Fruitful Life Series

Country Girl Kabocha Ale

This rustic taste of fall combines an elegantly nuanced sweetness with a refined and earthy complexity of flavor.

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 6.5%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 14.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 3.0
Bitterness Units (IBU) 25
Color (SRM) 14
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Country Girl Kabocha Ale

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This rustic taste of fall combines an elegantly nuanced sweetness with a refined and earthy complexity of flavor.

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 6.5%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 14.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 3.0
Bitterness Units (IBU) 25
Color (SRM) 14
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The Label Speaks

Bryan’s mother, Sally Eshelman, grew up in pumpkin country in central Ohio. She is depicted here in a pumpkin patch at harvest time in the full bloom of her youth. The kanji characters (気品 – kihin) stand for grace, refinement and dignity. She was a graceful, refined and dignified Country Girl. She is deeply missed.

The Label Speaks

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Bryan’s mother, Sally Eshelman, grew up in pumpkin country in central Ohio. She is depicted here in a pumpkin patch at harvest time in the full bloom of her youth. The kanji characters (気品 – kihin) stand for grace, refinement and dignity. She was a graceful, refined and dignified Country Girl. She is deeply missed.

Bryan's Comment

The inspiration for Country Girl was my urbane yet wonderfully country-spirited mother, Sally Eshelman Baird. Fall was her favorite season and it’s the time of year when my memories of her are most poignant.

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Maris Otter, Vienna, Rye, Carmel, Chocolate
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar Japanese Korizato (Rock Candy)
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Scottish Ale Strain
Other Local Kabocha (pumpkin-like squash)

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin-like squash the taste of which is elegantly, but not overwhelmingly, sweet. We first cook the kabocha in order to gelatinize it; then we add it to our grain mash where the enzymes from the malt help to further break it down into simple fermentable sugars. Floor-malted Maris Otter combined with several varieties of more highly kilned malt produce a hearty wort that when married to the kabocha yields a flavor partnership of great depth and balance. After fermentation, re-fermentation and conditioning, the result is an earthy, rustic beer that manages to deliver an extraordinarily sophisticated yet subtle complexity of flavor. It is, to many resident Japan beer enthusiasts, the flavor of fall!

Bryan's Comment

“The inspiration for Country Girl was my urbane yet wonderfully country-spirited mother, Sally Eshelman Baird. Fall was her favorite season and it’s the time of year when my memories of her are most poignant.”

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Maris Otter, Vienna, Rye, Carmel, Chocolate
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar Japanese Korizato (Rock Candy)
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Scottish Ale Strain
Other Local Kabocha (pumpkin-like squash)

 

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin-like squash the taste of which is elegantly, but not overwhelmingly, sweet. We first cook the kabocha in order to gelatinize it; then we add it to our grain mash where the enzymes from the malt help to further break it down into simple fermentable sugars. Floor-malted Maris Otter combined with several varieties of more highly kilned malt produce a hearty wort that when married to the kabocha yields a flavor partnership of great depth and balance. After fermentation, re-fermentation and conditioning, the result is an earthy, rustic beer that manages to deliver an extraordinarily sophisticated yet subtle complexity of flavor. It is, to many resident Japan beer enthusiasts, the flavor of fall!


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