I am very busy this time of year, but the yeast starter bubbling on my kitchen counter will force me to brew tomorrow.
Yesterday, I made a yeast starter using some Wyeast 1056 (American Ale) that I had harvested from a different starter 2 months prior. I had it stored in a capped bottle in the back of my fridge. It woke up rather nicely. The bubbling is consistent. A swirl every now and then rouses the yeast and keeps everything moving. I should have a very nice stock of yeast to pitch into my wort.
I am going to brew my standard Metathesis Ale. It is a simple American Pale Ale made with an excessive amount of cascade hops. Cascade hops are currently hard to find. I have about 8 ounces in my freezer. I have had them for a while, so they need to be used.
The last time I made this beer, the product had a distinct grapefruit aftertaste to it. Since I'm a fan of grapefruit, I enjoyed this. I assume this was the result of some esters formed during fermentation. Over time, this flavor faded and became less noticeable.