Troegs Scratch # 26 – Dumped !

26 January 2010

TroegsScratch It sounds like Scratch # 26 didn’t come out quite the way it was planned and instead of becoming a regular Scratch beer, much of it was dumped and the barrel-aged portion will become a super-rare low volume brew house beer some time in the future.

From John:

So the point of our Scratch Beer series is to experiment with new styles, techniques, and ingredients, throw some stuff against the wall and see what sticks. Sometimes the beers turn out just like we hoped, like Scratch #4, which became Flying Mouflan (don’t worry, it will be seen again, sometime after we brew a whole lot more Nugget Nectar this year…). And sometimes, as in the case of Scratch #26, it doesn’t quite come out the way we wanted.

As we detailed in an earlier post, we wanted to brew a very caramelized Wee Heavy through an ultra-long wort reduction and kettle boil. Unfortunately, the beer didn’t have the caramel character we wanted, and so we have decided to dump the non barrel-aged portion of the beer. Trust me, even though the brewing team tasted the beer and decided it wasn’t quite up to snuff, it still hurts to dump a pretty good, and quite warming, beer. I feel bad for the billions of yeast cells whose work is now for naught.

On the bright side, we will do something with the barrel-aged beer, which got the thumbs-up from the crew. The wood character is nice, and it is becoming nicely rounded. Tentatively we’ve decided on racking the couple of barrels we have of it and kegging it off for our tasting room. We’ll let you know more about the super-duper-exclusive Scratch #26 as it develops. Till next time.

9 comments (click to read or post):

Anonymous,  26 January, 2010 10:33  

You announced this even before Troegs! Sorry about Scratch 26 but good job mybeerbuzz.

Anonymous,  26 January, 2010 13:16  

Figures, the one time Troegs brews something that (presumably) isn't a hops blast, it doesnt get released!

oh well, back to overhopping...

mybeerbuzz 26 January, 2010 14:42  

Tough assessment Anon. I guess I'd disagree that everything they produce is a hop bomb (not that there's anything wrong with hop bombs) and I'd have to give them props for not being happy with it and not releasing it. Don'tt forget brewing is an art and not completely a acience. Scan back thru the Scratch series and you'll find MANY non Hop-Blasts.

Anonymous,  26 January, 2010 16:15  

Right, I was exaggerating a bit but I do try most of Troegs beers and most of their releases are heavy on the hops-- even the porter, a style which doesnt really lend itself to overhopping. Only the rarely seen brown ale is hopped to style, imo. I would like to see more releases for those of us that enjoy a malty brew or more balance.

But then again it's no secret that troegs beers tend towards the hop end of the scale. John is an avowed hop-head.

mybeerbuzz 26 January, 2010 16:18  

Yea I can agree with that Anon. I used to really enjoy their Oatmeal Stout and the coffee imperial stout Scratch was yummy too. Of course Troegenator is about as malty as they typically get, but a good scotch/wee heavy would have been interesting. Guess we'll see.

tazio 26 January, 2010 17:23  

Troegenator isn't a hop blast! imho

mybeerbuzz 26 January, 2010 18:03  

Yep taz...probably the malty-est non Scratch beer they've made recently.

Josh 27 January, 2010 20:17  

Troegs doesn't even produce an IPA. Of all the breweries out there how can you accuse them of being hop-centric? That's a ridiculous assessment. Way to hide behind the anon to make it.

mybeerbuzz 27 January, 2010 20:42  

There's been lots of chatter about Troegs actually producing an IPA...but so far i think that's all it is...chatter.

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