While this is by far the lightest lineup I’ve ever had in my keezer at one time, I like how all of these turned out. Here are the styles, from left to right:
This recipe is the same as I made last year with blueberry flavoring, but with raspberry flavoring. It is a simple and clean wheat recipe that is great on its own, but the added kick that the raspberry flavoring gives it makes it just that much better.
Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Ale
I think I’ve finally gotten this recipe down exactly how I like it after 3 years of attempts. The aroma is perfect for what this style should be, just some hints of flavoring and a very slight hop character. The pumpkin spices are just strong enough to shine above the hops and malt but not so much that it is overly pumpkin-like.
Double Down Pale Ale
This one is an interesting one for me. It is a new recipe that I created to utilize 100% of my own homegrown hops. My first year of growing and only my Columbus hops grew enough to harvest for brewing. Columbus hops are usually quite strong, but I had no clue how high the alpha acids are for this first year. I used about 4 ounces in the boil and another 2 ounces dry hopping but the resulting beer is nowhere near an IPA (which was what I was going for). There is a slight hop presence though the residual sweetness in the beer makes it a whole different style. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe again next year to see the change in the hop acid strength.
I’ve been wanting to try this beer for just about as long as I can remember. Living in Pennsylvania it is sometimes quite difficult to get certain brands/styles with how antiquated our liquor laws are. I finally was able to obtain one bottle from The Fridge in Lancaster! I really only have one word..
I’m not saying it is bad. On the contrary, it is quite good. Maybe it’s a case of where I was too psyched to finally try this beer that has eluded me for years. Maybe it’s because the beer was actually quite fresh, and it should have a little more age on it. Either way it really didn’t live up to the hype. I was very impressed that for a beer with 14.9% ABV it really didn’t taste like it, but it did pack a wallop of flavor, probably mostly to the bourbon.
On a happier note I’ll be posting a couple pics/notes of the 3 beers I currently have on tap soon. I think they turned out really good (not to toot my own horn .
Its been a while since I posted something so I figured I’d update on my recent brews. Last night I kegged the 3 that have been fermenting away for a while. My last brew day consisted of a Raspberry Wheat, Pumpkin Ale, and Double IPA with my homegrown hops.
This is the 3rd year I’ve made my “Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin” and I believe the recipe has been dialed in just about right. The Double IPA that I made is based off of a previous batch I had developed, but this time I used 100% of my own hops. It was the first time I’ve ever used leaf hops so it was doubly interesting/fun to try out. I dry-hopped 2 oz for a week as well with the same type. The Wheat is the same recipe I used for my Blueberry Wheat last year, just changing up the flavor additions.
The picture shows just before siphoning into kegs. The carboys for the wheat and the IPA took quite a bit of an overflow with blowoffs in the first couple days. I didn’t even think of using a blowoff tube since the temp in the basement is a bit low but it fermented out quite nicely despite that. I’m very much looking forward to trying them out in the next week or so!
How much beer to you get in your glass when you order one at a bar? Some Michigan lawmakers have introduced a bill to ensure that if you order a pint that you are receiving at least the 16 ounces of beer that the “pint glass” is supposed to contain.
That is an interesting dilemma. Personally, whenever I go to bars I don’t usually notice that they advertise you are receiving an actual pint. Typically it would be just the name of the beer and the price on the beer menu. Sometimes if you are getting a higher gravity beer it may specify that you are getting 8 ounces, or the better bars will tell you which type of glass that you will receive your beer in. The problem would arise in the latter situation if they specify a “pint glass” as the vessel, but you only receive 14 oz of your chosen beverage.
The type of glassware pictured a the right typically holds at least 16 ounces, but the “pint glasses” that I use at home wouldn’t be able to contain that much, even if poured to the brim sans head.
Is this a major issue? No, but definitely one worth pondering over. Read more about the story here.
Browsing my “beer” keyword within my Google News feed today I noticed a recent offering from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland. Its called “Dave” and it is a 19 year old barley wine. 19 years old, wow! That would put Sam Adams Utopias to shame, age-wise that is.
The 12 bottle offering weighs in at 29% ABV, though it looks like they use the fractional freezing method (think Eisbock) of freezing and extraction to get the ABV so high. Personally I call that slightly cheating to get it that high, but that’s besides the point.
At $2,000 per bottle one would think they would last the day, but seems it sold out in just hours. I’m really curious what a $2,000 bottle of beer would taste like, so let me know if any of you purchased one. Maybe $100 for a healthy sip
Read more about it here: