Finest Round Horny Goat Maibock

The Finest Round range of beer kits are made and distributed by ESBrewing, and have achieved quite a following in the homebrew community. This Horny Goat Maibock now joins an ever expanding range.

As with the others; making it is dead easy. Pour in the kit, add water to make up 22L, add the yeast (Saflager S23) and the finishing hops (Hallertau). Then sit back and watch it ferment.

Made up to 15L, we achieved a starting gravity of 1.074, and 1.0128 when fermentation was complete giving us a 7.5% alc beer after priming.

The malt profile in this Maibock is quite prominent, meshes well with the high alcohol and is topped off with quite a big body. The Hallertau finishing hops are hard to pick up, with just a hint of aromatics coming through.

I would match this beer with a curry or most strong Indian dishes as the malt and alcohol can stand up to the flavours

Colour – a deep amber and crystal clear. Well done ESB.

Now to the nitty-gritty:

Time – 10 min to sterilise the fermenter and tools, 10 min to make up the batch and 5 min to clean up. Priming and bottling took 30 min and clean up took 15 min.

Total Time – 70 min plus 27 days fermenting, and 6 weeks conditioning.

Cost –

kit $34 (includes the Saflager S23 yeast and a 12gm packet of Hallertau finishing hops) Bottles $23 (you need 23 650ml bottles) Total Cost $57

Steve Kirby [mailto:slk@unwired.com.au]