I had a great start brewing at the start of 2016! One of my beer year resolutions was to start taking mash pH readings.
Cheap pH strips will do the work if you’re good with colors (somewhat subjective)
To recap, I started out the year with a band by starting brewing on New Year’s day – a dunkelweizen bock. Then the following week a 100% wheat no boil berliner weisse soured with L. Plantarum and kefir grains. The following week I brewed an ESB. The fourth weekend I brewed a sweet stout. Finally finishing the month of January with a gose turned American Wheat (taste like American Wheat at the end because I didn’t sour/salt enough). That’s 5 beers in January.
In February, I didn’t go too crazy, I brewed another no boil berliner weisse, ginger beer, and a split batch saison/pilsner. My very first pilsner fermented brulosophy way. No secondary, no problem! It’s crystal clear too!
Crystal clear pilsner dry hopped with hersbrucker
I was already approaching my 5% discount mark at Brewstock!
March/April was when I started my Jazz Fest brewing marathon. Legit back to back 10 gal batches of beer. Starting out with a saison, then an american wheat beer the next day. The following week I did a sour saison, split batch with 5 gal dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, and the other 5 gal soaking french oak chips (soaked in rum for a day)/lime peel/mint, inspired by Michael Soo’s mojito berliner weisse. Before I knew it, it was April, time for the last lap of brewing marathon, I brewed a split batch, one pitched with WB06 that will be JefeVincent, and the other pitched with US05, which will turn into another wheat beer! I love brewing wheat beer for nice spring weather. Finally last week, after kegging the sour saison, I did a no boil wort consist of 2 row and wheat malt to rack onto the yeast cake of the sour saison. That sucker took off within 2 hours!
American wheat beer, heavenly citrus.
By this point, I was already a 5% club member at Brewstock. It’s not even May yet.
Salty Daddy will be open for pre/post party. We are only planning on going one day each weekend, so we’ll be around most of the time. Come taste some homebrew, my friends!
The beer line up, with a non beer but boozy liquid on the fifth tap