Today I decided to take a bit of a break from brewery building and brew a beer. A hard decision, but we are at a part of the construction that is particularly difficult. That, coupled with the fact that I had some help lined up for Thursday, made staying inside and brewing a less guilt-bearing choice. Besides, I did not spend the whole day inside, I took Banana for two walks. The woods are getting very thick!
For this brew I decided to experiment. I guess that it could be said that, like a true artist, I experiment with every brew. This time, though, I decided to be a bit more controlled. I duplicated the original recipe for New England Cream Lager but substituted Chinook hops for the original. I have never used Chinook but, after doing some research, decided to give them a try. By making the hops the only thing I changed between the two recipes, I should get a pretty good idea of what type of flavor Chinook hops provide, at least in a lager.
I had always considered Chinook hops a hop for the heavy "double IPAs". I do not know where I acquired that prejudice, but, perhaps, it is the impetus for me using it in a lager. Maybe it was just my recent hop research. Either way the deed is done and the results we be reported here, Dear Reader.