Monday, August 30, 2010

8.30.10

We kegged a couple beers tonight. Sean's going on a nice little drive to Iowa this weekend for a friend's pig roast and hauling said keg's for the festivities. We're sending him off with a couple saison variations brewed about a month apart. We cultivated our own yeast using dregs from another saison we love, and kept the yeast cake from the first beer to ferment the second beer. A first time for us, and we like what we taste: big citrus in both and tart. They're both gold in color, however, the first of the two brewed does seem to have a slightly brighter gleam to it, but they're quite lovely either way. We didn't necessarily know on brew day that these particular beers were going to this pig roast, nor did we know how these beers were going to turn out since we had never cultivated a yeast like we did with this one. So, instead of sending the entire yields westward, we decided to save a little for bottles so the rest of us can enjoy it as well. But until then, we'll hope for some feedback in Iowa.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Brew Day: 08.29.10

We had our second ever double-batch brew day. This time, same grain bill. We brewed two single-hop IPA's. The only difference between the two, was the hops. We used Chinook for one, and Sorachi Ace for the other. These beers are destined for a private BBQ party, pairing with a spread of traditional BBQ fare like chicken, ribs and brisket. One will deliver a bitter, piney flavor profile, the other, a more citrus, lemony flavor. For the first time, we included honey malt in the grain bill. It's presence was felt from the very beginning, and we're very excited to to see what it brings to the table once fermentation has occurred.


Also, amidst all this madness, we sampled one of our two wild ales that's been funkifying since late-December (pictured above). This style of beer doesn't develop quickly, so we didn't expect anything earth shattering, but we're certainly pleased with it's progress. However, we'll come back to this beer on another day.