Fall Update

by kmosullivan

Great googily moogily! Where does the time go? Into the fermentor, it would seem, and not into the blog.

I am planning a barrage of posts to roll out in the next few weeks — Here’s the sneak preview:

Golden Gallows Special Bitter Ale
We have done several repeat brews of what has become my house bitter (first dubbed “Pride of Guadalupe,” now christened, “Golden Gallows”). After having brewed it about half a dozen times, slightly adjusting the recipe or process each time, I am pretty pleased with it. Everybody else seems to be as well — we can’t seem to keep a keg of it around longer than 10 days!

Whiskey Barrel Project & My First Stout — an Old Rasputin Clone
I had the opportunity to purchase a 3.5 gallon used bourbon barrel from a local distillery, and jumped at the chance to procure it in pursuit of a solera project. But first, to soak the oak character from the barrel…and what better way than a Russian Imperial Stout. Barrel-prep hijinks ensued, including a botched partigyle attempt. Buy hey, I still came out with a great beer — my first stout!  Now, which bugs to inoculate with…

Mosaic-hopped IPA
A buddy of mine from the homebrew club came into several ounces of Mosaic and Nugget. I happened to have a bunch of Citra and Cascade to unload. It would seem the fates were leading us down the road of a blissful, citrusy American IPA collaboration. Brewed in the beginning of November, this one looks to be tasty! Look for a full review of the beer as well as these in-demand new(ish) hop varieties.

Biere de Noel
A re-brew of the Biere de Garde we made earlier in the year, slightly adjusted for the holidays: A relatively big beer with a round malt profile, accents of Belgian spice and citrus zest of both sweet and bitter orange peel. Brewed earlier this fall, the Biere de Noel is currently being lagered in the keg, waiting to be tapped — Happy Holidays, indeed!

Book Reviews
Lastly, I frequently cite the beer-books I am reading or use for reference. If I am in a used book shop, chances are you will find me in the Food & Beverage section, looking to see if they have an old recipe book or style guide that I don’t already own. Over the past few years, I have amassed a decent beer library. So, in between tasting notes and brewday reports, I figured I would offer short write-ups on the books I have found particularly helpful, how I use them, what they cover, etc.

So stay tuned, plenty of good beer nerdery and homebrew wankery on the way!