An experiment in science

– Chris

Last Sunday was the first day we’ve pitched lager yeast into our brew. The brew? Our second go at an American Pale. I’ll take the word “ale” off the end, for the time being….see first sentence. The dog? That’s Roscoe, an extended-stay visitor. Anyway, the recipe for this round is very, very different from the one used last time, most notably including a little bit of “American Victory” malt for body and completely changing (and demystifying) the hop selection and schedule. Amarillo hops were used in place of two others; hopefully this will lead to a more balanced aroma and attractive aftertaste in the final product.

All that said, after the boil we separated the wort into two fermenters (this was a ten-gallon batch) and pitched some Pacific Ale yeast into one, and some White Labs San Francisco Lager yeast into the other. The latter should result in more of a California Common-style brew. The San Francisco yeast works well all the way up to about 65 degrees fermentation temperature, which is great for us, as we’ve discovered a certain corner in our basement that stays at about 64. So, we get to ferment both versions in the same room:

See how full they are?! That’s the result of careful planning not dragging the brew session out until 11pm. In fact, Jamie and I started brewing at 930am on Sunday…amazing! We decided to set up a bin for the blow-off tubes to empty into this time; a wise decision for avoiding a mess. Four days in, they’re still going strong, and we’re really looking forward to tasting the differences between the two. My hope is that the lagered brew will have a bit of summer crispness that our other ales have lacked. OG 1.044, if you’d like to know.

I do not know as of right now what we’re brewing this weekend…what they’re brewing this weekend. NEW YORK HERE I COME

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These days

– Chris

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All’s been quiet on the western front since Saturday. This means one thing: it’s time to brew! And no, we’re not gonna skip out this week. Today we will be bottling all ten gallons of our Witbier/Wit Bier/Witbeer alongside doing some other things we were supposed to do last week, like, cleaning out the kegerator. Tomorrow we will go to the beer store. Actually, we’ll probably procrastinate by cleaning tomorrow and going to the beer store Saturday. Whatever, the important part is that Sunday we will brew us up ten gallons (is anyone still believing the last post?) of American Pale v1.5.

We’re starting to build a nice little stockpile of homebrew in the basement, possibly attributable to the absence of Eileen. After today’s bottling session, we’ll have close to fifty gallons ready to go! We can’t drink all of it, so YOU should come and help us. Oh, and speaking of Eileen, her computer crashed yesterday and is gonna be out of service for the short while, so it’s iffy whether or not we’ll see any reports from the Island any time soon…but, in case you feel ill-informed, there’s always this.