Ready To Drink
Last weekend I finally got to try the
Irish Red Ale and Belgian Witbier I brewed right around the new year. They had been bottled for a couple of weeks and were finally nicely carbonated. The Irish Red Ale
The Irish Red Ale was delicious. I had tried it the week before and it wasn’t quite finished carbing. This weekend it had hit it’s sweet spot.
Taste – A nice malty and bready taste with a hint of sweetness
Body – Not heavy at all, I suspect this is due to the lower mash temp I used
Bitterness -Very low bitterness. I’m not a hop-head by any means, so this was great for me.
Carbonation – Had some nice carbonation and good head retention, but wasn’t overly bubbly
Continue reading First Tastings – Irish Red Ale & Belgian Witbier
Boiling Wort in the garage when It’s -25C outside.
I decided it was time that a couple of things needed to happen with my newish home brewing hobby. First, it was time to brew up a more standard type of beer as so far I’ve only brewed: a porter, a brown, two reds, and a witbier. Second, I wanted to come up with a house beer. Something that could become one of my ‘go-to’ beers that would almost always be in the brewing pipeline somewhere.
With those two things in mind, I came up with a recipe that would fit a standard cream ale profile, however, I tweaked it a bit to add a bit more of a malt taste profile and possibly some hints of peppery spice which is a bit more along the lines of a saison style of beer.
This is probably going to be a recipe I’ll brew and tweak several times over until I get just the right taste. So to accommodate that testing and refining process, on my brew-day last Saturday I made up a split-batch of beer.
First, The Recipe!
I’ll explain the split-batch in a moment…
Continue reading First Brew of New House Beer, A Cream Ale/Saison Hybrid
Last night I finished converting a freezer into a fermentation chamber. The whole process was super easy and I’ve outlined it below if you’d like to build one yourself.
If you’re not familiar with what a fermentation chamber is, it’s basically an enclosed, insulated box (usually a fridge or freezer) where you can set and hold a specific temperature inside.
This is perfect for fermenting beer as the temperature it ferments at has a pretty dramatic effect on how well the beer ferments and how it will taste.
Getting The Parts for the Fermentation Chamber
The fermentation chamber only required three parts, a freezer, a heater, and a temperature controller that could turn the freezer or heater on and off as needed.
Kijiji.ca I found a nice sized used freezer for sale by someone who would deliver it to our house. I bought the freezer for two days ago and they delivered it last night.
It was pretty clean when it arrived but I washed it down, the wiped it with some bleach solution just to make sure it was more or less sanitized.
Continue reading Converting a Freezer Into A Fermentation Chamber
Just for fun I got looking at some homebrewing shirts and thought I’d list a bunch of my favorites here…
I love it when my wife let’s me home brew
Continue reading Just for Fun – Homebrewing Shirts I Would Wear
Happy New Year to everyone out there. My new year’s eve was pretty quiet, but it allowed me to wake up feeling rested and ready to brew up a batch of Irish Red Ale on new year’s day.
The day went awesome. I had a great time mashing and cooking.
I won’t get into the same step-by-step detail I did for the
Belgian Wit I cooked up a few days earlier since the steps were all the same, but I will detail a few new things and some interesting things that happened.
Continue reading Happy Brew Year! I Started it With an Irish Red Ale