June, 2012

Summertime Blues

Summertime Saga

Haven’t had a lot of news to report from the brewery as of late. Summer seems to have evaporated into a mist of dog training, weekend trips, and house renovations. It’s actually hard to believe I haven’t brewed since Easter Sunday. The American Wheat I brewed that weekend was supposed to become an apricot wheat, but the recipe I grabbed, a medal winner from the 2007 NHC, came out hop-heavy and didn’t meld well with the apricot extract, but it was damn drinkable with a squeeze of lemon, so it’s not gone to waste.

Since I still have two bottles of apricot extract in the fridge, and it’s still summer, I ordered up 10 gallons worth of Belgian blonde ingredients. I’ve never brewed a 10-gallon batch before, so this will be a fun learning experience. Since I have a couple kegs within inches of kicking, I’m hoping to keg 5 gallons of blonde as-is, and split the other 5 between the apricot flavoring and perhaps some strawberry puree.

The big project that’s been eating up my free time lately has been finishing our laundry room. Just after I got back from Railsconf in April, we had a plumber friend come and rework some of the rough pluming in our laundry room so we could add a sink. We’ve closed up the walls and have been pulling CAT6 to the whole house (which has involve me literally crawling around in the floor joist space on several occasions). When the laundry room is finished, I should finally have a big sink, an 8′ countertop, and a couple of cabinets dedicated solely to brewing gear which will make my wintertime brewing endeavors much more streamlined and keep me out of the downstairs bathroom when I need to hook up a wort chiller.

I also acquired a garage-fridge that will be getting hooked up to a temperature controller. I’m hoping to get my first lager going soon, but that’s on hold until some other things from the wife-list get completed. Priorities, man. Priorities.

Dead Drifter


If you haven’t had one of these, you need to! Half Widmer Drifter, half Rogue Dead Guy, all awesome.