Late Summer Flurry

The summer slipped by far too fast. Things kept getting in the way and I really didn’t manage to do half of the fun things I was planning on. I got the work side of things done, but the fun parts seemed to disappear. Didn’t get to saint louis. Didn’t get to minneapolis. Didn’t go camping or canoeing. Etc. We were planning a long labor day trip to minneapolis but a million republicans made that hard to do. We managed, though, a quick trip to see CBD and Erin and Madelyn. Always a treat to see them, and while this also was too quick of a trip, we had a great time. The weather was perfect for a nice cookout and homemade ice cream and beer late into the starry night. You can see Bradley’s beer line up here. I especially enjoyed the Lagunitas Gnarly Wine. I’m not always a barley wine fan. It’s a challenging beer to have any sense of balance. When it’s good, wow, but when it’s not it’s a difficult beer to drink. This Lagunitas is excellent though. A strong roast flavor balanced with a bit of fruitiness and a dry hoppy finish with a warming alcohol flavor. Lagunitas is currently one of my favorite breweries and this didn’t disappoint. We added a few nice beers to the mix, including the Double Wide IPA and a limited release Stone, the Vertical Epic Ale 08-08-08. The epic ale I thought was amazing, powerful yeast and spice flavors with just a touch of hops. The flavors were intense and really lingered.

I also managed to keep up my feverish late-summer brewing last night and brewed a hybrid oktoberfest/steam beer. I’d mentioned earlier that I wanted an oktoberfest but couldn’t use a traditional yeast at this point. I think the steam yeast will still bring out the full malt flavor that I want in this brew:

1 lb Caramunich, steeped in a gallon 150 degree water
Sparge with a gallon of 170 degree water
Add enough water to bring to 6 gallons and boil
9 lbs. of Northern Brewer Pilsen malt extract
1 oz. Sterling hops, 6%, in boil for 60 minutes
1 oz. Hersbrucker Hallertauer, 3.3%, in boil for 45 minutes
1/2 oz. Sterling hops, 6%, in boil for 10 minutes
Chill to 75%
Add starter culture of wyeast california lager yeast

I’ll repitch the yeast for my next brew which will be a dry-hopped steam beer. (I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to say “california common.” I love the Anchor brewery as much as anyone, but I have trouble with them trademarking the name of a style that preceded them. California common sounds so boring compared to steam. Fritz Maytag: release the rights of the name!) So, at this point I have three beers in line to brew: the dry-hopped steam, a russian imperial stout, and a strong winter warmer, then I’ll shut the brewery down for awhile as duty calls and life gets too hectic again.

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4 Responses to “Late Summer Flurry”

  1. cbdilger Says:

    I liked the GnarlyWine, too. But the Epic was my favorite. Love the yeast and the complexity.

  2. GJF Says:

    So much good beer all around. And let’s not forget that CBD pale ale. MB and I had some last night. Yummmmm…..

  3. jeff Says:

    Ah. I have one of those Epics…but not yet opened. I also have the Oatmeal Stout that just came out. Today, two new Stones are hitting the market.

  4. GJF Says:

    New Stones, yay!
    Enjoy the oatmeal stout.

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