Sun Valley Brewing Company - White Cloud Ale
- ABV: 4.75%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 23
- Serving Temperature: 48-53° F
Immediately note a very hoppy, floral and fruity nose in this golden colored, slightly cloudy beer. White Cloud is medium-bodied ale with excellent head retention. Look for a very flavorful, hoppy taste with just enough maltiness to perfectly balance the hop flavor and bitterness. Note a smooth, clean finish. Overall, a flavorful ale that has a very unique flavor profile.
Salmon lightly brined in beer, salt, and sugar before smoking is a delicacy well worth the extra time and effort. Be sure to keep the meow mix bowl full or dry the salmon in a secure place out of kitty's reach.
2 lbs. salmon fillets with skin, rinsed
2 cups water
2 cups White Cloud Ale
½ cup coarse or kosher salt
½ teaspoon dried dill
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 lightly cracked black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Heat water and beer to boiling, add salt, dill, sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaf, stirring until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Simmer 25 minutes. Allow brine to cool to room temperature. Pour over salmon and weigh fish down with a saucer. The fish should be completely immersed in brine. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. With cold water, lightly rinse brine from fish but do not remove all of it. To dry, thread a loop of dental floss through one end of the fillet and hang in a well-ventilated area or lay on a cooling rack elevated on 4 cans placed in front of a fan for 4 to 8 hours. The fish will acquire a glossy veneer (called pelz) that is dry to the touch. Heat smoker to low and add wood chips. Smoke the fish slowly, checking occasionally. For moist fish with a hint of smokiness, the time will be relatively short. If you like dry and smoky, allow a longer smoking time. Serves 4.
Source: The Great American Beer Cookbook; Candy Schermerhorn; Brewers Publications, 1993.
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