I have been excited about this beer ever since I read an article about it in Brew Your Own magazine toward the end of last years hockey season. Something intrigued me about it from the very start. What couldn't be loved about a salty, sour, spicy beer, and whats more, it's name lent itself perfectly to somebody who's a Buffalo Sabres fan. The Gose is Loose was born.
The Gose is a northern German beer brewed in Leipzig. Just like most other beers, the location of the played a huge role in its development. The natural salinity in the water of this part of Germany gives the beer its distinct dry, salty taste, and the beer was originally spontaneously fermented giving it the sour flavor. Today these same qualities can be mimicked with sea salt and acidified malt. As for the corriander in the beer, who knows where that came from. I could go ahead and say that it was partially from being influenced by some Belgian beers, but I wouldn't know for sure.
This is going to be a long month before I am able to drink this beer, and even longer until hockey season starts...
And of course, I had to run out of airlocks and didn't realize it until it was too late:
Primary: The Gose is Loose, Harvest Ale, Wild Yeast Test Batch
Secondary: Wildflower Mead
Carbonating: Ginger Ale
Total for 2011: 78 Gallons