Honey Steve Ale Brown Brew Beer Drink

– Steve

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!

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Hey, yeah, we’re still here

– Chris

There’s been a visible lack of posting lately, again. Sorry friends. I’m not exactly sure why this is, since there has been beer stuff going on, but it either has something to do with my general forgetfulness/procrastination or Eileen’s maybe-becoming-permanent unpaid leave from our blog. Actually, it’s not really leave, since she’s sitting across from me right now. I think she’s pretty wrapped up in a new venture though, something I like to call “pairing my food with web browsing for anything else”. I’M CALLING YOU OUT, VIA RSS FEED.

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We’ve actually brewed up two batches since last report, with the help of some Trivial Pursuit 80’s Edition, and another one’s on the way this afternoon. We’ve been double-timing it a bit to tweak our existing recipes and create some new ones. So, last Wednesday we went about a 5-gallon batch of Steve. That’s the best way to describe it, since no one really knows what it is. It’s brown, and it has about a pound of honey in it. So it’s a honey brown Steve. Truth is that I wasn’t around for a lot of the brewing so I probably shouldn’t be writing about it. Hey Steve, what was the OG and approximate IBU count? “1.047 and 15, according to this piece of paper in my wallet.” Confirmation by telegram should be available shortly.

Our second batch for the week is a new American Pale Ale recipe that I came up with a couple of weeks ago. It’s similar to some other recipes I’ve examined, as most Pales require a simple grain bill, but it uses no less than five different kinds of hops. Why five? Because that’s what was in the fridge as leftovers…we’ll see what happens. Hey Chris, what was the OG and approximate IBU count? Oh that’s right, you forgot to write those things down, again. I promise we’ll get better, as soon as:

We have a software program that I’m happy with. We’d been using BeerSmith, which is very nice but not very Mac-friendly, or, Mac-available. So, instead of relying on the Windows box in the office (ewww gross/where’s my latte?), I discovered, thanks to an episode of Basic Brewing Radio, a FREE Mac program called Homebrew Formulator. It does just about all the things that BeerSmith will do, but in a bit of a different format, and I’m in the process of learning it. I like the layout and recommend this program to other Mac users out there, it just takes some getting used to…once I get it down I’ll be much more consistent with my recipe info, which I’d say is pretty important, wouldn’t you? The only drawback to Homebrew Formulator is that the folks that created it are no longer issuing updates or revisions, but like I said, it’s free.

Today we brew Oatmeal Stout 2.0. I’m no longer going to refer to it as a Sam Smith clone, as we’ve changed the recipe up quite a bit. It’s bigger but hopefully not bad(der). Sam Smith inspired, maybe…that telegram joke wasn’t funny, was it?

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