Smoked Pumpkin Imperial Stout, a new creation from Brewmaster Jerry! It brings together two thing I love, brewing beer and smoking foods. So for another try at something different, I decided to smoke some pumpkins. It is really cool, I sourced the pumpkins from a former student. He grows them, and then gives a bunch of money to charity. So, this is a brew with a good cause being supported from it.
A single hop experiment can be fun. When you are looking for a great brew to make over and over again, you have to have a good recipe. You also want to have a little variety in hops so you can have some fun too. So, this beckoned my Zombie Level 8 Series. I enjoyed Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, so I formulated a recipe that is homage to it. The great thing about about this is that it allows the hops to shine. Why level 8 you ask? 8 ounces of hops in each batch.
Time to brew a new milkshake IPA, Neapolitan style! I devised a recipe to hopefully showcase all the flavors of a Neapolitan blend of flavors for my recipe, NEAPOLITAN DYNAMITE. What I got was an unexpected result. I loved brewing this and designing the recipe. I am already formulating my changes for the next revision.
Brew Night For A Milkshake IPA
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Smoked homebrew brined turkey, a gift from the gods! My turkey cooking has been evolving over the years now….this year to include the smoker! I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 brew that I had. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie stout for some nice malty flavors in the turkey. Oh, don’t forget that it is bacon wrapped and using a maple bourbon glaze! Let’s look at how this goes together to make a feast fit for a king.
The Homebrew Brine
First, I used the Phishing For Cookies V2 as the base of the homebrew brine. Continue reading
So over the summer, I moved. It is now a whole new brewing experience at a new brewing location. You don’t realize just how set in your ways you get, till you can’t use those ways any more. It was time to try out the new home brewery location, and try to make a new beer style that I had not tried before. Granite Milkshake is a milkshake IPA that was formulated by yours truly, Brewmaster Jerry. Let’s take a peak at how things went.
So, I am loving this snow day! I am getting caught up with a bunch of website stuff! A few weeks ago, I had a great time doing an outdoor brewing with my buddy Sully. You may remember him from my outdoors brewing session with him last year. This time, he was brewing his first 5 gallon batch. How could I say no? I of course couldn’t let him have all the fun, I brewed a 5 gallon batch as well!
Sully wanted to brew his Caribou Slober kit, so I figured I would do a brown ale as well. Continue reading
I realized that I am a but delayed in this post. I don’t know how I missed doing one for this. Well, my first outdoor brewing on my new burner was a blast! Here is the scenario: December 30, 2016… 9:30 PM…. 27 degrees….Felt like 15. I was streaming the Phish 12/30/16 show from MSG live. What a great way to start a brewing night!
The recipe that I am working with will turn out like an oatmeal raisin cookie stout, hopefully.
So I harvested a full five gallon bucket of wet hops from my garden, and I mean a FULL bucket. With the harvesting all that Nugget hops, it was time to make another SMaSH beer. This time I decided to make two variants, one with light malt and one with dark malt. Last year, I made SMaSHing Nuggets. This year, I modified the recipe a little bit, and created SMaSHing Nuggets 2.
When I went out and harvested, I barely got much off the plant from the inside parts of the two bines. I recklessly went through and pulled out handfuls of whole hops, from all over the bines. In less than an hour I had filled a 5 gallon bucket and still left a bunch of the plants. So, I had pounds of hops to work with. Wet hop beers are a great thing to make, as the fresh flavors cannot be beat. So I started into SMaSHing Nuggets 2 just a few hours after the harvest.
So, the Buffalo Bills are my team. It is the bye week. Let’s brew a beer during the normal time of the Bills Game! Hence, the Bye Week Porter is born.
I got the 007 starter up and running in prep of this. Gotta love getting some happy yeast while using the StirStarter. I now overbuild my starters and split off some to save for the next starter. This beer has Chocolate Malt and Dark Crystal Malt as a steeping setup.
During this brewing, I also busted out two new toys. The GEEKHOM Digital Thermometer and some Big Time BBQ Silicone Gloves. These two new tools are great. The thermometer allows me to keep my mash nice and steady, and not too high. The gloves are great, as you can actually dip your hands right into your wort to clean out the inside of LME containers!
I have a few projects upcoming that will use this beer. I plan on beer brining my turkey, and may even try some baking with it! Oh yeah….and drink some too!
Things to ponder:
- I hit my target gravity RIGHT on the button. If it ferments well, it should be right about 6%
- I like my new toys.
- Porters are tasty, and it has been a while since I brewed one!
So my next chapter of the speed cider has begun. But not before I let the speed cider go for a little longer then I expected…though I am glad I did. The cider kept perking away, so I let it. The T-58 cleared up from the cloudy cider to almost the same color! Amazing! Now it was time to split the two batches in half, and have a little fun with it!