Saturday, May 7, 2016

Superfidy Blood Orange Pale Ale

per·fi·dy
ˈpərfidē/
noun
literary
  1. duplicity; betrayal.
    synonyms:disloyaltyinfidelity,faithlessness.

Ever since Elysian Brewing decided to join the "big leagues" and sell to InBev, I've been looking to cut ties. You won't hear me praise the brewery I once hailed as the best of Seattle. I gave my Elysian hoodie to the thrift store. I actively avoid Elysian when buying beer. Except -- I can't seem to quit Superfuzz. So, I needed to find a good alternative to Budweiser.

I started with a great clone recipe from 12 Angry Brews. I've got a baby under a year old, so I went to my mom's house and we scaled this one up to 20 gallons - 5 for her, 15 for me. 12 Angry brews asked me to zest blood oranges - I opted to make an oleo saccharum of the peels (a skill I learned from David Wondrich's book, "Punch") to maximize the oil extraction. In an attempt to retain more of the complex aromas of the peels I will add the oleo saccarum to one of the fermenters in the secondary, and see if it does better than that of the one I added along with the yeast in the primary. I did find the blood orange puree at Pike Place as mentioned in the 12 Angry brews article - a $25 concentrate from "The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley".

After the break, you will find the recipe.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The State of the Brewhouse

It's been a long time since I have given an update of what I am up to on the homebrewing front. So I wanted to share a little of what I currently have set up to make brewing convenient and enjoyable. With two young kids, it's all about being able to squeeze in a brew session at the drop of a hat. When brewing all-grain beers, the first thing you need to brew on a whim is a grain mill:


Oh, and the drill or a motor of some kind to drive it is a big plus. With this in place, grain in stock, and some dried yeast in the freezer, I am ready to brew on a moment's notice. This is a Monster Mill. It has put up with some abuse, keeps a good grind locked in, and has been a solid addition to my brewery for the 5 years or so I've had it. I should note that the drill is from a pawn shop. Great resource for cheap tools.

Molly Stout

Molly's birthday was just a few days ago and this momentous occasion called for a good spring beer to offer party guests. Sadie was kind enough to grace the brewhouse as I brewed Molly Stout:


The beer is ok - it kind of has that nutty taste I'm not too fond of in browns and darker beers, but usually only on the first few sips.

I put some cold brew coffee into half of it, but I haven't got around to kegging that portion, so I'll have to report back on if that was a good idea.

Vitals after the break: