Ain’t No Dog Food – First Taste of My Flying Dog Clone

The start of something good

The start of something good

The beautiful thing about racking over a beer – you get your first taste of how it’s doing!

A few weeks ago I racked my Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale clone into my secondary. I gave it a little over a week in the primary. Fermentation had stopped a few days earlier, and this was the first chance I got to move it.

I have to say, I was a little worried about it. I had trouble getting the wort down to pitching temperature, and we had a few hot days that didn’t help either. Fermentation seemed to start fine, but the temperature was definitely a concern.

Getting the syphon going

Getting the siphon going

I siphoned of about a third of a pint glass into my trusty NJ Beer Co pint glass and planned on setting it aside until I had racked the whole primary over, but temptation got the best of me, and I couldn’t help myself.

My first impression just how much carbonation helps a beer. I didn’t smell much, and had to really get my nose into it to get it’s scent. I was greeted by subtle hops bitterness mixed with some banana-clove yeastiness. Malt was a bit harder to find, and the other flavors dominated.

Racking over!

Racking over!

I know the yeastiness will dissipate as the beer clarifies, and the carbonation will help the aroma and lighten up the bitterness. The Dry-hopping I have planned will definitely step up the aroma.

Overall, I’m pleased. This beer is right where I should be, and I just have to be patient to let it get to where it needs to go. Can’t wait for the next taste after the dry-hop!!

Into the secondary

Into the secondary

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2 thoughts on “Ain’t No Dog Food – First Taste of My Flying Dog Clone

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