Monday, May 9, 2011

The World of Home Brews

Here are some of the beers that I have made over the past 3 years. 
 Award winning Irish Red Ale (Oregon Gardens Homebrew Competition 3rd place, Kansas City Irish Festival 3rd Place, Douglas County Fair 1st place)
 Kansas City Wheat Beer Clone (Douglas County Fair 1st place)
 Midnight Irish Ale
 Old American Ale
Scottish Ale

If you want I can post recipes for each of these beers!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Irish Red Ale and secondary transferring

Well, today I brewed an Irish Red Ale and transferred two batches of beer to the secondary fermentors. Let's just say I didn't think far enough ahead. My father in-law and I had two primary fermentors at our disposal and they both had beer in them. I started an all-grain batch before testing the gravity on the two batches to see if they were ready to be transferred over. We had a Honey Wheat and a West Coast Pale Ale, the honey wheat was about about 1.025 and the pale ale was about 1.015. I went ahead and transferred them both.  I know that I will have to watch the honey wheat to make sure it doesn't blow it's top.

While I was getting ready for the all-grain batch, I spilled water all over my in-laws' kitchen floor. It really got stressful for a minute and then I remembered a saying from the guys over at Basic Brewing: "Relax; have a home brew!" Well, I didn't have any home brew on hand so I just had a microbrew. After that everything just went a lot better. There was less stress and it really became an enjoyable brewing day! I can't wait to see how all the beer turns out and will keep you posted!