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Birthday Cake Sweet Golden Ale with Lemongrass & Vanilla

Original Release Date: 2/22/2016

Format:  1/6 bbl keg

Availability: NC

ABV: 4.4%

IBU: 20

SRM: 4

Bitterness Ratio: 20:50 (0.400)


Grist: Maris Otter, Riverbend Pilsner, Flaked Barley, Acidulated Malt


Hops:  UK Goldings


Other:  Lactose, Lemongrass, Vanilla



Brewer's Notes: This beer came to me as an inspiration one night while I was driving home one night thinking about our upcoming birthday celebration, the need for a novella release in front of it, and the spare ingredients we had sitting in the brewery - namely leftover lemongrass.


It's not the type of beer that I usually make, but altogether I'm very happy that it came out to taste, well, just like lemon sponge cake with sugary sweet frosting.  It's very Funfetti.


The choice of ingredients here are really to support the whole idea:  lactose as an unfermentable sugar to lend sweetness, Tahoma hops because they have a lemony hop character, and Acidulated Malt to give that light extra tang to make the Lemongrass more complex and a little less Pledge-y.  The vanilla was dosed to taste at 100ml and then scaled up to the whole batch.

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