Today we are brewing a dubbel, which is a strong brown ale in the Trappist style. We started with about three pounds of grain malts, mostly Pilsner 2 Row, with some Caramel Munich and Special B as well. After steeping and sparging, we added Pilsen light liquid extract, an ounce of fuggle hops, some yeast nutrient, Irish moss, and dark candi syrup. Yeast is Safebrew abbey ale.
We are looking forward to enjoying this beer in the spring, should it ever arrive. We will drink them on the porch. We will drink them on the river. We will drink them near the softball field. We will drink them with grilled asparagus. But first, it must stop snowing!
We call this beer Silver Lining as a tribute to First Aid Kit, a folk duo from Sweden. (Did you know they chose their band name by randomly pointing to the dictionary?) We love their song My Silver Lining and think the sisters’ two-part harmony pairs well with the “dubbel” style. The lyric that’s giving us life right now is, “I won’t take the easy road,” which is Ann’s motto for dealing with her vision. Given the choice between continuing to wear glasses, or electing Lasik surgery and its easy recovery, or chosing PRK surgery and its difficult recovery — well, you can guess where Ann stands. We thought it was a good omen, though, when we encountered in the eye doctor’s waiting room our favorite clerk from the brew supply store. Rachel and her partner Mike (who was getting vision surgery as well) distracting us with conversation about beer is probably what kept Ann from changing her mind at the last minute. So now that Ann is one day post-op, we thought brewing would be a great way to celebrate and relax. (Well, some of us are relaxing more than others.)