Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another Brew Perking Away...

I decided, after some soul-searching, to use my snow-melt to do an American IPA of sorts last weekend. I went with straight Warrior hops, and am (so far) quite pleased with how they have turned out--the smell was fantastic, and exactly what I expect from a good brew. It wasn't a SMaSH brew, as I used some Munich and Crystal malts; my main departure from the IPA realm was in my use of a lager yeast. That's right--this is a single-hop, American India Pale Lager. I named it "Snow Warrior," due to the snow-melt (duh) and the hops; my reasoning for lagering this brew is to continue with the "cold" theme. I anticipate that this will be quite lovely in mid-July...

All that aside, I'll be brewing again this upcoming weekend. I plan on being a bit more "traditional" this time; I'll probably do another English Bitter, although I've been hankering after an American Amber for a little while. I've still time to decide; with my Pacific Jade hops (combined with a few other things I've got laying around), I can probably swing something tasty.
In addition to my brew this weekend, my friend Elphinstone will be brewing something. I believe he plans to do a Bohemian Pils, or perhaps something more in the "lite lager" range (I believe he's using a recipe based on one or another Canadian lager).

I think my next "experimental" batch--possibly in the late March time frame--will be a single-malt, all Munich brew. I may lean a little traditional on it, and make it a lager--rather Vienna-like--but then, I prefer something a little more assertive in the hops. I guess time will tell...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Upcoming Brew Day

Well, I'm in the midst of planning my next Brew Day. Right now, it's scheduled for the 21st of the month, but much of that "schedule" is really weather-dependent. We were snowed in this past weekend; the backyard hasn't even really begun to thaw, and I can't yet access my BrewStand. To top it off, there's another "killer" snowstorm headed this way, supposedly to hit us Tuesday night/Wednesday, and drop another foot of snow. I'm not sure we'll be dug out by the 21st...

While (ahem) "enjoying" the current winter wonderland, though, a thought struck me--all of this lovely, clean, frozen water, all around me. So, I pulled out my trusty AlePails (they were on the back patio, in a snowdrift) and filled them with packed fresh snow. I'm bringing them inside (as I find room for them) to thaw, and will hopefully be able to snag enough water eventually to do one batch of beer from snow-melt. I'm thinking something light and crisp, perhaps a lightly-colored AIPA, to be enjoyed mid-summer (when I can sit in shorts & a t-shirt outside and recall fondly the snow that made it possible)... A snappy name for the beer should be relatively easy, too. Ah, plans...

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