Norwegian Fog

That’s a lot of hops!

Toady’s post is a recipe and tasting note for the a quickly brewed sour kveik. This is my take on the currently popular dry hopped sour “style”, but also draws from the other popular fads, hazy IPAs and kveik-fermented beers.

This beer is brewed with a mix of wheat, oats and pilsner malt, to create a foggy appearance. It is then quick-soured with probiotics, and fermented hot with Ebbegarden kveik to create some intense tropical flavours. To finish, the beer is dry hopped with 150 g (~5 oz) of tropical hops.

This is a fantastic summer beer. Crisp, refreshing and with a pronounced tropical flavour, but with a low bitterness that makes this an easily quaffable brew.


Recipe – Norwegian Fog

Specifications
Boil Size: 32.56 L
Post Boil Volume: 26.56 L
Batch Size (fermenter): 23.00 L   
Bottling Volume: 20.00 L
OG: 1.056 SG
FG: 1.009
ABV: 6.1%
Estimated Color: 3.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 0.0 IBUs
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients
Amt       Name                      %/IBU/Time
0.10 kg   Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM)      1.7 %
2.72 kg   Wheat Malt (2.0 SRM)     47.1 %
2.50 kg   Pilsner Malt (2.0 SRM)   43.3 %
0.45 kg   Malted Oats (1.0 SRM)     7.9 %
1.00 tsp  Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins)  
5 caps    Jamieson Women's Probiotic (L. acidophilus & L. plantarnum)
300 ml    Ebbegarden Kveik 
56 g      Mosaic [12.25 %]         Dry Hop 3.0 Days
28 g      Citra [12.00 %]          Dry Hop 3.0 Days  
56 g      Motueka [7.00 %]         Dry Hop 3.0 Days


Mash 
Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
  -Mashed in with 16L of water at 73C
  -Held at 64.4C for 75 min
  -Batch sparged with 24 L of water at 78C

Boil
   -Boiled for 60 min
   -Added Irish moss 10 min prior to end of boil
   -Chilled to 40C and transfered to a carboy

Souring
   -Added heat belts and temperature controller to the carboy
   -Wrapped in insulation, and set temperature to 37C
   -Added 5 capsules of probiotic pills and held at 37C for 28 hrs

Fermentation
   -After ~28 hrs of souring, fermenter temperature was
    decreased to 35C
   -300 ml starter of Ebbegarden Kveik was pitched
   -Fermentation was held at 35C for ~ 5 days

Dry Hop & Kegging
   -Carboy was cooled to celler temperature (~16 C)
   -Hops were added as a single addition
   -Headspace was purged with CO2
   -Dry hopped for 3 days, then transfered to a CO2 purged keg
   -Force carbonated, 35 PSI for 28 hours

Sour Kveik – Tasting Notes

Norwegian Fog Sour Kveik

Appearance: Golden and hazy AF. Much to my delight, it also has a course white head which sticks around for a while.

Aroma: Tropical fruit – mango and papaya mostly. Subtle lactic twang in the background.

Flavour: Hot diggity, this is a good beer. As with the aroma, flavours of mango and papaya dominate. Beneath this are flavours of citrus and a subtle resinous note. Al of the hop flavour is overlaid on a modest lactic bitterness and a breaddy malt character.

Mouthfeel: The beer is dry and crisp, but with enough mouthfeel to avoid feeling thin. This beer is very thirst quenching, and finishes with a lingering tropical fruit note.

Overall: This is a damned good beer, and one which I plan on brewing again soon…with one minor tweak to amp-up the fruit character.

9 thoughts on “Norwegian Fog

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  • May 16, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Sounds delicious, and one that I’d love to brew myself. You mentioned at the end that you would make a tweak to amp-up the fruit character. What tweak would that be?

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    • May 24, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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      Its a “secret”…the only clue I’ll offer is that I missed out on one current fad in this beer, and I’m going to incorporate that next go-around.

      Check back in mid-July for the answer!

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        • May 24, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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          Go home, you’re drunk (by which I mean, f no)

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  • May 16, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    Do you typically sour to taste or to a specific pH or both? Also, did you acidify the wort with lactic acid before adding the bacteria? Sounds like a tasty beer!

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    • May 16, 2019 at 11:58 am
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      Normally I go by taste, as in my experience pH doesn’t accurately reflect the sensation you get. I’ve had beers both at a pH of 3.4; one which felt modestly acidic, the other which was merely tart. I think titratable acidity gives a more accurate indication of what the beer will feel like on the palate, but I’m not set up for that.

      In the case of this beer, my yeast pitching schedule ended up being determined by an emergency trip to deal with a family emergency, but whether by luck or skill, 28 hours (plus continued acidification during the yeast ferment) ended up being perfect.

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  • May 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    I have doing a similar brew except with Skare yeast and Vic Secret instead of Motueka. I have also had great results and plan on brewing it for my clubs charity fundraiser.

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    • May 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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      I wanted to use vic secret in this beer – one of my favourite dryhoped sours made by a local brewery uses vic secret as the main hop, and I was trying to replicate that beer as well as I could. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the hop in any brewshop that would ship to me at an affordable rate.

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