station and kind of out in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately they only brew weisse beer on site. Not that that is a bad thing, I was just hoping for some variety. We had some food and enjoyed a half liter of weisse beer. It was a good beer though with a nice tart finish.
Friday: Friday was another day off. I really didn't do too much except re-stock my Orval supply. I had been noticing that the one's I was buying earlier were pretty young bottles. They have a stronger dry hop aroma and taste and not that much Brett. At the one place that sells it in Munich I was able to find some older bottles in the back row. I can't wait to try them
Saturday: I was felling like I was getting sick so I just quarantined myself in my apartment and studied.
Sunday: A very similar day to Saturday, except in the evening I met up with some out of town friends who are here to do some filming, More on that later.