Sunday, November 15, 2009

Winter Ale and European Lager (and mix)

96 bottle of beer on my floor, 96 bottles of beer..

I think it's pretty safe to say my creative writing here is done, so I figure I'll write about homebrewing when I get the urge.

Tonight I bottled two beers. My 3rd time doing the same European Lager, and a Winter Ale I threw together.

When Kym got me the brewing equipment the guy at the store also sold her a simple Coopers European Lager and 3 lbs DME. It's a yellow beer drinker favorite and I've made it about every 3 months since I first started brewing early this year.

I wanted a Winter Ale and wasn't too into all the kits I looked at. They seemed too spicy or too dark. I wanted a mildly spicy Amber ale, so I made up my own.
1/2 Crystal 60
1/2 Carapils 20
6.6 lbs Amber liquid extract
1 oz Vanguard 60 min
1 oz Cascade 15 min
Wyeast 1028 London Ale
spices (10 min)
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 t 1loves
1/2 t ginger
1 t vaniall extract
2 cinnamon sticks

O.G 1.050
F.G 1.016

When bottling tonight I decided to try something different. I took a gallon from each of the fermentors and mixed then and got about a case worth of a european winter lager/ale. We'll see how that turns out...

I love my homebrews but they don't taste as good as this Dogfish Punkin Ale did.


Melissa said...

James has decided he wants to brew his own beer recently. I think he just bought his fourth book on the process. You two should start a brewing business where you have the northeastern market and he has the southwest.

Tim said...

It's fun and addicting. Good thing there's nothing wrong with being addicted to beer...

Tim said...

And I don't think many homebrewers will admit this but Homebrewing for Dummies was probably my favorite book on the subject

Melissa said...

That's good to know because he has that one. His uncle also gave him a whisky still for the wedding in case y'all decide you want to graduate from beer to moonshine.

Oh great One said...

I think it's a cool hobby!

egan said...

I haven't honestly tasted a homebrew batch I didn't like. Maybe it's a good thing I don't live near you.

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Geist said...
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Geist said...

It's wonderfull create his own beer!!

i think of homebrewing something trappist one day!!