Friday, February 26, 2010

Rogue Yellow Snow Clone Tasting

Hurray! No problems so far with my Rogue Yellow Snow Clone. The carbonation is just about perfect and I can't seem to detect any off flavors yet. Needless to say, some of the bottles that may be more oxidized (see earlier posts) are first in line to be consumed. I still have about three gallons of new beer inspired by Rogue Brutal Bitter that should be ready to package in the next couple days. I'm not sure yet if I'll try the Wyeast VSS Rogue Pacman yeast on a third brew.

Been combing through links on this blog as my old site called the Marcobrau Beer Pages will be going down at end of next month. I'm working on salvaging bits and pieces of the old site that I think are most relevant or interesting and I'll likely link to those parts from this blog. The old site is quite a trip down memory lane as I have links to content from more than 10 years ago. It may sound dramatic, but it's the end of an era. The internet is a very different place today than it was 10 years ago. Nowadays, between this blog and Twitter I feel like I can get my point across of publicly chronicling my homebrewing experiences and general beer geekiness quite well.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Rogue Yellow Snow Inspired Recipe Gets Brewed

Busy brewing this weekend: brewed a new IPA inspired by Rogue Brutal Bitter and bottled the Rogue Yellow Snow clone. I brewed the new batch first, then bottled the Yellow Snow while the freshly brewed batch was cooling. The bottling didn't go well. First, the transfer hose came off the spigot of the bottling bucket and beer spilled everywhere; then I had trouble getting the beer to flow through the hose once it was reconnected. I lost patience and ended up filling almost a dozen bottles by placing the bottle directly under the spigot. In theory this should be an aeration/oxidation nightmare and the finished the should taste like cardboard, but I'm not too worried because I dry-hopped the heck out of this beer with two ounces of Amarillo. I'm thinking the dry hops might cover up any oxidation. At least half the batch got bottled the right way.

The brewing part of the day went fine without any problems. I'm expected the beer to take off pretty quickly since I racked it on top of slurry and I wasn't disappointed. A healthy krausen developed in about five hours.