In keeping with my current trend of brewing a low-gravity session beer every few batches, I’m brewing this to kick off a set of beers with WLP090. I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I’m going to brew a very low gravity American Pale Ale. It’ll be something similar to Lagunitas Daytime IPA, or even Firestone’s Mission St. Pale ale, only smaller yet.The goal is to keep the OG at or around 1.035, but hop this beer as I would a 1.055 Pale Ale.
I’m a member at a local Crossfit gym. As every Crossfit affiliate is independently owned and operated, there are some awesome ones, and less than awesome ones. I’m really thankful to be part of an awesome one, and an awesome one that loves craft beer. East Valley Crossfit hosts a Crossfit or lifting event a few times per year, and whenever feasible, I try to brew a batch for those events.
I love this beer. The first time I tried it, I dreamed of making an IPA this tasty. I’ll save us a lot of time blabbering on about the recipe, as I covered it pretty well here. I never did figure out which yeast to use, but WLP007 has done pretty well in the past cloning Stone beers, so I decided to roll with it.
I’ve been wanting to brew a Chocolate Coffee Stout for awhile now, but especially since getting my hands on some amazing coffee. Late last year, my fiance found some incredible coffee from a shop called Old Bisbee Roasters. This guy doesn’t roast the coffee until you buy it, and since Bisbee is only a few hours from Phoenix, we get the coffee the next day. Anyway, he occasionally gets this one variety, Bali Blue Krishna, and let me tell you, it’s like heaven on earth. I had to brew a beer with it.
I’m not sure if too many people noticed, but there’s a new tab on the top of my blog called Temp Monitor. Using a Raspberry Pi, I’m able to monitor my fermentation temperatures in real-time from anywhere, and I’m pretty flipping giddy about it. The values on the page auto-update every 15 seconds, and the graphs will update with every page-refresh. I figured this would be a cool idea for a writeup, so here it is.
West-Coast Amber Ale is one of my favorite styles of beer. They’re big, malty, hoppy, but most importantly, drinkable; what’s not to like? Since I have a pitch of Chico-like yeast ready to pitch, it seemed like a great time to brew another batch of my Amber Ale. I’m brewing nearly the same recipe as last time, only making a color adjustment, and a few hop tweaks. I’m swapping out Centennial/Amarillo for Falconer’s Flight at the 10 minute addition (just to use up some 2011 FF). I did want to play with the dry hop schedule a bit, so I employed the dry hopping test method we talked about here. I used Sierra Nevada Pale Ale instead of Bud Light, which worked fabulously well. I dosed four bottles, each with it’s own dry hop ratio.
I was going to hold off brewing this for another month or so, but screw it, I want some Younger now! Kristen and I were recently back in California, and made our way up to RRBC to try Younger; it was awesome. So I shuffled around some beers, and I’m brewing this next.
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you; I’m dry hopping Bud Light today. I borrowed this idea from one of the brewers at Anchor Brewing. He mentioned on a Brewing Network interview that this is his favorite way to see the differences between different hop varieties. They just buy a 12er of Bud Light, pop the caps, drop in a few pellets, and then taste the differences. It sounded like a great idea to me, so here we go!
Union Jack. Probably my favorite beer in the country. It’s over-the-top hoppy, but in a floral and sweet citrus sort of way. It has a big malty flavor, but it isn’t cloying in the slightest. I just love this beer. It unfortunately gets me in trouble because I have a habit of drinking it like it’s going out of style, but that’s another story.