I'm going to start a project that I hope our homebrewers will participate in.
I want to make a Wild beer. And I mean Wild in all senses of the word.
It has to be related to the Minnesota Wild, and it has to be wild in nature.
I'm open to suggestions, but I have a few initial thoughts:
The Wild colors: Forest Green, Iron Range Red, and Harvest Wheat. Obviously a beer can't be multiple colors at once, or I haven't seen one. But I'd like to incorporate those three things. The easiest way I can think is to make it a red beer, and incorporate wheat. Also, use a piney hop to call back to the pine forests of northern Minnesota. Also, hops are green.
I also think that to be truly wild, it has to use wild yeasts, so I think a Belgian Lambic blend of yeast is called for.
Here's the recipe I came up with. What do you think?
6 lb 2-row Pale Malt
4 lb Wheat Malt
2 lb Crystal Malt - 40L (for color)
8 oz Candi sugar, Amber (for color)
0.5 oz Cascade (5.5%AA) for 30 minutes (6.5 IBUs)
0.5 oz Cascade at flameout (0 IBUs)
Wyeast Belgian Lambic Blend
I'm open to criticism or suggestion, though I want to brew this summer so it's ready at the beginning of the 2017 season. (Sour beers take a LONG time).