I’m just about to sod off to the GABF for the rest of the week (times change, citizens) but before I go, a quick update on the last batch:
Last night the German IPA was racked out of primary and onto its dry hop charge of Polaris. I’m cautiously optimistic: the onion/garlic/asafetida/fenugreek aspect has retreated drastically, leaving a sweet, pungent herbal flavor (I’m thinking thyme, oregano, maybe even lavender) out front. For me, the menthol/mint/ice candy notes of Polaris are mostly borne out in the nose.
Meanwhile, 1217 seems to be delivering in its inaugural run at my house: at the projected TG within 5 days of pitching, no diacetyl, quite clean, and, as the crappy phone pic above hopefully indicates, also quite clear. The malt didn’t get lost, either – all that Pils malt at a 1.060-ish OG makes some Maibock peek out from underneath the hems of the hops.
We’ll give it some more time with the dry hops and check in again soon.