This is the third edition of our Double IPA, that me, my father and Chrille brewed. You can find reviews on the other editions under the category Death By Hops. We plan to bring a keg or two to the Swedish Championship in Homemade Beer in Gothenburg.
We tried DBH2 and DBH3 together as a comparison. DBH2 was served from a glass bottle but DBH3 had been poured into a plastic bottle which isn’t ideal. It was also taken from the last couple of litres from the fermentation tun. In the above picture DBH2 is the glas on the left and DBH3 is the one on the right.
Chrille made the sticker for the beer and as you can see we have carried on our movie theme. The version you see above is actually not the one we are going to put on the bottles, but this version is more suitable for the blog. Also have a poster that we will bring to the festival.
Style: Double IPA
Cost: Homebrewed, ingredients cost around 13 sek per litre
It poured a very hazy orange-brown-red- liquid, with a small dirty white foam. It was hazier then DBH2 and the foam was dirtier.
A strong smell of fruity hops attacks the entire room as I poured the beer. Passion fruit, ripe fruit, grapefruit and apricots are noticable.
Strong taste as well and lots of fresh hops. Mostly grassy hops, but also grapefruit, passion fruit and some fruit candy. Very high and lasting bitterness. It had an odd aftertaste that I couldn’t put my finger on.
Medium smooth with a low carbonation and a thick body.
As you can see in the above picture DBH3 has a slightly darker colour then DBH2. You can also see that DBH2 has more carbonation and a bigger foam. The colour is most likely a result of what part of the batch it is, since I had a similar problem with some of my bottles of DBH2. The carbonation is a result of the bottling.
It was noticeable that DBH2 had lost allot of hop flavour, it had also made the alcohol allot more noticeable. The hops hid the alcohol fairly well when the beer was fresh. DBH3 had allot more aroma and flavour overall and was allot more aggressive. The taste of hops was so fresh it smelled like my hands after handling the 1,3 kg of hops we used in this brew.
As you can see I’m giving DBH3 lower scores then DBH2. But I think I know the cause of the problem which I explained above. We’ll see what the beer tastes like when it comes straight from the tap.
Last sunday I made some malt bread from the leftovers when we brewed Death By Hops 3. I used the same recipe as when I made this bread. with a couple of changes. I didn’t use any hazelnuts and I used honey instead of syrup, the same honey we used while brewing the honey porter. The recipe looked something like this:
During the weekend me, my father and Chrille meet up at Källarknut to brew another beer for the Swedish Championship in Homemade beer. We plan to participate with two different brews, a honey-porter and a DIPA named Death By Hops 3. We brewed the honey-porter during Christmas and on saturday we brewed DBH3.
We started out early and where at the brewery at 08:00. Well it felt very early due to spending all friday evening in the jacuzzi. So I was pretty tired and dried up when we started warming the water.
My father was brew-leader here you can see him and Chrille discussing the recipe.
When the water was warm we poured in the malt…
… and stired the thick mash to seperate lumps and push out the air.
We then circulated the beer to get the particles to rest on the top of the malt that creates a natural filter. Above you can see how we let the vort pour into a small container to then be pumped up and into the mash tun again.
Here you can see how the vort is being pumped back into the mash tun. The vort is being divided into four different streams through a cross section at the end of the pipe.
We then pumped the beer into the cooking barrel. In this picture you an see the vort coming in at the bottom of the barrel. The chain mail looking thing sticking out of the vort is a hop filter. The thing sticking in from the right is an electrical heating cartridge (in lack of a better word).
Ths is the hops we use while brewing the beer, you can see Amarillo, Chinook, Centenial and Simcoe in this picture. We also add some hops for dry hopping later on.
A huge amount of hops in this beer. Think we ended up using more then a kg of hops. The smell in the brewery was amazing.
Since my father was the brewleader he keept bossing me and Chrille around….
… and after a while I snapped
The beer is now fermenting nicely in the brewery and I can hardly wait to try it out when it is done.
On friday I had some Death By Hops and went to an In Flames concert. It was great, allot of metal for my money. There where some band playing when we got there and before In Flames came on we saw Dead By April and Killswitch Engage. Great performance once again by In Flames, saw them in Annexet last year and they where great then as well. Think they actually spent some more money on effects this time.
Since they only served undrinkable sludge at the concert I didn’t try any new and exciting beers this evening. But I did notice that the quality of DBH differs allot. A few bottles are a bit stale and lacks taste, these bottles have a fairly clear liquid and a smaller foam. While some have a bit to much with a very raw hops flavour, these bottles are almost brown with a thick hazy liquid. However most bottles are just right with a hazy orange liquid and a better balance on the hops. Since I haven’t noticed a similar problems from the kegs it feels like the problem arrise when we bottle the beer. Not sure what we could do better but I do know we fucked up a bit on the first couple of bottles. We filled them a bit to much causing an over-preasure and some beer got wasted as it exploded out of the bottle like a volcano. I wonder if it’s these bottles that lost flavour. Anybody have any experience of this?
Yesterday we had a christmas dinner and I took the opportunity to try some beer with the food, but more about that tomorrow.
When I got home to Frövi last friday I finally got to testing Death By Hops 2 – Return of the Hops. You can read more about the brewing of this beer here, I also have a review of the first version of this beer here. I had already sampled it at my brothers place, but it was a bit stale and had been lying in a plastic bottle for a couple of hours. So it was not time to re-test it properly.
Death By Hops 2 – Return of the Hops (draught) 9,6%
It poured a hazy dark golden-caramell liquid with a small white foam that left some lacing.
It had a strong smell of fruity hops and lots of it, also some grassy hops. Some noticable fruits where passion fruit, peaches and grapefruit. It wathered my mouth and it was hard to restrain from drinking it.
It had a very rich and deep flavour of frutity and grassy hops. Mostly fruity with passion fruit, peaches.Very smooth mouthfeel and a high bitterness. Low carbonation just as I like it. Only downside would be that it lacks some maltyness. But I really like beer like this, it’s hop jucie at it’s finest. Very intense and extreme, yet very drinkable and enjoyable.
I now have a couple of bottles at home and I’m willing to trade a few of them if someone is interested. Would be fun to hear what people think of this. Im interested in both homemade and imported beer.
As I mentioned in a previous post I went to SMÖF this weekend. I also managed to drag Nicklas along with me. We started the weekend by bottling Death By Hops 2 – Return of the Hops. Washing the bottles took some time. But once we got a routine for it we picked up speed and before we knew it we could start pouring the beer into bottles.
My father has constructed a device that makes it easy to bottle the beer. First you preassures the bottle with gas and then beer flows in from below as you release the gas from the top. As you see from the picture below there are three “slangar” coming in. One for gas, one for beer and one to release the preassure. I hope my father constructs something for washing the beer as well.
While we worked I took the opportunity to try some beer out. I tried DBH2 again and will post a review soon. It really is a great beer, Chrille has done a fantastic job with the recipe. I also tried some of the october beer news at Systembolaget. More about that in the next part…
On saturday it was time to brew the sequel to Death By Hops, a wonderfull double IPA that I reviewed here and gave the high score of 4,2/5. Chrille made the recipe for this new version and please correct me if I got this wrong. This new version has a different kind of malt, wiener malt (don’t remember the original), it also had some darker caramell malt and some wheat malt just as the original. He also made some changes to the hops, he added Simcoe instead of Target and I think there where some additional changes. I think I should have taken notes instead of relying on my poor memory.
Anyway, me, Per, Chrille, Åke and Peter the Chef met up to brew some beer and of course to drink some beer. I will get back to the drinking part in later posts.
Here are some pictures from the brewing: