Sunday, August 6th

Brewblogue: Steamboy

Listening to: nothing
Current mood: tired

Water: 7 Gallons OB Tap Water (this time due mainly to laziness)
Grain: 1 lb Crystal Malt 40L
Extract: 7 lbs Light Malt Extract
Yeast: 1 Vial White Labs 810 San Francisco Lager Yeast
  • 1.5 oz Northern Brewer (6.5% AAU) @ 60min
  • 0.5 oz Northern Brewer @ 5min

OG was 1.058-60

Notes: Recipe called for 1 tsp Irish Moss that I totally and utter forgot about, so it might end up with some chill haze, but I don't really care all that much. OG was a bit higher than what I was aiming for. Wort tasted appropriately hoppy. With luck, it should end up being pretty much what I had in mind.

Anyway, I'm too tired now to extrapolate any further on the experience.

Matt on 08.06.06 @ 11:27 PM PST [link

Brew Day #2

Listening to: UNKLE - Never Never Land
Current mood: preparatory

Well, once again I've gone a little too long without blogging anything. And once again some things actually happened in the meantime. Mainly Pat and I ended up walking like four and a half miles around downtown on the hottest and most humid day, not only of the summer, but of the past 40 years or something like that. And Pat almost died from it, but that's neither here nor there.

But that's not why I'm blogging. I'm blogging because I'm brewing again today. Huzzah and all that. Of course, I've yet to drink any of my first batch, which I'll also be bottling this afternoon (and in fact, it will be another 2 weeks before that can properly be drunk, though I suspect I'll try a couple early for scientific purposes). For this beer though, I'm going a completely different route from the last one. This time I'm planning on doing a California Common (ala the always delicious Anchor Steam), which is basically a decently hopped beer that uses lager yeast but is fermented at ale temperatures. Should be nice for late summer, early fall refreshment. It's sort of funny going from a beer that had what, 14 ingredients?, to one that only has 5. I keep looking at my recipe and thinking, um, doesn't this need way more stuff?

Anyway, we're hopefully getting started a little earlier in the day this time, so I should have the brewblogue posted tonight, not that anyone cares, but hey.

Matt on 08.06.06 @ 12:51 PM PST [link