Archive for August, 2008

Long Time – No Post

Aug 19, 2008

Man, it’s been awhile.  I work too much.

Brewing News:
I brew much more than I post on here, and lately has been no different.  Something just got to me and I brewed three beers in three weekends.  Now, I’m bottling every weekend, but there are worse things to do on a Saturday.  This weekend I am bottling up the last of the three brews, so I guess that means I need to get brewing again.  Before I get ahead of myself, here’s what has been brewed.

Welsh Ale c. 1800
This is from Randy Mosher’s book Radical Brewing.  I need a good welsh inspired name for it, but have not come up with one yet.  The recipe seemed like a decently strong (nearly 8% ABV) brown ale, but with grains of paradise, liquorice root, and molasses.

American Pale Ale with Ginger
This one was inspired by Dogfish Head’s Pangea…sort of.  At least the ginger part.  I wanted a moderately hopped pale ale using Chinook hops and I thought the earthy, spicy taste and aroma of ginger would go well.  The sample when it was bottled was just about right.  I only used one ounce of ginger so the character wouldn’t be too overpowering.

Cream Stout
One of my favorite beers from years ago was Watney’s Cream Stout.  This was well before I knew what real beer was all about, but somehow Watney’s grabbed me.  Since it is no longer brewed, I thought I’d try to make it myself.  In 2006 I found a clone recipe for it in Tess and Mark Szamatulski’s book, Clone Brews and went for it.  I didn’t know half of what I know now about brewing so it didn’t turn out like Watney’s at all.  It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t a stout and it certainly wasn’t Watney’s.  This time I think it worked.  I have a grain mill now and I usually do partial mashes so I get more out of my grains.  Hopefully it will be right.

That’s the three beers in three weekends.  Next, I am trying to decide if I want to make another porter for the cooler months or if I want to make a Biere de Garde, or do I want to make the A-Z Brown ale from Sam Calagione’s Extreme Brewing.  I just can’t decide.  Well, that’s three beers.  Maybe I could do another three weekends.  Hmm.

The Adequate Brewer