Summary of My Experimental Hop Variety Saisons for 2014

I love hops. From my first Stone IPA back in 2001 to now I'm a devout hop head. This year, in order to increase my love and understanding of the dozens (hundreds?) of hop varieties available I decided to undergo a project and brew a series of simple saisons that highlight different hops and even … Continue reading Summary of My Experimental Hop Variety Saisons for 2014

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Recipe #26: Chinook Rye Belgo IPA with 20% Rye (Batch #2014.23)

Wow, I'm sorry I've been neglecting the blog lately. Two weeks without a post. There is so much happening right now, in the past few weeks, I just haven't had time to update. The consequence is that I have six beer recipes that will go up in the next couple of weeks. I'll get back … Continue reading Recipe #26: Chinook Rye Belgo IPA with 20% Rye (Batch #2014.23)

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 #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)

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)

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)

Recipe #3: Cascade and Amarillo Rye IPA (Batch #2013.21)

I love IPAs. By far my favorite style of beer, although I like almost all styles of beer. I have decided to use some different base malts to increase my understanding of different kinds of malt and the effect they have on the beer. This time I switched out the standard 2-row barley for Vienna … Continue reading Recipe #3: Cascade and Amarillo Rye IPA (Batch #2013.21)

Recipe #2: Chinook Belgian IPA (Batch #2013.19)

The second recipe in this blog is basically a continuation of the first recipe, in that it used the yeast cake from the Citra Saison. This is a “Belgian IPA”…which, in my opinion, is an odd style distinction. It seems to me that breweries will call any hoppy ale, regardless of malt bill or yeast used … Continue reading Recipe #2: Chinook Belgian IPA (Batch #2013.19)

Recipe #1 – Citra Saison (Batch #2013.18)

This is the first recipe I am posting on this blog even though, according to my notes, this is around the 150th batch of beer I've brewed. Recipes will be posted as they are brewed from now on. About sixth months ago, I started making really simple wort using a few different base grains as … Continue reading Recipe #1 – Citra Saison (Batch #2013.18)