Look who already has some hops coming up.
There’s a dogfish in these waters.
Yesterday I made a one of a kind “garbage” beer. The home brew shop I work for regularly has customers that over fill the mill and end up dumping crushed grain on the ground. In the 10 years the place has been open, no one ever thought of catching that grain and turning it into a mystery beer. I added a catch bin, and after a month, we had 12 lb of mystery grain to make a batch with.
Not knowing what grains are in the malt bill, I decided to take a chance and try to make it into a Belgian IPA. I used a Belgian Abby yeast, then hopped it with 6 types of hop in the boil and will dry hop with an additional 2 types of hop. All of the hops are also leftovers from batches I have made in the last few months.
During the mash, it was clear that there was plenty of chocolate and roasted grains in the mix because the wort came out black as night.
In hind sight, I probably should have steered it toward a stout in terms of yeast and hops, but I just finished a keg of Chocolate Milk Stout and was ready for something else to be in there.
Lets hope it turns out alright. If not, all it cost me was a pack of yeast and some rice hulls.