Experimental Hop Series #5: ADHA 484 Saison (Recipe #25, Batch #2014.22)

I hope no one is upset that this post isn't about a Galaxy saison... I know I'm not. This is my ongoing experiment trying different "experimental" varieties of hops I get from Yakima Valley Hops, my favorite hop dealer. In case you are new to this blog, this is the FIFTH! of a series of … Continue reading Experimental Hop Series #5: ADHA 484 Saison (Recipe #25, Batch #2014.22)

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Recipe #23: Chinook Rye Belgo IPA (Batch #2014.18)

If I'm being honest, and I should be, I was so disappointed with how the Chinook and Cascade Engligh IPA turned out (even though my tasting panels showed it was a fine beer) that I completely ditched that recipe rather than tweak it into something I think is good. I hated that beer. Sometimes completely … Continue reading Recipe #23: Chinook Rye Belgo IPA (Batch #2014.18)

Recipe #24: “Flowerfield” Saison — Collaboration Brew Day in Chicago (Batch #2014.11)

I've been brewing with other people in the DC area a lot lately. I forgot how much fun it could be brewing with another person. It is great to get back into it. A few years ago, my friend Mike Thorpe came over to observe a brew day. He was excited to get into brewing … Continue reading Recipe #24: “Flowerfield” Saison — Collaboration Brew Day in Chicago (Batch #2014.11)

Recipe #22: Galaxy Saison with Blaugies Yeast #2 (Batch #2014.17)

Sorry about the delay in posts, I try to post weekly but there's been a lot going on. This means that I've had less time to write and so my backlog is building up. Hopefully I can power through a few posts in September and get back on schedule. Still dialing this Galaxy saison in. This … Continue reading Recipe #22: Galaxy Saison with Blaugies Yeast #2 (Batch #2014.17)

Recipe #21: Brown Saison with Cascade Hops (Batch #2014.16)

What is a brown saison? What is a Belgian brown ale? I don't know. Sort of like the Black IPA episode of a year back, when you do something odd like add a bunch of dry hopping to your porter recipe, what should you call it? There is a popular brewery around here called "Right … Continue reading Recipe #21: Brown Saison with Cascade Hops (Batch #2014.16)

Recipe #19: Galaxy Saison with Brasserie de Blaugies Yeast (Batch #2014.14)

So in my last post, I wrote about a saison I made with my normal house saison yeast, the Saison Dupont strain (Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast). I have been talking with people about their saison yeast preferences and people do not like the Dupont strain for a variety of reasons. People complain about it … Continue reading Recipe #19: Galaxy Saison with Brasserie de Blaugies Yeast (Batch #2014.14)

Recipe #18: Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast (Batch #2014.15)

I am auditioning additional saison yeasts for my house blend. I've been trying different home brews by people I trust with different blends and harvesting yeast, or getting yeast, from different brewers in order to expand my options. I have a few promising leads for future beers but the first two I wanted to check … Continue reading Recipe #18: Galaxy Saison with Dupont Yeast (Batch #2014.15)

Recipe #17: Hibiscus Brett Saison (Batch #2014.08)

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate than starting a new brewing project and make some flower beers! This will be the first in a series of flower beers made this spring / summer...hopefully they will all turn out well. This is the only one out of the four or five where I … Continue reading Recipe #17: Hibiscus Brett Saison (Batch #2014.08)

Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

Authors Note: I try to post a recipe a week (or a post about brewing once a week) but this week I'm posting two, this being the second behind the Chinook and Cascade IPA disaster. I'm doing this to minimize the impact of that bad beer post on this blog and to reduce my backlog … Continue reading Sour Program — Part 2: A Blended Sour

Recipe #16: Chinook and Cascade English IPA (Batch #2014.13)

There are going to be several IPA posts in the coming months as I try to dial in an IPA recipe that uses Chinook hops. I'll be trying out a few different grain additions in these beers and keeping the hops a little simple. The hop additions for these beers will not be what people … Continue reading Recipe #16: Chinook and Cascade English IPA (Batch #2014.13)