RSS

Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hops

Here’s a nice article that lists types of hops. Plus, it’s from Michigan! Yes, Michigan – the feeling’s forever.

http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/shore/food-and-drink/hops-harvest-one-of-michigan-s-historic-staple-crops-is/article_2de37201-2732-531c-9296-e8abebcd03f5.html

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

BARRAcuda

This is a 1-gallon batch brewed with cider from juiced apples from Barra’s yard. We do not know the name of the apples – they are a mystery, just like Barra!

While brewing, Erin added chunks of ginger and 1 pound of dry malt extract left over from some other brewing project, and some simple common ale yeast. No maltodextrin because it didn’t need any sweetness. The brew sat for about a month, until it clarified.

I’m not a fan of ciders, but my goodness, this is damn good. I mean, really good. It IS after 12 on a Sunday, so it’s not an uncouth time to be drinking, right?

Not only is Barra awesome in many ways, but the song “Barracuda” captures her awesome fierceness perfectly.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Goat Rodeo Doppelbock

Bock in German means GOAT. That’s why there are goats on bock labels. Goats are awesome. Goats have spectacular balance and coordination, and some even jump up to 5 feet high!

  • A troop of goats is called a trip.
  • Goats are great swimmers.
  • Goats discovered coffee beans.
  • Goats have rectangular eyes that allow them to see better in the dark.

Doppelbock is fuller-bodied, and a stronger and maltier version of bock, such as my beloved Texas Shiner Bock (the beer that accompanied me through my doctoral program). This should be a nice early winter drink when it’s ready in 6 weeks or so.

Ingredients: DME: Munich and Extra Light, Grains: Vienna, Light Munich, Melanoidin, Hops: 1/2 of our own Mt. Hood (bittering), and 1/2 of our own Mt. Hood (aroma – 5 minutes), and yeast: German Ale 1007.

Why Goat Rodeo? The Goat Rodeo sessions was a project that brought together cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile. Aoife O’Donovan (of Crooked Still, one of our favorite bands ever) also sings on 2 tracks.  A “goat rodeo” refers to a chaotic situation with no order or sense, and with different and potentially competing agendas/perspectives/outlooks on the situation. The music that came out of these artists in their goat rodeo is pretty fantastic.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Nevermind IPA

Today we are brewing an IPA with our very own hops! Hooray! The Cascade and Mt. Hood vines were quite vigorous this summer, taking over the porch and front of the house with green, scenty lusciousness.

This IPA is based on a recipe from Yankee Brewer.
6 lbs LME
16 oz. pale malt grain
1 oz. dark crystal malt grain
Cascade hops
Dry ale yeast

We’ll be dry hopping this in a week or so.

Cascade hops being weighed.

Cascade hops being weighed.

So, why “Nevermind”? Well, the Cascade hops have some ancient origins in the Pacific Northwest, which is where Nirvana lived. And, Erin and I have read some articles about Nirvana recently, such as this and this.

We hope this IPA captures the Pacific Northwest raw and intense vibes. But not the grunge part. No, we do not our beer to taste grungy. Beer: we want to drain you.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized