Today we are brewing a Belgian Wit that will be heavy on the coriander (i.e., 1 tsp). We’re looking forward to drinking this beer around the summer solstice. Wit beer seems just right for porch drinking, right?
- 3 lbs pilsner
- 1 lb torrified wheat
- 4 oz white wheat malt
- 3 lbs 4.8 oz wheat liquid extract
- 1 oz Celeia hops (2.8%)
- .4 oz bitter orange peel
- 1 pkg Belgian Wit ale yeast (WLP400)
We are using distilled water and a new aerator for the wort. Should be about 4.6% abv.
Our friends at Beerology helped us with the recipe.
Since the last time we made beer, Erin and I have traveled to: Israel, Jordan, Russia, Florida, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Cuba, and Erin also went to work for 3 weeks in the Netherlands and to Austria.
This beer was partly inspired by an homage to the Beatles we saw from the bus in Santa Clara, Cuba. We missed the John Lennon statue in Havana, but caught a glimpse of the street corner below.
Additionally, in thinking about how this beer will be ready on the summer solstice, we figured “Here Comes the Sun” was an apt name for this beer, to be infused with sunshine and yellow happiness.
My friend Dana Allen once asked my favorite Indigo Girls album. I decided that my favorite wasn’t their best, and feel the same about Abbey Road. Although my favorite Beatles album is Revolver, I think Abbey Road is their best. And on some days this is my favorite album. Fun fact: The entirety of the lyrics of “Octopus’s Garden” are in my dissertation, to highlight a theme about sense of belonging at a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS.
Boy, I am all over the place on this blog post. Thanks for hanging in there.
“Here Comes the Sun” is a brilliant piece by George Harrison and was recorded in 1969. John Lennon (my favorite Beatle) did not play on this one.
Harrison states in his autobiography, I, Me, Mine:
“Here Comes the Sun” was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that.’ Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton‘s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote “Here Comes the Sun”.
More facts from Wikipedia:
When interviewed in the Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Clapton said he believed the month was April. Data from two meteorological stations in the London area show that April 1969 set a record for sunlight hours for the 1960s. The Greenwich station recorded 189 hours for April, a high that was not beaten until 1984. The Greenwich data also show that February and March were much colder than the norm for the 1960s, which would account for Harrison’s reference to a “long, cold, lonely winter”.
Here is George performing the song acoustically and with Spanish subtitles. RIP, George Harrison.