It’s going to be a great autumn

When I came back from a trip this summer, a month away from home, I had a lot of beer in my cellar that I had brewed in May and June and that had begun to lose its most appealing characteristics.  Less hoppy IPAs, slightly off wheat, overly tangy Farmhouse ale, and a brown ale that, while brown, never really tasted how I wanted.

In the past few weeks I’ve begun brewing in earnest (as you might have been able to tell from my posts).  About three weeks ago I brewed half batches (2.5 Gal) of an American Pale Ale and a Sweet Stout.  Both were based upon the guidelines in Brewing Classic Styles.  The stout was okay, though I may have mis calculated the hops, because it’s bitter.  It’s also not got the body I want in a stout.

But the APA?  I have to say, I’m very happy with it.  Light hops on the nose, but less so on the palate.  An APA is a mellower version of the American IPA, which is a much hoppier version of the British classic.  This APA will be a crowd pleaser, I can tell.  Not too bitter to turn people off, but with enough character to satisfy those of us who are beer snobs.  I only wish I had done a full batch, because I only have about 25 left.

Meanwhile, the IPA continues to ferment away, and the raspberry porter, too.  They are both about a week from the next steps–I’ll bottle the porter, and rack the IPA to a secondary fermenter so I can dry hop it (put new hops into the mix to add more hop flavour and mostly aroma).  After that, who knows?  I have a pumpkin porter recipe I’m going to try, but need to get my hands on a few pounds of pumpkin.

In the back of my head is the niggling reminder that my Russian Imperial Stout remains flat.

Well, life’s not perfect.

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About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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One Response to It’s going to be a great autumn

  1. Keri says:

    Pumpkin porter?! That sounds fantastic!

    If you ever need a taste tester, you know where to find me! 🙂

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