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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Randall brings out the mad food scientist in the TJ's kitchen

Jeff Miller has a new toy at TJ's in Paoli. He went and bought an organoleptic hop transducer module.....you know, a Randall. Right? You do know, right? If not, hop over here and get some of the back story. Last night, after a few days of trial runs (hard work, if you can get it!) Jeff and company settled on the Chateau Jiahu run through a Randall full of Chinese 5 Spice blend. The Jiahu already has a lot of interesting flavors pulsing through it; now, imagine this beer going through a mixture of Schezuan Peppercorns, Star Anise, Fennel Seed, Cinnamon Stick, and Cloves. Interesting to be sure. The curious-seekers were out Friday night at TJs to see what the fuss was all about. In the future, Jeff says that he's not restrained as to what beer brands he can pour through the Randall or which added ingredients can be added. The only restriction is that the ingredients just can't be too fine or they will clog the Randall's flow. So, while he could let his creative kitchen mind run wild with ideas, the next couple that he has in the hopper (or, Randall) are Bell's Two Hearted through whole Centennial hops, Bell's Double Cream Stout with Cocoa Nibs & Vanilla Beans for a "Chocolate Milk Stout", and for their anniversary event on 12/4 Tröegs Mad Elf pushed through Brandied Cherries. This should be fun as only Dogfish can do it.

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