This really is going to be short. The remnants of my quick experiment just slid down my gullet. It wasn’t a bad experiment, just a quick response to a need—the need to improve the flavor of an old, slightly funky homebrew.
If you may recall, a few months ago I did a SMTHbeer. That is a single malt and two hop brew. Usually you do only one hop but I didn’t have enough Cascade hops so I through in just enough Centennial to up the Alphas. It turned out to be a weak beer but one I could readily understand. The hops were clear and the malt, though merely base, was discernible.
Fast forward to now. I have the remaining bottles and a sense that throwing it out is a sin simply because throwing stuff out is hard. And a bit of a waste. So how shall I fix this? Use a lovin’ spoon full of sugar— in the form of berry sauce. The sauce was made for a cheese cake and was simple: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and a sprinkling of sugar.
So I took a spoon full of that and added it to my pint glass before filling. The results can be seen below:
The aroma improved. The berries were nice with the tart and sweet. The flavor was only a bit different from the original though with the berries adding only a smidgen of cover to the old beer flowing from the bottle and glass.
Overall it was an experiment I will try again with another bottle, but with more berry sauce. The color was a fun side effect as well.