I was thinking about it last night, and realized that I never posted the Brew Day Blog from our most recent beer, and this is gonna be a cool one! Back in the spring I thought “I wonder what kind of yeast lives on bluebonnets?” How much more Texas, and how much more San Antonio could a beer be than one fermented with bluebonnet yeast? So I tossed some bluebonnets that were growing in my neighborhood in some unfermented wort and let it sit for a few months. I saw some bubbles in the first few days so I knew we had something on there… not sure if it was something good or bad, but we had something.
I ramped that up with a yeast starter and made a quick 1 gallon very simple pale ale. And it was tasty. It’s most definitely a strain of Brett, but I’m pretty sure it’s not Brett B or Brett C. Once we had proof of concept, we decided to go with an all-Brett (all-bluebonnet) IPA. Since hops are Humulus lupulus and bluebonnets are Lupinus texensis, we decided that our bluebonnet IPA would be Lupulus Texensis. Now, because this was already a week ago, I was able to get a taste on Sunday when I was checking the gravity (looks like LT is coming in around 6.75%) I am excited to say that it’s even better than I hoped. It’s sweet up front, with a soft bitterness, then a healthy – but not overwhelming – funk on the back end.
I am excited to have an IPA that is going to evolve. It’s being dry-hopped right now and should be pretty hoppy by the time it goes in the bottles. I expect that for the first few months it will be a nice, sweet, hoppy and somewhat funky beer. With some time on it I think we will see the hops fade, and the funk become more pronounced. It will be nice to have an IPA that will evolve with time and not have to be consumed as soon as possible… I wonder what LT will be like in a year? On a related note, I got a taste of #150 (it’s taking on beautiful flavors in the barrel) and #105 which was pretty damned good for an incredibly green barleywine. Things are looking good!
Brew Day Playlist:
That Handsome Devil: That Handsome Devil
Wick-It the Instigator: Grindhouse Basterds
The Pharcyde: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde
Dangerdoom: Occult Hymn
Aphex Twin: Come to Daddy