Saturday, January 01, 2011

C2 recipe specs ... not just yet, but very close to release.

All the way back in March, NABC's Jared Williamson reported on the second in a series of collaborations, one destined for a circuitous path from concept to palate:

Jared's C2 brew day report.

Now, as the release date draws near, Jared is back with more details.


C2: Smoked Belgian Dark Strong Ale

C2 is a malt-forward bomb of a beer, with the batch split into various wine casks for aging. Two of the wine casks are Missouri-built, and spent five years in Napa Valley aging Silver Oak Cabernet. The other two wine casks are Kentucky-built and have been at the Huber Winery in Southern Indiana aging various Ports for the last 12 years.

Once fresh fig season arrived in September 2010, a portion of figs were smoked and then the figs were split up and added to one of each of the two varietals of wine casks. The barrels have aged eight months total, and the batch will be blended back together in early January to age a short time together before being packaged for draft.

C2 will be released in mid-January or thereabouts. There are only 8 bbl of C2, so it will be an extremely limited release.

Malts: Castle Pale, Weyermann Rauch, Castle Biscuit, Briess Smoke, Castle Aromatic, Castle Special B

Adjuncts: Belgian dark candi sugar, Brewer’s Crystal, Molasses

Mash Hops: Mt Hood, Crystal

Kettle Hops: Magnum, Slovenian Celeia

O.G. 1097

ABV: 10.7%

IBU: 20

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