Tuesday, April 21, 2009

#Gents Pale Ale

I take part in a weekly Beer and Cigar appreciation night known as "Fellowship Of Gentlemanly Gentleman". Although week to week we set a loose theme on what Beers we bring to the table, we in general enjoy the hoppy pale ales and double IPA's. I was kicking around an idea for a hop focused but low gravity pale ale after having Flossmoor's "Special Bitter" and Rogue's "Yellow Snow". Both these beers are low gravity with a heavy heavy dose of American hop variety's. Instead of doing a few large charges, i decided to do many small "layering" charges. Using a balance of three different hops in smaller amounts to create hop complexity. I would say the Gents would claim Amarillo as a favorite hop, but they are hard to obtain right now. So I am subbing Ahtanum in its place. Along with Summit and Cascade, this beer should be a dank citrus piney hop bomb. Mashing at 156 and using Faked Barley to keep the body from being to thin. Also using CaraMunich for a little toasty sweet malt. This will be my first time using Wyeast 1272 American Ale II, which will add a small tart fruity character. I normally use 1056 in my pale ales, which ferments clean. As usual, any constructive criticism or advice will be appreciated.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Michigan Brew Haul