Friday, March 6, 2009

Beer update...

So I just racked the beer I made with Jody a couple weeks back, into a keg. Final gravity was 1.010. This was the one I dry hopped in the carboy in primary, towards the end of fermentation. Gotta say, this thing tasted *awesome*. Like, *really* awesome. Candy-like, in fact. Just hops galore in there. Unfortunately, it's the second keg I have now that's *outside* the fridge and not hooked up to anything. Got a small Pale Ale in front of that one to go first. I will say that this beer was fermented with the Coopers Ale yeast and this time, I did NOT pick up any green apple flavors from the brew.. so, maybe I got it this time? Keep the ferment temp under 70 degrees and you'll be OK with Coopers? Stay tuned, kids, I'll report back in a bit when she's tapped...

Roasted the last of the 2007 Guat. Antigua the other day. First cup of that out of the chute yesterday and it was awful! Really bitter stuff. So today, I dialed back the grind a few notches, and the coffee was much improved.. not quite perfect, but much improved. Goes to show how sensitive the grind can be to a particular bean.. and goes to show how important the grinder is to the overall process. Making coffee isn't just throwing some grounds into a pot of hot water and calling it OK. It's meaningful stuff, to know how much coffee you're working with (weight being ideal.. ), the fine-ness of the coffee grounds, the temperature of the water you're brewing with and the overall amount of water to coffee ratio. Keep that stuff in mind, folks! SCAA rules here, 7 grams of coffee per 5oz of water. LIVE by it! Keep all that stuff "in the box", and work with the grinder to adjust your flavor. If your grinder sucks, all hope is lost, however. Time to whip out that credit card and live a little!

A little update on the sour Pale Ale I brewed with Pete a while back. I'm now 5 beers into it and t just gets better and better. The flavor is becoming more refined as time goes by. Focusing in on a good core taste. I'm really starting to enjoy it now, and thinking about the next one in line... this Hoppy Pale Ale with wild yeast is definitely not the normal beer.. but it has it's place.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Kicked a keg..

Sorry to announce the passing of a keg yesterday.. the often turned to, but sometimes off limits "Brett Brown", kicked the bucket. Originally brewed with Frank A. way back last summer, she was a good beer, and my first foray into wild yeast brews.. it was a tasty one!

Taking the Brown's place is a new wild beer, a Pale Ale, brewed with Pete W. at the end of January, where the second generation of Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin was used to ferment in a wild 10 day fermentation. We'll see how sour she is by the end of the day, I'm sure.

Also, kegged the 2.5 gallon mini-batch yesterday, that I made on the stove top from all grain. Tastes distinctly of green apple. Again. Just like the last time I used Coopers dry ale yeast. I have a feeling that's not a coincidence! Might have to stop using that stuff..

*In addition*, , I know.. I know.. long list of things done just yesterday, but also threw 1/2 an ounce of Cascades into the brew I made with Jody R. the other week.. Hope to leave that in there a couple days or three and rack into a keg at the end of this weekend of mine. Smells great! Can't remember the last time I dry hopped anything. Sorta really lookin' forward to this one..

Got two kegs and a carboy to clean now.. I'm off to work!