Here is the recipe for the Honey-Basil Ale offered last week at the Blind Bat Beer Dinner at Luce & Hawkins. I only brewed five gallons as a test batch, but it proved more than good enough to serve. I’ll increase the ratio of basil in future batches, and will also play with different types of basil as they become available through the season. The local honey I used (from High Meadow Farm in Huntington) happened to be an Autumn honey, as that is what was available at the time.
Honey-Basil Ale (all grain, five-gallons)
3.0 lbs. English Pale Ale Malt 0.5 lb. Carmel Pils Malt 0.5 lb. Wheat Malt 1 lb. 40º L Crystal Malt 2 lbs. Light Munich Malt
Mash @ 152ºF for 60 minutes
Boil for 75 minutes, adding 3 lbs. Honey at 75 minutes 48 grams Fuggle at 75 minutes 24 grams Fuggle at last 15 minutes 21 grams fresh basil leaves (cut up) at last 15 minutes
Ferment at 68ºF with Nottingham (or other English Ale yeast)
Been away from the old Brewhouse Blog for awhile, been keeping busy at the smoker and in the brewhouse getting ready for Long Island Craft Beer Week.
On Monday, May 23rd, James Beard Award winning Chef Keith Luce will be preparing a three-course dinner pairing with five of my beers:
- Honey-Basil Ale - Vlad the Inhaler - Hell Gate Golden Ale - Hellsmoke Porter - Long Island Potato Stout
All but one of the above beers will also be on tap for Long Island Craft Beer Week at The Cortland in Bay Shore on Friday May 20th. The Honey-Basil Ale will only available at the beer dinner at Luce & Hawkins in Jamesport on Monday May 23rd (7 PM). Part of my farm-and-garden series of beers using local, seasonal ingredients. In this case, the honey is from Huntington's High Meadow Farm. Honey-gold in color, approach-ably tea-like and dry. Starts with a sweep of nectar with floral undertones, and finishes with some Fuggle hop bitterness. The basil lends some astringency. A very sessional 3.8% ABV. Seating is limited, a few tickets are left (going, going...). This is the first of a series of local wine/beer dinners being created by Lenn Thompson. For more information and ticket information see Lenn’s New York Cork Report or contact him at email@example.com