Post Number: 741
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 04:50 am: ||
Last "academic" year was my best brewing season ever. Most of my produce was of high quality. That was the first time in my short career I paid diligent attention to pH and yeast quality/quantity and paid no attention to efficiency. I brewed simple things. Base malt and one special malt, and only one or two hops per brew. I learned a hell of a lot, and I am looking forward to adding some complexity to my brews this season and making a second attempt at the Samichlaus challenge. I am waiting for the holidays to sample last year's bit.
Here's to you all!
I'm glad to see Heath is back. He disappeared for a while.
Winter is coming in the Northwoods! Yeah, it's August, but the leaves on the birches are yellow, and the wind is off the big lake.
Life is good.
Post Number: 863
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 05:35 am: ||
Steinhauer, I learned to drink beer (well, Stroh's anyway) in the northwoods of the Keweenaw peninsula. Winter's lasted forever, and the summers were brief. Last year summer fell on a Wednesday there.
Now I'm in Socal and looking forward to starting my winter brewdays when it's a brisk 50F outside, then watch it warm up to a comfortable 70. This year, I'm going to be putting up some Belgian strongs for next winter. Yes, life is short and there's so much to learn about brewing beer.
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Post Number: 691
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 02:10 pm: ||
Stein - can you send some of that Northwood weather down here? 96f today, with a 105 heat index (100% humid). Down to one keg of Dortmunder that I brewed in February...
I went downstairs this morning, and glanced at my brewing equipment. One day soon...one day soon. I am starting my semi-annual list of brewing supplies and will head to the LHBS in a couple of weeks. I will be a brewing demon over the cooler months this year.
I like your approach...a simple pale ale maybe the first batch...Pro-Mash lets me get a little too creative and carried away with some of my grain bills!
Post Number: 3294
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 02:48 pm: ||
We haven't yet had one of those cool mornings with the wind off the lake, and it will be about three weeks before the sumac begins to turn red. But with the shortening days you know it is coming, and with it the brewing season.
Post Number: 175
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 02:16 am: ||
96 and 100% humidity...I went downstairs this morning, and glanced at my brewing equipment. One day soon...one day soon. I am starting my semi-annual list of brewing supplies and will head to the LHBS in a couple of weeks
Sounds like you are in the SE with me. Tap water is 75 F.
I'm actually thinking I'll go get some copper tubing and build an IC to hook up to my other IC. The first one immersed in ice water.
Matter of fact, I've been thinking of experimenting with rock salt in the ice-water bath. If its good enough to freeze ice-cream, I 'spose it will work for water bath.
Breezes off the big lakes eh?
Wife and I are heading to NW Michigan to do some salmon fishing mid-September off a pier.
Post Number: 6
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 05:38 pm: ||
I'm on graveyard shift at work so on my nights off I brew in the middle of the night. No bugs, no heat.
My brewery is lit up with halogens at night and I use a flashlight to look at the thermometer.