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Friday, 15 February 2013
Smoke Alarm! - Chipotle tinted dark ale
This was fun - pimping a cask beer into a smoky bottled beer - sweet!
Dark, treacly, rather recklessly strong hoppy ale, warmed with smoky pepper and chilli extracted with 18-year old Glenfiddich single malt whisky.
Concocted as a send-off tipple.
The source ale had previously been mad from a beer kit fortified with Muscavado sugar, black malt and Fuggles hops, added prior to fermentation. Later, this had then been dry-hopped -hooped with Fuggles hops and lagered for six weeks in the cold shed. This was re-invented with a smoky chilli vibe...
Fresh chilli and smoked paripka are standing in for chipotle here, so a bit of a cheat.
Once chopped, some rather extravagent 18 year old Glenfiddich single malt was added to extract the essential flavours...
A day later this was put through standard coffee filter paper to get rid of the bits and speckles...
It dripped out over an hour or so, then a drinking straw was used as a pipette to measure the same quantity of smoky chilli flavouring per bottle (there was a previous testing phase with glasses of beer at different ratios - dangerous!)
Eventually the bottles were topped up with the original ale and capped.
What it looks like. This is actually the ale prior to this process. Re-bottling a cask ale will reduce the head when poured out of the final bottle.