Winter brings it’s own challenges to the ale brewer. Temps are lower than ideal for the yeast to ferment properly.
Secondary: “ESP ESB”
Drinking: “My Kinda Cider”
Next Brew: Closed
#003 American IPA – No post on this one. Don’t know what happened but it was damn near hop less even after 4, 1oz additions. I think the problem, actually, was that I should have added my DME later in the boil to up the hop utilization. You live and learn…
#004 – My Kinda Cider. Four gallons of apple juice with some malts and DME to boost the body, flavor, and sweetness while killing off some of the thin sourness that comes from fermented apple juice alone. Sanitation problem was cured but my luck hadn’t returned either. At one point the wort reached the ungodly temp of 30 degrees in the primary! I’m kegging it this weekend but am expecting some real off flavors in this bad boy.
#005 – ESP ESB: A semi-clone of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. I modified it a bit by combining it with another recipe as well as using pale chocolate malt.