Hey guys! This post is coming to you from Jonathan and Jessie’s roommate, Andrew. I will be helping keep you up to date with all that’s going on with Euphoric Junket. From creating new scents of our candles, to filling you in on what’s growing in our garden, I’ll be here documenting and sharing all of our own "euphoric junkets"!
From left to right: Myself (Andrew), Jon, and Jess at Shambala Mountain Center.
Where the "magic happens".
Today, Jon and I ventured off to the local homebrew shop to pick up some last minute ingredients for our homebrew. Jon finalized the recipe, a New England style IPA, similar to the “Milkshake” variant that a lot of East Coast breweries have been utilizing. This style of beer has been increasing in popularity, as breweries from not only Chicago, but also the West Coast have “hopped” on this trend (pun intended).
El Dorado and Azacca hop pellets, the two juicy stars of this beer.
As quoted from Aaron Goldfarb of punchdrink.com, “It’s not just some clever name. These are hoppy beers, usually IPAs, with lactose sugar added to them in order to help produce a thick, milky, sweet and often fruity beer that, well, somewhat resembles a classic milkshake.”
Jon’s recipe isn’t much different; Two row pale malt and flaked oats make up a sizable portion of the grist, helping add haziness and a rounder mouth feel to the beer. In order to take full advantage of apple’s naturally occurring pectin, we added a full pound of Pink Ladies to the mash. This also helped add a subtle sweetness that complements the lactose sugar perfectly, as well as creating a gelling effect amongst the other ingredients.
The wort, comprised of two row pale malt, flaked oats, white wheat, honey malt, and apples!
Jon stirring up the mash.
Jon in the middle of Vorlauf, which clarifies the wort that’s being pulled from the mash tun.
The kettle hard at work.
Transferring from the mash tun.
El Dorado and Azacca hop pellets prior to being added at whirlpool.
It may seem somewhat surprising, but creating our craft candles from scratch isn’t all that different from brewing a tasty beer. The room is full of delicious aromas, the process involves much attention, and the end result is a product you can thoroughly enjoy!
What are you guys brewing this week? Enjoying a tasty beer yourself? Let us know in the comments or on social media! Cheers!