Sunday, December 31, 2006

 

2007 Commeth

Yeah, its 11:55PM before the year changes, and I'm sitting here writing a blog post instead of snoozing upstairs with my wife or watching all the sheeple on TV in time square... but that's me. What can I say.

2006 is gone, and with it goes alot (ALOT) of beer brewing. I won't rack up the total this year for fear of legal reprisal, but I was a very prodigious homebrewer. I did try to ask the government how to legally brew more than 200 gallons in a year, and received a relatively unsatisfactory and dismissive answer to the issue, and I took that response with the degree of urgency and attention it commanded. Seems that it warranted as much attention as I gave the warning too, considering the overwhelming discussion on the subject.

Actually, In 2006 I ended up giving away almost 80+ gallons, and I've still got about 40+ gallons sitting downstairs in the basement.... and we had alot of help from family and friendly visits. I definitely have left 2006 with a whole laundry list of learnings to take with me, and an arsenal of recipes that will be tweaked and revisited in the coming years.

Some of my personal homebrewing highlights for 2006 include:


I've had lots of positive feedback indicating my homebrewing is on the right track, and that people like what I'm doing. I try to take that with a grain of salt since most comes from friends and family, but to be honest those are the folks I most care about pleasing - the rest is just gravy.

I've managed to acquire many new tools and toys that I will be taking into the 2007 brewing year, including:


This coming year, I plan on focusing on a couple of things. They include:


Well, it is now well past 1am, and I am not forming nearly the kind of thoughts I was 3 pints ago, so time to take the first descansa of the new year. Happy tidings to all!

Monday, December 11, 2006

 

Meeting this Friday (Dec 15th)!!!

Come join us for the last meeting of 2006 at Scott's house this Friday at 7:30pm. The directions / invite came out last night, so hopefully you all got it. We will be electing our 2007 officers, and I will be giving away hops and grain.

Yesterday was a beautiful day for brewing - I managed to squeeze in my 2006 Homegrown Pale Ale. I used 3oz of Homegrown Nugget and 4.5oz of Homegrown Cascade - At the left you can see that part of those additions were for first wort-hopping (FWH). The hops quite honestly still smelled "planty" so I am wondering if I harvested a little too early... but with the quantity I used, I am hoping this year's batch has more hop armoa and flavor than last - The 2005 batch tasted more like a bock beer than a pale ale. My gravity came in around 1.061 so it should have plenty of kick.

Finally, Joe from How Do You Brew? ordered and received some stuff for me that I am really excited about - he ordered Wyeast 3864 Canadian Belgian, a seasonal offering that is supposedly the Unibroue strain and 2 cases of Belgian-style beer bottles... YEAH! As it turns out, his supplier just started carrying them recently. They cost a small fortune ($20/case of 12), however they are available. When spring comes I will probably buy some cases cheaper through Victory Brewing, however these should help fill the interim between now and April/May. I still need your empties, if you've got 'em!!

Monday, December 04, 2006

 

Harald Ackermann


Check out fellow brewer from Germany, Harald Ackermann's website! You can listen to a song that he wrote and performed! Sounds good!