Thursday, February 23, 2006



Ok. So tonight I tasted the latest batch of Native Rage, or at least one carboy of it. While several months ago I found it to be extremely hoppy, this time around - Its very good, but not excessive.

I can, nay MUST, use more hops in the future.

There were a ridiculous amount in this beer, and yet I feel like it needs more. Next time I brew it, I am thinking mash hops, first wort hops, 1.5X the flavor and aroma hops and 2X the dry hops. This shtuff needs to be GREEN in the fermenter. It needs to look like I've got a hop cake, not a yeast cake, in the fermenter. Even I should be quaking with fear.

I think for good measure I will try dry-hopping in the keg using a tea ball for this batch - I picked one up at HDYB last week.

Next weekend (March 4), I will be brewing my Amarillo Pale Ale in the parking lot of How Do You Brew? as an all-grain demonstration. Whatever I have left in the keg in my kegerator, I intend on bringing it. Bring a thirst, if you plan on attending. This stuff is good. I will also be handing out recipe sheets.

What time is the demonstration on Saturday and how long do you expect it to last?
Demonstration starts at noon. Will last somewhere between 1 and 2 hours... probably closer to 1.5 hours, but all the important stuff will be done in about 20 minutes - 10 minutes spaced 60 minutes apart.

Hence why I am bringing a keg of the beer we're brewing to pass the time - To keep us warm, so you all know what we're making, and maybe serve as a talking point.

12 noon!
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