Another weekend, another weekend of beer. Tough life. I know…
New Organic Recipe
My latest attempt at a base recipe for beer experimentation has turned out well:
A little hoppy, but I was kind of going for that kind of flavor profile because I found the previous homebrews a little “light” on the aftertaste. I felt that upping the hops would take care of the falling off flavor profile. It did the trick. The bitterness is about right, but I do not know that the aroma is quite there yet. I guess that I will have to brew some more beer. Damn!
Another batch is due to be ready for drinking on Friday. The difference between the new batch and the prior batch is the hops and yeast used. I will be very interested to see if I can tell any difference between Wyeast 1056 American Ale versus Wyeast 1272 American Ale II.
Going a Different Route
This spring I decided to try a few different styles via Northern Brewer extract kits: California Common with Wyeast 2112 California Lager, Irish Red Ale with Wyeast 1272 American Ale II, and the Innkeeper with Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale.
I am really excited to try all three, but the California Common has me most jazzed. It taked me back to my days as a graduate student in history at the University of Iowa where a friend introduced me to the charms of Anchor Steam. Simpler times.
The Innkeeper is already in the carboy and it is krausened! The reviews across the Internet are nothing but complimentary for what is produced by this recipe. Oh yeah!
Near the town where I went to high school and college Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company is starting to put out some unique beers. Auroch’s Horn, some brewed with sweet rhubarb, is the mainstay of their production right now:
The hop profile is near perfect. However, the beer is potent. How potent? Approximately 10% ABV, which is a little sporty for me. I like a beer that I can repeat drink over the course of the evening. Spend too much time drinking these and you will end up in a ditch like that guy in the DirecTV ad. I like eyepatches.
I know some of the people involved in this operation, so I am hoping to schedule a visit to get a first hand look at how things come together.
A Lot to Try
My next trip to the Twin Cities is shaping up to be a metro wide beer hunt. My brother is working up a list of establishments that will allow us to sample the best of Fulton Beer, Lift Bridge Beer Company, Harriet Brewing, Boom Island Brewing Company, and Steel Toe Brewing. Good times.