Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

This is one of those beers that straddles the line between saison and "Belgian IPA". I have a considerable amount of citra left so I have to a make a few beers, I'd hate to waste it, plus it is one of my favorite hops. I am not exactly sure which harvest these hops were … Continue reading Recipe #11: Citra Saison – a rebrew, sort of (Bacth #2014.05)

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Recipe #10: Stick Rooster Breakfast Stout (Batch # 2014.04)

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)

Sour Program — Part 1: Unblended Lambic #1 (Cantillon dregs)

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)

Experimental Hop Series #2: Experimental Pine Fruit Saison (Recipe #9, Batch #2014.03)

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)

Experimental Hop Series #1: Azacca Saison (Recipe #8, Batch #2014.02)

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)

Recipe #7: Mosaic Saison (Batch #2014.01)

What a horrid winter, but we are powering through. I finally made it to the first brew day of the year, February 1st!. I was really hoping to get something done in January but the polar vortex and a trip to Phoenix, it wasn’t going to get squeezed in. We’ve been hunkered down. But fortunately, February, … Continue reading Recipe #7: Mosaic Saison (Batch #2014.01)

Recipe #6: Moteuka Saison (Batch #2013.23)

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)

Recipe #5: Snow Day IPA w/Nelson hops (Batch #2013.22)

2013 is coming to a close and I decided to brew several batches of "pale ales" with my saison blend that showcased either hops or the yeasts...or the combination I suppose. This is not the hoppiest beer in that series but this is a nice "pale ale" of sorts that utilizes one of my favorite … Continue reading Recipe #5: Snow Day IPA w/Nelson hops (Batch #2013.22)

Happy Winter Apsis! Brewing Goals for 2014.

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.

Recipe #4: Belma Saison High Temp (Batch #2013.20)

I've made several batches of beer with a blend of yeast strains from a few previous batches. The blend consists of Saison Dupont yeast, Brettanomyces claussenii and Brettanomyces bruxellensis Trois. The dominant organism, by far, in the mixture is the Dupont strain (see Recipe #1, Recipe #2, and Recipe #3 for examples). This has become … Continue reading Recipe #4: Belma Saison High Temp (Batch #2013.20)