Saturday, July 23, 2011
7 lbs. Maris Otter
.5 lbs. Biscuit Malt
.5 lbs. Amber Malt
.5 lbs. Belgian Dark Candi syrup, 90L (amazing stuff)
Mash at 152° for 45 minutes and then raise to 158° for the last 15
1 oz. Challenger hops (7.7%AA) @90 min
.5 oz. East Kent Goldings (7.2%AA) @15
1.5 lbs dried black mission figs (these were amazingly good)@10
.5 T cinnamon @1
.5 T nutmeg @1
1 T ginger @1
Danstar Nottingham Yeast (no starter made)
OG: 1.096 (oh yeah!)
Also added some French oak to my Belgian Christmas ale today. I've been soaking some oak chips in rum to add to the Figgy Pudding Ale. Delicious!
Additionally, Ryan of Ryan Brews fame (check him out!) has asked me to do a review of the Belgian Table Beer for his blog and the HomebrewTalk recipe database. It is delicious and I am looking forward to giving it a review.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I figured I should do a quick entry since I haven't updated in quite a while, just to let people know what's up with Jeff's Delicious Homebrew hobby. Here's the skinny:
- I've been enjoying the Cicada Imperial Red for a little while, and I'm already halfway through it. It's just so delicious I can hardly stop drinking it.
- The first bottles of the Belgian Table Beer have been tasted, and it is awesome. Perfect summer beer...it is light and refreshing but not lacking in flavor...complex in its simplicity...sorry, you caught me in a moment there. Anyway, I can already tell that one won't last long either. Friends, family, and coworkers have already given it the A-OK.
- I've been wanting to brew my English Christmas Ale (Figgy Pudding Ale) for a while, and this weekend seemed like the perfect time to do it. Unfortunately, the Nashville tap water currently tastes like moldy potting soil. If I brew, it may have to be with some jugs of distilled water and a little bit of gypsum/Burton water salts. More on that soon.
- With all of these batches being drank so quickly, I think I may have to squeeze in one more batch this summer. I am currently wavering between a few (rather) different ideas. Right now, I'm trying to decide between Berliner Weisse, SMaSH Ordinary Bitter, and an all-grain adaptation of Sunny's Ginger Wit. Suggestions welcome