As a homebrewer, this blog will primarily be about beer. However, I will often digress from beer and talk about anything else that comes to mind.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Planning a Triple Header
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve brewed and I’m starting to get the itch.My wife is taking our daughters to a Mom and Me Camp at the end of the month and the minute they hit the door that Saturday afternoon, I plan to be mashing in.The three beers I plan to brew that day are:
1. Saison – The saison I brewed last year keeps getting better every time I try a bottle.I’ve really become a fan of this style over the last 2 – 3 years and I can’t wait to brew another one.I plan to use a similar grain bill to last year’s with a few tweaks.For a little complexity, I’ll add a couple pounds of Maris Otter to the pilsner base malt.In addition, I’m planning to add a few ounces of acid malt to lower the mash pH and give it a little twang.After primary fermentation, I’ll probably take a couple of gallons and hit it with Brett.I really like Brett-C, but White Labs is releasing their Brett bruxTrois strain (isolated from 3 Fonteinen) in May, so the timing could be perfect to try this new strain.
2. Hefeweizen – This will be the first time I’ve brewed one of these, so I’ll do what I typically due with a new style and base my recipe on the one in Jamil’s Brewing Classic Styles book.Very simple, half German pilsner, half wheat malt and Hefeweizen yeast.I’ll probably use a US Hallertauer hybrid (Mt. Hood or Liberty) but at such a small amount and with only a bittering addition, I think it’ll work out fine.
3. IPA/Imperial IPA – I absolutely fell in love with Bell’s Hopslam this year, so this one is inspired by Hopslam.Bells uses five different hops in the kettle, which I think would be overkill for me.I’ll hit it with a small bittering charge of Warrior and then hop burst it with copious amounts of Amarillo and Simcoe as well as dry hop the heck out of it.I can’t wait to put this one on tap.