Due to some general business around the house, the brewing of "Irish Pride" will have to be delayed until next week. I am also thinking about dong a combo platter and brewing up a variation of an MB recipe that I will dub: "Nightfall Ale". Dueling LBKs anyone?
the progress of AvenTINY is coming along nicely. the krausen level has fallen out, so it should be a tame looking next 10 days while it finishes fermenting in the 68° neighborhood. now it smells like rotten egg beer...a step up from the all-out sulfur bomb it was a couple days ago. still hoping that it completely fades away by the 3rd or 4th of April (anticipated bottling day).
Aley Cat is REALLY a good beer. I think I just about nailed that one. the flavors and mouthfeel are quite nice, and this is a HIGHLY drinkable pale ale. I really could not be happier that it ended up the way it has! that being said, I have tweaked my recipe for this one (well off in the future...too many other recipes to try!) to go with an actual bittering hop (such as Warrior) and save the rest of the Cascades for a dry hop addition. I can't see why this wouldn't be a hit...
well, tomorrow morning I am placing my next order for 2 beers' worth of supplies, a 1000mL flask, and 2 pouches of liquid yeast (from Wyeast labs). the plan is to "ranch" each of the yeast packs into 3-4 mason jars after running the little guys through a starter. this way I can get multiple uses from each pack of yeast (going to try to stretch it out over the entire year...not bad for less than $25 if you add in the cost of the flask too). the process seems easy enough, so we shall see.
and as far as the 2 upcoming recipes...I am leaning towards my stout and Aventinus-inspired weizenbock. but my Hoppy Kitty IPA just wants to be brewed, and I still have not nailed a real hefeweizen yet, oh decisions decisions!
Higgs - LBBP Est. 2009