Sunday, November 20, 2011

Muddy Huddy!

This weekend I brewed a beer inspired by my buddy, Micah. Literally, we could go to a brewery with 30 beers on tap and he'll drink stout all evening. Therefore, he get's a stout coming out of Lowell Brewing. He and his wife chose to name it Muddy Huddy! Their newly born son's name is you can figure that one out. I wanted to make the beer very complex with a range of malts including a big roast character. I also used some CTZ, Chinook, Centennial, and Wilamette hops in it. After the mash, I realized that maybe I used a little too many specialty malts as the beer came out with a huge mouthfeel and body. Hopefully the 8% alcohol will thin that out a bit!

I also waxed the bottles of Oaked Townie Brown this weekend.This guy is a 13.1% Imperial Brown Ale brewed with British malts, maple syrup, and brown sugar. It was aged in an oak barrel for 6 months and is ready to go! It's pretty delicious and a great after dinner beer with dessert.

The waxing got a tiny bit out of control, I'll have to trim the drips a bit!

Olivia, Micah's wife, showing how Oaked Townie Brown is a great after-run beverage

Muddy Huddy should be ready to drink round the first week of December. I'm looking forward to a nice, hefty cold weather sipper. Until next time...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's next?

The IPA is running low and it is always nice to have one of those on tap...especially with my new shipment of Amarillo and Centennial hops....mmmmmm. Although, I have been wanting to brew a stout lately, maybe something with a huge roast profile, hint of chocolate, and American hops. I'll have to consult the Stout King, Micah on this one. Thoughts? I know Jeff will combine the two and want a Black IPA...also an option. I'm in the process of repairing the brewery after my mash tun temperature probe died on me. Once that is in, I'm back on the saddle. I am also designing a new hopback/trub filter for the brewery...that way I can get the late hop aroma I've been looking for. Hope everyone is doing well, check back soon!