February 19, 2013 by fhsteinbart
We have had some new products come in to the shop over the last couple of weeks so I thought it would be a good idea to go over a few of the more interesting products we have added to our inventory.
First, we have replaced our previous cacao nib product with a new variety from Ecuador known as Camino Verde. These single source nibs have a very dark chocolate color with a very intense flavor and aroma. These will be fantastic when used as a “dry hop” addition in Porters and Stouts. They come packaged in 4 oz quantities in vacuum packed mylar bags to maintain freshness and are priced at $6.95 per package.
Next, in addition to the Planifolia Vanilla beans we have always carried, we have now added Tahitian Vanilla beans. Tahitian beans are generally shorter, plumper, and contain a much higher oil and water content than Bourbon (Planifolia) beans. The aroma is flowery, fruity and anisic with a smooth flavor. They are often described as smelling like licorice, cherries, or wine. We vacuum pack the beans three to a package and are priced at $6.95 per pack as well.
Also new to the shop are three new dry yeast strains from Danstar.
First up is the Cask and Bottle Conditioned Beer Yeast. This yeast has been selected for it’s ability to referment in beers of 12-14% alcohol. It’s a very neutral yeast that produces no flavors of it’s own and will settle into a tight mat in the bottom of the bottle at the end of refermentation.
Also new to the line up is American West Coast Yeast. This strain is from the Siebel Institute Culture Collection and is used by several breweries in the production of their ales. It produces a slightly estery to almost neutral aroma and may tend to slightly reduce hop bitterness levels.
Last but not least is the new Belle Saison strain of Belgian origin that can produce great Saison-style beers. Ester and phenol production during warmer fermentations yield fruity, spicy and peppery characteristics.
Hope everyone survied the Holidays and look forward to seeing you in the shop as brewing season ramps up!