I returned to the experimental hop series of beers and brewed this blankly named hop "Lemon Zest"...I wonder what it tastes like. So far, these beers have been great. I brewed the Azacca hop saison and the Experimental Pine Fruit (both amazing in my opinion) and this one brings me to my half way point … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #3: Lemon Zest Saison (Recipe #13, Batch #2014.09)
I am very excited to bring you the first of several (hoping many) posts about brewing beer on production scale systems. That's right; I convinced several local breweries to let me peek behind the curtain and be an assistant brewer on a batch of beer. The goal here is to be present from start to … Continue reading Brewing at DC Brau Brewing Company (Grain-to-glass collection #1)
We all knew this day was coming, a day when I brew a beer that isn't a hoppy saison. I do make several styles of beer, maybe it was a rut, maybe it was the fact that I can't get a hoppy light beer I like as much in this market, maybe it was because … Continue reading Recipe #10: Stick Rooster Breakfast Stout (Batch # 2014.04)
One of the more popular style of beer these days is anything "wild" or "sour". But these beers are not new, in fact they are some of the oldest styles of beers still in production. Before the days of microbiology and sanitation, and pure culture, likely all beers were "wild" or at least contaminated. I'm … Continue reading Sour Program — Part 1: Unblended Lambic #1 (Cantillon dregs)
Making all those hoppy saisons, over and over again, was in preparation to make these experiment hoppy saisons with a six different varieties this year. I ordered the hops, 4 ounces each, from Yakima Valley Hops, if you aren't using them, get on it. About a week ago, I posted the first of these, the … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)
I am excited to start this series of beers. I will be brewing a total of 6 of these hoppy saisons with different experimental hop varieties I picked up from Yakima Valley Hops a little bit ago. These are going to all have the same grain bill and brewed as similar as possible. One of … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #1: Azacca Saison (Recipe #8, Batch #2014.02)
Getting tired of these yet? I'm not but I promise there are several beers coming up that aren't just hoppy saisons. This one is another hoppy saison though, but uses an under-utilized hop in my opinon. It is quite difficult to find a commercial example that showcases this hop. The only one I've personally had … Continue reading Recipe #6: Moteuka Saison (Batch #2013.23)
I wanted to take this year-end opportunity, near the perihelion where the Earth is the closest to the sun, to talk about my brewing and blog goals for the upcoming year. I have two big brewing experiments coming up in 2014. The first experiment is focused on different yeasts. I am currently fermenting a test … Continue reading Happy Winter Apsis! Brewing Goals for 2014.
Fantome carved into a pumpkin.