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3:20 PM Beer

Posted by Maggie on May 15, 2010

Oh the Joy!  My husband just took the kids to see his parents for the weekend.  I just dropped my mom back at her retirement home.  It is 3:20 in the afternoon and I just open a delicious pale ale.  Normally, drinking before 5:00 PM is verboten but it is so rare to have the house to myself for a couple of days.  I will celebrate by enjoying a couple of my homemade ales.  If I hadn’t brewed this myself, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much.  There is nothing like the fruits of our labor.  While children come first, the truest fruits of labor, hobbies can keep us mothers same and happy.  Especially hobbies that make delicious consumables.

Brewing beer and taking care of children is such a natural combination.  My toddler talks about my beer making all the time.  One of the teachers at his preschool a few weeks ago asked to talk to me about an incident when she was trying to have a tea party with him but he wanted to have a beer party instead.  She wanted to know what that was all about.   I was tempted to tell her that we give him beer with his dinner but resisted.  I just explained that I make beer and he loves to watch.  That is pretty much the truth.


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My Next Beer – ‘European’ Ale #9

Posted by Maggie on May 15, 2010

Next week, I will be brewing a European Ale (so named for the yeast) with the following ingredients for a three-gallon batch:

  • Specialty Malts:  0.5 lb. Honey Malt, 0.5 lb. Caravienna
  • 3 lb. Pilsen DME (this will be a light summer beer for hot days)
  • Hops:  0.5 oz. Cascade at 60 min. and 0.5 oz. Amarillo at 10 min.
  • European Ale Yeast, White Labs 011

I suspect that the Amarillo will give it a slightly bitter finish to balance the honey malt.  Hopefully not too bitter.   I will post comments in the future on how it comes out.

Jun 26:  This sat in the primary fermenter for a week and then I racked it to a three gallon carboy and let it sit for 2 more week.  It has now been in the bottle for two weeks and is quite good.  I don’t like it as well as #7 but it is better than #10, which had the same yeast but did not have a secondary fermentation and started at a warmer temperature.

I have noticed that some of the bottles are far more carbonated than others.  Either the priming sugar was not mixed into the brew well or the yeast was uneven.

Now that the bottles have sat for longer, I think that this is just too bland.  It would be fine if you are used to Bud, but it isn’t as good as some of the other recipes I have tried.  I don’t like really hoppy ales but this isn’t hoppy enough.   Maybe the yeast also makes a blander brew.  Well, there are only a couple of bottles left so it won’t go to waste. (Only to my waist perhaps.  Ha ha ha.)

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