Good morning all. I have news. I promised you a brand new beer last Monday, and ladies and gentlemen, you got it!
BOOM BOOM! (aaaaaaaaaaaaah)
The Star Spangled Banner plays in the background, dogs are hiding under lawn chairs because the fireworks are so loud, a drunk guy in a sleeveless American flag t-shirt is throwing up in a beer bong.
It’s the grand finale!!!! BOOM BOOM SCREECH BOOM SIZZLE BOOM BOOM SIZZLE SIZZLE SCREECH BOOM BOOM SIZZLE BOOM SCREECH BOOM SCREECH BOOM BOOM BOOM SIZZLE!!!!!!! It’s not the fourth of July, it’s a successful brew day!
Wow sorry. Did I take it a little too far? It’s just always so much better to start the week off on a good note, definitely better than having to admit that I’m a big fat liar! Here’s the facts, we brewed a brand new recipe, a recipe we’ve never attempted before, it was a brown ale
A brown ale? What’s so special about a brown ale? I’ve been keeping you in the dark about a brown ale? Not just any brown ale, friends. We brewed an oatmeal raisin brown ale! That’s right, a fusion of grandma’s oatmeal raisin cookies and the malty goodness that is the brown ale. Pretty excited about it! Let’s take a gander at the pictures.
Preparation for the brew started on Thursday when I toasted the Quaker oats in the oven.
I also hand chopped two pounds of raisins. Not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, we need to invest in a food processor.
Fast forward to Friday, here’s the crushed grains.
Seth giving the grain bed some love during the mash.
The first runnings.
A little sparge action to get you going.
Kettle starting to fill up.
The kettle pre-boil.
Filling the fermentation buckets.
Aerating before pitching the yeast. Seriously guys, words do not do the aroma of this beer justice. The mix of malts, Perle hops, raisins, brown sugar and oats all boiling together was unbelievable. Can’t wait to share this beer.
Are we done? Oh no, far from it! We were very busy on Friday. We also kegged the cream ale.
After three long weeks, the cream ale is ready for filtering and kegging, Brian is ready too!
We took the three fermentation buckets and transferred them to the big conical.
Then we filled the kegs from the conical.
Pushed the beer from one keg through the filters and into another keg.
And here they are all snuggled up in the cooler getting some bubbles. This delightful lawnmower beer will be ready to drink on Friday!
Are we done? Oh no, still one more thing! I told you you we were busy. We also dry hopped the Red Rye-der with another three ounces of Amarillo.
Primary fermentation complete!
Adding the Amarillo.
Are we done? Yes we are! Very busy Friday night, very productive, very happy with how everything went. This Friday will be another busy evening. We are bottling the cream ale, kegging the Red Rye-der, and adding MORE raisins to the oatmeal raisin brown ale. Gonna be fun!
Until next time…