Sunday, October 26, 2008

A New Brew

In secondary right now I have a cleanup/leftover/budget brew. At racking time it had a nice, malty flavor, with a bready, biscuity goodness. If I dare say so, it had a bit of the malty, biscuity flavor that is common in beers from New Belgium, especially Fat Tire. Is the secret in their malt? I don't know. One more week and it will be ready for bottling. We'll see what flavors come through at that time.

The "recipe" is as follows:

2-3 lbs Amber LME
.5 lbs Munich
.5 lbs Vitory(amber)
.5 lbs Honey malt

45 minute boil
.5 oz Cascade @ 45 min
.25 oz Cascade @ 30 min
.25 oz Amarillo @ 30 min
.25 oz Amarillo @ 15 min

~2.5 gallons of 1.040 wort
WLP-011 European Ale Yeast, past date, from the bargain bin.

Besides the cost of propane, and the malts, which I accounted for in other batches, this batch cost me 3 bucks, plus a little gas. Not bad, eh? That's what happens when you're strapped for cash and have an insatiable urge to brew.

Cheers, brothers, and happy brewing.

please allow me to introduce myself...

To begin with, I'm not really Jewish, unless heritage counts. I do, however, brew....beer, that is. I brew at home for enjoyment and practice in the pursuit of experience and knowledge to someday aid me in my quest to open my own brewery. If for nothing else, I would keep doing it because I enjoy the hands-on aspect and the freedom to create virtually any style that I want.

A few more things about myself:
I enjoy nearly all styles of beer, with tastes that often change with the seasons.
Right now, my preference lies with malty, full bodied beers. Hops are always welcome, but lots of aroma or bitterness is not necessary. When spring rolls around, hops will most likely come to the forefront of my cravings.
I advocate responsible drinking, while at the same time realizing that, sometimes, it's nice to cut loose.

Cheers, brothers.