Been a little while since I did this whole blog thing. Been brewing a good amount of beer the past couple (or six) months. Though I might give an update.
I brewed quite a few beers of varying deliciousness in my hibernation, an abbreviated list would look something like:
- Simcoe IPA
- Belgian PA w/ Brett
- Pumpkin Milk Stout
- Pumpkin Ale
- Cascade Pale Ale
- Dusseldorf Altbier
- Dry Stout
- Session Saison
- Berliner Weisse (still conditioning)
- Russian Imperial Stout
- Trappist Wheat
- German Strawberry Wheat
I believe that is a pretty complete list. Couple of beers didn’t turn out well but most were very good, which helps since I don’t buy beer anymore. Speaking of that, I’ve been pretty good on living on my own beer. My growler collection is growing by the week (easily the best way to transport from the keezer) and I usually have a pretty consistent amount of beers coming/going. My tally of beers purchased from stores is somewhere around 50 for the year (approx 5 per month).
Oh, I built a kegerator from a chest freezer (thus, keezer). Pretty good investment if you hate bottling as much as I do. All you need to do is put together a collar and slap a couple coats of chalkboard paint on and viola, you’ve got fresh draft beer all day. I’ll put up a post on how I assembled it in a later post all you need to know is that, yes, that is the Cleveland Browns schedule.
Well, currently I’ve got two big projects beer wise. The first is my russian imperial stout that I brewed two weeks ago (which I’m calling the Engagement-ale due my recent engagement to Annie). The OG on the stout was 1.110 and as of one week ago the gravity was near 1.020 (which puts it about around 12% abv). It was quite a bear to brew and, as expected, my efficiency took a hit but its tasting amazing right now.
Next project is the Belgian Dark Strong Ale, made a 5 gallon batch of wheat with WLP 500 that I used as a starter and hopefully will be brewing in the next within the next week. Also planning an ipa with all the hops I have hanging around my freezer (its getting out of control).
Another post to come this week.