Monday, January 25, 2021

Batch #207 ~ Rye IPA

 

This India Pale Ale with Rye grains was brewed with 2-Row and Rye malts, US Fuggle and Helga hops pellets, fermented with Safale S-33 yeast, and dry hopped with Helga pellets during the secondary fermentation.

I chose the photo of California hillsides on fire, off the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge, to remind us that our activities are causing climate extremes, including wildfires across the west every summer.

Perhaps I should be making my "climate warning" label with a picture of Chinese or Dutch people riding bicycles?

Shine On Conservation!

MT

Batch #206 ~ Amber ESB




This Extra Special Bitter Ale was brewed with a medium dark "Crystal 150L" malt, Helga and Cascade pellet hops, and fermented with Safale K-97 Dry Ale Yeast.  The label celebrates our Superheroes, the Medical Professionals who have literally carried us as we battle the COVID pandemic.

A Toast to our SuperHeroes!

MT

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Batch #205 - "Homebrew:30" - Belgian Abbey Ale


 One last photo from the slide archive, this label celebrates a sunset scene on my grandparents' old farm in Sandusky, Ohio, with an old broken down compost spreader in the foreground.  Brewed with 2-Row and Breiss Aromatic malts, US Fuggle and Cascade hops, and fermented with Mangrove Jack's Belgian Abbey Ale yeast, this ale came through with a clean 6.0% abv.

Cheers!

MT

Batch #204 - "Light Dance American Pale Ale"

 

I brewed this ale in late August 2020, using an even finer setting on my grain mill, this translated 24# of barley malt into a 7.25% abv beer.  The "sparge", or "hot rinsing" process to extract the sugars from the grain, took a full hour this time, so I've created a sparging setup that allows me to let it happen without my constant presence.  Brew day takes an extra half-hour as a result, but worth it.

This label photo is another slide from the 70's, taken with an SLR camera, sitting on my left shoulder while driving south on the New Jersey Turnpike, with the shutter open for a few seconds, to record the "dancing lights" of oil refineries beside the highway.

Cheers!

MT

Batch #203 - "Special Roast Ale"

 


Here's a photo of my lovely wife Jan, in the early days of our lives together, enjoying some Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs, steamed and coated with Old Bay Seasoning.  When we visit her dad in Hilton Head Island SC, we go to the "Piggly Wiggly" supermarket, and order locally caught live blue crabs, for just such a feast.

This ale was brewed in late July 2020, using 2-Row and Special Roast barley malts, with US Fuggle and Cascade hops, fermented with Safale T-58 yeast, finishing with an abv of 7.5%.

Cheers!

MT

Batch #202 - "Time Face Nut Brown Ale"

 

I bought a small slide-digitizer this summer, and began the long process of sorting through old photos, saving the best ones in digital format.  I came across this photo from my college days in NYC, in the early 70's.  At the Metropolitan Museum on Central Park, I saw these faces staring at each other across centuries of time, from the end of the display case.  Hello, past!  Hello, future!

This batch was brewed in July, with 2-Row and Aromatic Munich malted barleys, as well as some Munich Malt LME.  it was bittered with all US Fuggle hops pellets (owing to the fact I was given a couple pounds of these pellets a couple years ago, and I'll keep using them until they're gone.  I used Safale T-58 yeast to ferment this ale, and it finished with a 6.5% abv.

Cheers!

MT

Batch #201 - "Biscuit Rye Ale"

 


Brewed in May 2020, with 2-row barley, biscuit and rye grains, along with US Fuggle pellet and Cascade leaf hops, and fermented with Safale S-33 yeast, this ale finished with a 7.0% abv.  Right about this time, Comet NeoWise was making its way around the sun, and brightening our early morning sky.  Here's to you, NEOWISE!  I hope you've brought us some new wisdom, we can surely use it.

MT