This week I am creating Imperial Rauch Tripel
I am very conscious that I have failed to accord the very important word imperial its necessary respect on my blog of late. This beer is imperial in the truest sense because it is brewed as a tribute to an emperor. Haile Selassie I was the emperor of Ethiopia and the messiah of the Rastafari. The smoke used to rauch the grains is generated in a way which is in accordance with the practices of the Rastafari and hence a befitting the Lion of Judah. The exact herb favoured by the Rastafari will not be used as a police raid would be an unwelcome addition to my current working life. Instead I will burn a close relative, readily available in breweries to make the smoke. Smoking my own malt is worryingly Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall as I have never cold-smoked grains before. Burning hops also feels a bit wrong but I will make sure that I torch an unfashionable variety. No Citra were harmed in the production of this beer.