Friday, May 16, 2014

Beer 6 - Dotybrew ESB Rebrewed

My family was all in town last month and we decided to hold our own personal beer fest. We stocked up on beers from around the world and had a tasting. Since Dotybrew ESB went over so well last time, I decided to make it again for the beer fest.

Once again, everyone loved it. It wasn't as good as last time though in my opinion. This time the fermentation got stuck at 1.020 so the beer ended up a bit sweeter than last time. Getting stuck at 1.020 is the curse of using extracts and I think I finally found out why. Pouring in the extract too quickly without turning off the burner causes some of it to caramelize when it hits the bottom of the pot. I was more careful for beer 5 than I was for beer 6. Lesson learned!

Ropa Vieja Recipe

This has been one of our favorite recipes lately. Based on this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cuban-ropa-vieja/
 
Ingredients:
3-4 lbs flank steak
1 packet (or 2 cubes) beef bouillon
1 c water
12 oz jar Goya red (tomato based) sofrito
6 oz jar tomato paste (I’ll usually get the garlic or Italian spiced one)
2-3 bay leaves
2 large cloves of garlic, diced small
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 onion
2-3 peppers

Add sofrito, tomato paste, bouillon powder, water, bay leaves, garlic cumin, olive oil, and vinegar to crock pot. Add sriracha to taste.

Brown flank steak on both sides on stove with a little bit of vegetable oil and put into crock pot, covering with sauce as best as possible.

Cover and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 hours

Chop onion and peppers and add to crock pot, cooking for one more hour on low

Using sofrito instead of tomato sauce means I can skip things like salt and cilantro since it’s already heavy with them. I’ve been tempted to try replacing the 1c water with 1c beer but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

I suggest serving with yellow rice. It also works well in tacos and sandwiches.