22 November 2005

Mmmmm. Beer.

    Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
      Benjamin Franklin

Another year, another Holiday Ale. This past Saturday we brewed the latest in a distinguished series of holiday beers (and one holiday cyser). This year's offering has amber malts and honey flavored with ginger, orange peel, and French Strisselspalt hops and fermented with Belgian Wit Ale yeast. The yeast is an odd choice, seeing as we have not wheat malt. The hops are also a first for us.

It occurs to me that this beer would probably piss off the radical right on several levels. To begin with, we're using French hops. That alone qualifies us as enemy sympathizers. Then there's the name. In their usual if-your-not-with-us-you're-against-us manner, the RRR will attack you if you don't say "Merry Christmas." Here is but one example. Well, screw you guys. We celebrate Christmas, but this is our Holiday Ale. Don't worry though, we won't offer you a glass.

In any event, I'm looking forward to the final product. We've also got a Pilsner that'll be in bottle soon too. There's nothing quite like popping the cap of a bottle of beer you made yourself. Mmmmm. Beer.


Sharon GR said...

Mmmmmm. Beer.

Media In Trouble said...

my first attempt at all grain didnt go so hot. either my hydrometer is off kilter, or i got a really weak lager going.

i snapped back with a stout. again the gravity was a bit weak (1.31) which strengthens my thought that its time for recalibration of the hydrometer.

ill let you know how it turns out.

my belgians are both "aging". turns out using a trappist ale yeast requires aging.

Andrew said...

Cool. We did an Oatmeal Stout recently (can't remember the grav). We still extract brew, however.