July 31, 2007
In my brew history, there have been some good times. Particularly recently, with a trophy, a blue ribbon, and the potential for some mini-fame with the Sam Adams thing.
But it’s not all trophies and blue ribbons. Occasionally there are failures. The Agave Wheat is one of them. I’m finally done with the keg, though, so I can officially call it a failure. It’s not that the beer was poorly made; it was brewed properly. It was just a bad recipe. The Agave syrup was more flavorful than I expected, and took over the mild flavors of a wheat recipe I started with. It was bearable if I could squeeze a wedge of lime in there, but even with the lime not something I would call “good”.
I haven’t given up on the agave idea, but I learned that it’s far too strong of a flavor for the recipe I started with. I’m trying to think of a potential recipe to use it, perhaps a wheat beer with fruit to balance the agave. The wife even suggested a hard lemonade with agave, which might just be perfect.
As I’ve said before, any experience is useful if something is learned from it. This is one of those “what not to do” experiments, but at the same time it game me ideas about what I can do with the agave, and if I choose to use it in another beer, I’ll know how to make good use of the flavor.
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