Brew Session – 2017-07-29

This is another after-the-fact log.

It was finally time to do the Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This one was a bit of a mess, because I made some arbitrary decisions that changed up my standard procedures. Efficiency went down the toilet as a result, and I ended up having to add over 2 1/2 pounds of DME to the boil kettle to hit the pre-boil gravity. Everything else went very smoothly, so in the end it should result in a drinkable beer.

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Brew Session – 2017-07-08

This entry is outside what will be the norm, because it’s so long after the fact. Future session notes will be done within a day or two.

Brewing Dr. Mark’s Kryptonite is always a treat. I first concocted this back in 2013 as an experiment to see how far I could go with the hop additions without destroying the balance of malt and bitterness. I also wanted to find a good balance between the (to me) cloying nature of the citrus hops and the piney resin that I love. That first batch was so successful that my brother proclaimed it “better than Pliney” and proceeded to drink himself into oblivion. I have to admit that I’ve done the same on more than one occasion.

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Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I stumbled across Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale several years ago, and loved it. After quite a bit of digging I found a clone recipe, supposedly based off of information given from the brewmaster himself. Take that with a grain of salt. I’ve been wanting to brew this ever since, and I finally got the chance a couple weeks ago. I had to substitute for a couple equivalent grains due to availability, and while I doubt this is going to be a clone, the sample tasted very promising as I stared the crash cooling.

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Starting Over

After years of neglect, I decided to pull the plug on the old site. It was both for security reasons (out of date software) and the embarrassingly long gap between the latest post and now.

You’ll see that the categories up top are seemingly rather wide-ranging and unrelated. That’s because they are. I tend to dig deeply into anything that piques my interest for a while, then move on to something else. The things that have earned Category status here are the interests I tend to return to often, and feel most passionately about.