Big, bold, yet smooth, Grouchy Old Witch breaks several homebrewing rules, but the resulting beer is very delicious. With about 17 pounds of grain and about 5 ounces of delicious pacific northwest hops, this lady is smooth with a serious punch.
Spend any time in the homebrew world and you’ll eventually have someone tell you that there’s never a good reason to pitch a beer on top of an existing yeast cake. Well, whoops – that’s exactly what we did with Grouchy Old Witch. We tossed her right on top of the yeast cake that gave birth to the Grouchen IPA. She’s a big lady so we think she can handle it.
Next, we decided to age part of the batch on toasted moonshine-soaked apple and oak wood we got from the Belmont Farms Distillery in Virginia, but instead of using wood in the secondary like any sane person would – we pitched wort directly on top of wood and added yeast in a second primary batch.
After a leisurely fermentation, we boiled our wood aged portion to insure death to any wood-borne nasties, added primary sugar and mixed the two batches together and bottled them. The resulting beer is something I think is perfectly delicious.
- OG: 1.084
- FG: 1.010
- ABV: 10%
- IBU: 162.4 (I don’t believe this is accurate)
- SRM: 10.4 (I also think this measurement is off)
- 93.5% UK Marris Otter
- 3.5% German Rye Malt
- 2.9% US 120L Caramel Malt
- US CTZ Hops
- US Cascade Hops
- US Citra Hops
- Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast cake (left over from Grouchen IPA batch)
- Partially aged on moonshine soaked toasted apple and oak wood chunks