Friday, August 03, 2012

Randalling - does it work ?

Following from my previous post, it seemed churlish not to actually try the 'Randall' in action. I was informed there are only two in Britain at present so it was a chance too good to miss.

In the interests of scientific research, (believe that and you would believe anything!!) I settled myself with a standard key keg version of Magic Rock 'Cannonball' and alongside its 'randalled' soulmate, with additional Centennial hops. 

Admittedly my beer was the first one drawn, and maybe the device needed a little time to settle in, but I was only able to detect a mere hint of additional hopping, certainly not the massive hop hit I expected. Nevertheless it did change the character of the base beer a tad, making it a more rounded, and  less aggressive than the original. A fact I found a little surprising. 

Does it work ? With a key keg beer it is a way of adding an additional hop kick to a beer, similar to the cask version of dry hopping, and no doubt certain brewers will say this is worth the hassle and expense. At the moment I will reserve judgement, and may be try again today.    

Addendum - I did manage another 'Randalled' beer and this time the effect was quite remarkable, giving a massive hop hit. Admittedly the hops used were a mixture but the flavour was something I have rarely experienced in a beer with a combination of fruit flavours giving a taste of raspberry, strawberry and citrus. Maybe the system just took a little while to get sorted.   

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I tried the Cannonball a couple of hours later, and there was an astonishingly powerful taste of fresh centennial. It was an experience I won't forget in a hurry.

In the case of Brian's beer, Chameleon, the randalled versions were interesting, but the real winner was the cask version, dry hopped in the traditional manner with Chinook.

Thanks to the Grove for another imaginative and enjoyable evening.

Tim the younger