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Chinook APA review

I haven’t posted recently to this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been brewing! I have several posts drafted for review and reflection of various recent brews. Here’s the first – a Chinook APA. This beer received inspiration from recipes shared amongst my homebrew club, as well as from my research into the ingredients of a well known beer hopped exclusively with Chinook.

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Wedding beer prototype #1: European lager

I haven’t posted a beer recipe/review in a while! Here’s one for a European style lager that I’ve been working on. The beer fits best in BJCP Category 5C German helles exportbier (not that I’m overly concerned with that). This is a prototype for a beer that I intend to brew 100L of for the wedding of two dear friends. The goal was a crowd pleasing light, dry, neutral, 5% ABV-ish beer that was balanced with just the right amount of bitterness, but not so much that American light lager fans are neglected.

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This beer is a simple beer

The first brew on my new system wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. A learning experience to be sure. I had my concerns that what I created wouldn’t be palatable at all. 2 weeks later I was pleasantly surprised by the result; a lovely session IPA. I used a super simple grain bill and hop schedule. So simple that this beer is ALMOST a SMaSH (single malt and single hop for the unacquainted).

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Saison vibes

I’m interrupting the barrage of brewery build posts to bring you a bit of a reflection on a saison I recently brewed. I had some Sorachi Ace hops in the freezer from last summer’s saison, and I had been meaning to brew a saison with the Saison Dupont yeast. I had also been meaning to do a saison with oats. All of these would serve as parameters to this saison recipe. As evidence by how quickly the kegs kicked, this beer was quite nice. It was the last beer brewed on my old system, and it was supposed to hold me and my guests over until I was back brewing. It didn’t stand a chance!

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Hazy brother: a Trappist single

I’ve never brewed or even drank a Trappist single before. From what I understand about this beer style, it is not typically available for sale, and certainly not export. Rather, the Trappist single is a beer that is produced for the sole purpose of quenching the thirst of monks during their studies of life, the universe, and everything. The definition of the style is less about about the actual physical characteristics of the beer, and more about the purpose of the beer…

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Orval: God’s homebrew

The first time I tried Orval, I was shocked. I distinctively remember thinking that it was like drinking a liquified leather boot. A lot has changed since then. For one, Orval has earned a place as one of my top 5 favourite beers. In my experience as a homebrewer, I’ve generally found pursuing clones unrewarding. However, with Ontario’s limited availability of Orval (every couple years the LCBO seems to include it in a seasonal release, and it quickly sells out), I don’t have much choice but to brew my own. This is a post on version one of my homage to the beer that is sometimes referred to as God’s homebrew; the delicious Orval.

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Brewing schedule 2016

I’ve had a busy couple months. Specifically I’ve been occupied with preparations for my PhD qualifying exam. Last week I passed! Now that it is out of the way, and I’ve gotten some rest, I’m glad to report that I’m back in a place where I can envision the odd weekend brewing rather than working.

As my local homebrew club prepares for our annual malt bulk buy, I’ve been trying to nail down an approximate brewing schedule. This year I aim to brew beers back to back utilizing the same yeast strain as often as possible.

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14 days grain to glass

While at times I’ve been very driven to reduce the duration of my brew days, I’ve never been terribly concerned with the speed of everything that comes after. With building yeast starters, oxygenating my wort, fermenting in a conical fermentor, and carefully controlling the temperature of that fermentor, it stands to reason that I could turn around a beer fairly quickly… or my yeast could rather.

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