My last brew session at the old place was a Wee Heavy for a club project to fill a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel. It was also a chance for a lot of us to play with some Golden Promise malt. From dry grain through fermentation that beer smelled awesome, huge bready nutty aromas, it was too hard to not eat some of the mash, it was pretty impressive. I hated giving the beer away to have to wait for it. I'll be waiting very patiently for that beer to be out of the barrel...VERY PATIENTLY.
|New brew space(for now)|
|Brown porter runnings|
My Berliner experiment, I'd call it more lambic-like at this point, is still moving along, I took a small taste tonight and its puckeringly sour and has a great Bretty aroma. I've decided to feed it some cherries then age a bit of oak just before bottling.
And of course, with a new space comes new hop plants. I actually got 3 plants from a club-mate. I have cascade, nugget and sterling in the ground now. I decided since its my space I could get a little more permanent with my hop structure. I have two 'T' posts built from 12 foot 4x4 posts and 8 foot 2x4 cross beams. They weight a ton. I sunk them two feet down and still felt like they were a bit tall so I cut them down by 1 more foot, so they are 9 feet tall by 8 feet wide. I haven't tied my lines on them yet, but the plants aren't all that big(yet). The old plants are still in the ground at my old place and growing well, apparently they are almost 2 feet tall already(crazy weather helps). I'll let those continue as long as I can keep them there; everyone like the vines and the smell of the cones, besides they are a hell a of a plant to kill.