This was a fun brewday. It started at 9am (though I got the water heated at 8:30). It ended at around 7pm. Honestly, we weren’t in a rush today and perhaps could have shaved an hour or two off as in both recipes, we let the mash go longer than necessary…you know…grilling and stuff…
The summer series fruit beers were on tap and for a day in the high 70’s where the brewery was in the 90’s, the beers hit the spot. The brewery was in the high 90’s as the exhaust fan went out. The windows and doors were open…but still.
Rebecca wanted a Belgian Whit, another great summer beer, so that was made. The Belgian Whit differed from prior recipes in that honey was used and some whole flower Citra hops were used at the end – to really bring out the citrus, orange peel and coriander.
Jesse helped come up with the IPL (India Pale Lager). It’s all Cascade without any caramel malt – just American 2-row to keep it light in body. Some whole flower cascade was also used at the very end. I recently had a New Belgium Shift Pale Lager – it was good, so the twist here is that a lager yeast was used. Being a lager, I will have to filter this…I hope I can preserve the hoppiness. The IPL was a difficult beer to make. Being high in gravity (more grain=more alchohol), it was at capacity and the filter bed never got ‘quite set’. Sparging was tricky and needed a lot of attention.
There were a lot of people to help. Thanks to John and Jesse – this place is starting to run itself. It was nice to meet other Jesse. You had a lot of beer and local brewery insight and knowledge. Joe, a SAAZ member and decorated homebrewer, came down too for a bit. It was great talking with you (thanks for the sparge restrictor plate idea!) and I would love to come over on a brewday. I’m sure I can learn a lot (chemist to engineer). Thanks to John for not letting us forget the honey for the whitbier. Thanks to Rebecca for…being Rebecca…and providing some good critiques of the summer series fruit beers on tap. Thanks to my wife for breakfast, general hospitality and putting up with my brewdays.