Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quick updates

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 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


  1. What malt (I assume MO) and what hop would you use for a SMaSH Ordinary Bitter?

  2. Currently, I'm torn between doing a MO/EKG bitter and doing a Gambrinus ESB/Willamette American bitter. Either way, it'll definitely be with Wyeast 1968. That stuff is perfect for bitters.