Monthly Archive for October, 2006

chip clip

I dropped a chip clip into a keg while siphoning my fresh hop beer. The clip was holding the racking cane and slipped off the tube, falling directly into the small mouth of the keg. The break in the foam was almost a perfect outline of the chip clip. I hope it doesn’t ruin the beer – it’s quite good.

Ninkasi Interview at Belmont Blog

There’s a great interview with the Ninkasi folks over at the Belmont Station blog. Answers a lot of questions about the who, what, and where of this new brewery. Mmm… IPA

Squash; My wife. Again.

With Michelle’s help, I brewed another batch of Squash; My Wife, Spiced Ale. This time I only used sweet meat squash and had to skip fresh ground ginger for the dried variety. Also, I steeped half the squash for 45 minutes with the grain, and boiled the other half. The O.G. was 1.054 and the taste is delightful. Here’s the recipe:

Grain bill:

  • 7 lbs LME
  • 1 lbs domestic 2-row
  • 0.5 lbs Crystal 80L
  • 0.5 lbs Crystal 40L

Hops:

  • 2 oz Vanguard @ 60 min. (4.4% aa)
  • 2 oz Vanguard @ 10 min.

Misc:

  • Fermentis Safale S-04 dry yeast (with 1 liter starter)
  • 10 lbs sweet meat squash, cubed and baked
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp allspice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp dried ginger

Michelle cubed and baked all the squash and prepped spices, and since she enjoys the spice addition, we may add more to secondary if the flavors mellow when racking. So far it tastes great. I tried the steeped and boiled squash and both were bland and stringy – a good sign that the fermentable sugar and flavor had been extracted.

Scott's all grain dubbel

Sunday I “helped” Scott brew an all grain batch of a Belgian dubbel. I’ve never brewed all-grain before, and he’s only done it with the assistance of an experienced brewer, so it was uncharted territory. The wort came out around 1.075 and the taste and color seemed to be right now. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. Speaking of waiting – it takes a long time to do an all-grain batch.

Hop Fire in Yakima

A warehouse fire in Yakima yesterday destroyed a whopping 4% of the domestic hops. Noooo!

update: Got word from my father-in-law that the fire consisted mostly of high alpha varietals like Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus. Might be a good year to tone down the IBUs….