‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving and everyone was looking for something to do… So they all came to the brewery at Five Nitnty Two! Tonight we are brewing a batch of our Belgian Wit. We have on tap a limited amount of American Pale and a full keg of Wit. If you’re in the area drop on by around 8. Bring your beer tasting faces, beer will go fast so don’t be late.
Yup. Sunday morning proved rough for a second week in a row (hence the reason for Sundays post being posted today). They say misery loves company so Sunday, to accompany me was Jamie, who was curled up in the fetal position next to me, and Rob who wasn’t feeling so good either. I tried to nurse them back with Revive Vitamin Water…it was Brutal.
Anyway, I manned-up and rousted the two so we could start brewing our Indie Pale Ale, an American style pale. We originally brewed this recipe as an IPA, but numerous reviews and updated style guidelines convinced us to simply decrease some hoppiness and call it an American Pale.
Brewing proved easy and relaxed with a sixty minute mash and boil. We expect a crisp, light, biscuity brew with floral hop notes in the finish.
Also, by this weekend our Six Wheat Under Belgian Wit should be ready for consumption.
Last weekend I was spending some well deserved time lying on the couch watching TV and I saw a commercial for the new Budweiser American Ale. I quickly found myself sitting upright and leaning in towards the screen so as not to miss a word. How could this be? I mean, we all know Budweiser has dabbled in craft brews for fear of losing market share. But they have never come outright and done something so bold as to launch an all out national campaign for an ale. Could it be that the old American Bud was too scared and unsure of itself? Or could it be the new cultured and understanding, worldly Bud headed up by InBev knows and understands what the people want?
Either way a Google search turned this up:
“The king of beers joins the peasants in the craft brew section. Budweiser American Ale ($7/6-pack) is a new American-Style ale with rich amber color and big flavor. It’s what microbrew ale would taste like if they had the billion dollar R&D department of Anheuser-Busch. Available now nationwide on draught, you’ll be able to buy it in bottles on the 29th. “ –uncrate.com
So how does it really taste? I haven’t tried it yet but Marc had one last night at TacMac and he said: “I mean…it’s…alright”.
We shall see.
We’ve been getting unusually high attenuations lately from our yeast(s). Like, in the 80% range for our last three batches:
- Oatmeal Stout version 2: OG 1.050, FG 1.010, 79.3% AA, 5.2% ABV
- Steve Brown Ale: OG 1.048, FG 1.009, 80.6% AA, 5.1% ABV
- American Pale Ale: OG 1.041, FG 1.007, 82.4% AA, 4.5% ABV
I mean, I’m a big fan of the 80’s, but didn’t really expect to make it that apparent in this part of my life. Our temperatures have stayed fairly consistent, and we’re not getting any real off flavors in the beer that suggests a hot or overly-vigorous fermentation. I guess it is the fact that we’ve switched to using starters for/harvesting our yeast? Is this a good thing or not? I mean, it seems good to me, but it also suggests we’re maybe using too much yeast now…also, I’d maybe like to create a beer that is outside the 4.5-5.5% ABV range; am I not destined for this? I reckon time will tell with the next runs of these beers (yes Steve, we’ll make your brown ale again) if they’re to be consistent. Maybe I should go read now.
Amongst a massive relocation of beer that took place earlier this week, our American Pale Ale found its way into a keg. It’s not fully carbonated quite yet, but the initial taste is….not what I expected. I actually expected “bad”, but got instead “good”! Why? Well, primarily because I didn’t know what I was doing when I came up with the recipe, aside from knowing that I was using up all the leftover hops in the fridge. The hop hodgepodge created a much more complex taste than I expected, almost like a (duh Chris?) lighter, less bitter version of our IndiE Pale. It’s very dry, again not as planned, but that probably has something to do with our super-duty yeast strains of late. FG of 1.007, 4.5% ABV. So yeah, it definitely fits the style of other American Pales, and my hopes are to be this successful again on the ten gallon run coming up in a couple of weeks! Oh, and I’ll have to report back when it’s, you know, carbonated and cold.