on Tuesday, Ernie and I kegged 15 gallons of pale ale to be served at his party. This is one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of (not including marriage and children, of course). It is a rebrew of the amazing SMaSH/1&1 using 2 row and cascade hops. We planned to brew it to a slightly lower gravity than the first time so it is more drinkable to the masses. We also didn't have enough 2 row for the lower gravity so this one clocks in at only 4.5% abv as opposed to the previous brew which was about 6%. Preliminary taste test were very good and I can't wait to try it once it is properly carbonated and chilled.
As the title states I have finished my very first keg of homebrewed beer. This is a satisfying moment not just because the beer was subpar but because I did it. it happened on my fourth pour of the day whilst Ernie and I were brewing a Munich SMaSH with munich malt (duh) and hallertau hops. We had incredibly good efficiency and decided to put European ale yeast in to two fermenters each with 4 gallons and lager yeast in a carboy with 3.5 gallons wort topped of to 5 gallons with water. We decided to water down the lager because it would have ended up being about 7% abv and that was not what we were going for this time around. Next up we will brew a British super SMaSH with Marris Otter and Fuggles. this beer will be very interesting if the plan comes together as well as we hope
I got tickets to the GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL. We are going on Thurs. night and the members only Sat. afternoon sessions. On Friday I think the plan is to explore the wonders that is Denver and perhaps experience the wonderous variety of beers. This is very exciting as the fest sold out rather quickly but not before I got tickets. This will be my first time at the fest and I don't quite know what to expect but that is part of the fun. Good times.
Since last post I've been on vacation but I have much to report on. The keg is getting drank rapidly. I think its too easy to pour a pint or top off a glass so I have found myself drinking a lot. Perhaps once the novelty wears off I can slow down. Ernie and I brewed 15 gallons of pale ale for his labor day party. This was a bit of a challenge but a fun adventure . This weekend we will brew a German SMaSH, munich and halertau. We intend to lager 5 gallons and ale the other 5. Once the kegs are kicked we will move the pale ale into them in preparation for the labor day party.
I stiLl have tons of bottled beer. I have al least a few from just about every batch we have brewed together. I must say that I absolutely love being able to decide what kind of beer I'll drink at night or for dinner or whatever. Having the choice is realy a cool thing.
Next up, I think we may brew an old ale 1 & 1 with marris otter and fuggles. We're still working out the details but it sounds like its coming together. Good times.
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