Thursday, April 09, 2015

Lots o' beer

So...I'm way behind on my blogging. I have about eight cases of homebrew right now. The inventory includes a case of Wee Heavy, a case or so of Wild Pale Ale (think Orval), a case or so of bitter, about a case and a half of blood orange Belgian-style IPA, a case of Belgian-style Pale Ale, a case of saison from last summer and two gallons of saison that needs to be bottled.
I should bottle tonight but we're expecting some bad weather. So, I'm waiting for said weather while sitting out on my balcony sipping some of the saison from last year. It's very flowery and has a very delicate peach/strawberry fruitiness. I used exclusively Huell Melon hops so I suspect that's why. It's also my first saison with dry yeast. The Belle Saison from Danstar. It's certainly dry enough but not as ├╝ber dry as some of my saisons. Looking back at the recipe I probably could have added some sugar. It certainly gets better as it warms up.
This is not the case for my newest saison that has lavender, black pepper, grains of paradise, star anise and coriander in it. (Less than quarter teaspoon each.) This saison should be nice and dry and cleaned up as it's sat in the fermenter for at least a month now.
Perhaps later in the evening I'll have a blood orange IPA, which does not have much orange character, but is very hoppy as I used four ounces each of Zythos and Falconer's Flight 7C's hops all built on a bed of Munich malt and fermented with Wyeast 3522 Belgian Ardennes. It is very delicious and a touch strong at 7.2 percent, so perhaps I'll take it easy and have some 21st Ammendment Down to Earth.