So, I’ve heard the rumors that Chris is calling me out to make a post about brewing last Wednesday! I have something to say to that!…… Chris, you can…. okay, sure I’ll write a little diddy about it. (still folding like a cheap lawn chair).
I have been wanting to brew a batch of a Honey Brown-type for a little while, so i came up with a hybrid recipe of a brown ale fused with some organic honey. I took Newcastle’s recipe and juiced it up a smidge to make it a bit heavier and full-bodied. (I find their ale too weak now. snob…)
I wasn’t sure exactly how much honey I needed for the batch, since I haven’t found a recipe or guideline for using it. But it comes with learning, I guess, and I figured I could err on the side of adding too little honey. At least then we would still have a good brown ale even if the honey was too weak to taste.
I was incredibly pleased with the entire brew. Every step seemed to flow and behave like it was supposed to. I’ll attribute it to less distraction. I can be so ADD when there are other fun things going on.
The mash went perfectly! Hit the temp. and had great gravity going to the boil. The sparge went well except for the tube being clogged from us not cleaning it from the brew before. Whoops! Easy enough to brush it out though. Good, long boil and, unlike Chris, I did remember the gravity reading before racking it! (and yes, he was right about me writing it down on a scrap piece of paper)
I’m gonna rack the brew tonight or tomorrow, give it a test run, and be back to docu-hate it. Also, i would like to harvest the yeast from the ale and begin our own colonies of yeastisis. We will train them slowly to amass and become self-aware!