Saturday, September 08, 2018

This poor, neglected blog....I have been brewing again and I've brewed a few beers since January(!) including my annual fresh hop English Strong Bitter, a Black IPA and two saisons. The English Strong Bitter was made with fresh Chinook hops from my friend Eric Keeley, it was a good batch and went quickly. I used some of the same hops for the Belgian Black IPA with Wyeast 3711, along with some Simcoe Cryo hops. It was my first time using Cryo Hops and I was very impressed. I was told that this was one of my best beers. Following that batch I brewed a recipe I call Japanese Sunshine. I use Sorachi Ace hops from Japan, Belgian pale malt extract from Willliam's Brewing and rice solids. I fermented this batch with Wyeast 3711. I have only one bottle of this batch left. I have a beer currently in the fermenter. The recipe riffs off of Japanese Sunshine. I replaced the rice solids with a William's liquid malt extract that is 70 percent two-row barley and 30-percent corn. I replaced the Sorachi ace hops with Polish Lubelski and then I got wild and added lemon and sweet orange peel and fermented it with Wyeast 3724. I wasn't sure of the age of yeast but I used it anyways and it seems to be stuck, so I'm deciding what other yeast I might want to add to get it finish. I still have 3711 dregs so I might use that, but I'm tempted to add the dregs form a Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. I've done that before with pretty spectacular results.