Monday, May 30, 2005

Siamese Dream?

My ambitious "next batch", Siamese Dream, (see below) is getting shelved for now in favor of a well-hopped blonde ale. The inspiration for this batch is Bell's Third Coast Beer a very dry, light-bodied pale ale from Michigan. I just love the citrusy and grassy hops in this beer and the powerfully bitter and dry finish. I've been enjoying my American wheat beer that I've brewed, but it's left me wanting something a bit hoppier.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Well, I've brewed some more wheat beer, but I haven't cracked a bottle yet. I'm really pleased with how the last batch turned out. I'm really liking this all-grain brewing. I don't know if I'll ever be able to use extract again. I think what I like about all-grain brewing is the freshness of the beer and how the temperature of the mash can affect the body of the beer. I'm also amazed at how light colored my last couple of brews have been; I always tried to brew light-colored brews before with malt extract, but it just didn't work.