Brewing in the Ark

It’s been raining a ridiculous amount the last day and a half. Last I checked, we’ve had about 7 inches and it’s still coming down.  It’s very reminiscent of the rains we had last June with the flood. Now, even though creeks and such are well out of their banks, this is nothing compared to those rains when it did this for several weeks on end. Nonetheless, I’m sure this is bringing back some bad memories for the folks who lost their houses last summer.  I’m thinking of building and ark just in case.

And in the meantime, I felt the need to brew before the fall got too crazy. We’re in the midst of freshman orientation/advising week, but I didn’t have to go to campus this morning so I took the opportunity to brew. Went for a pretty standard, classic English style pale ale. It’s the first time I’ve brewed since surgery last fall. Felt good to brew again.  Here’s the beer:

1/2 lb toasted malt
1/2 lb cara-pils
soaked grains in 1 gallon 170 degree water for 1/2 hour
6 lbs northern brewer pale malt extract
1 lb Munton & Fison’s dried pale malt extract
4 gallons water
boil for 1 hour
1 oz Kent Goldings (4.9%) boil for 60 minutes
1 oz Fuggles (4.6%) boil for 60 minutes
1/2 oz Fuggles (4.6%) boil for final 20 minutes
1 oz Kent Goldings (4.9%) boil for final 5 minutes
Irish Moss in boil for final 5 minutes
Cooled wort, aerated and added a starter of Wyeast  London Ale yeast.
Will ferment at 75% and wait
Original Gravity = 1.059

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One Response to “Brewing in the Ark”

  1. cbdilger Says:

    Yes! I bought supplies for a pale myself. It’s been over a year since I brewed anything. Far too long. And the cost of commercial beer is going up, up, up. Time to clean the ole fermenters…

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