Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Time for brewing

Lately, the sporadic posts on this blog have been mostly about chemistry. I have seriously neglected posting anything about beer and brewing. How sad.

I plan on brewing tomorrow (I hope). I'm going to make what I call a summer ale. Here is my planned recipe:

Partial mash:
2 3.5 lb pale malt
0.5 lb honey malt
0.5 lb carapils

Boil:
3 lbs light dry malt extract (late addition)

Hops:
Columbus- bittering
Willamette- aroma and flavor

I'm shooting for something lighter in color. The hops are from what I have on hand. I think the Columbus will be nice for bittering. At 14% AA,it won't take much to bitter the beer. The Willamette should provide a nice herbal, earthy flavor that will taste good when I am digging in my garden[1].

Any thoughts?

[1] or trying to kill that stupid rabbit that's decimated my garden.

3 comments:

Savage Steve said...

Sounds tasty. I've never used honey malt before-- does it actually impart a honey flavor to the beer?

Chemgeek said...

A little. It's subtle, but noticeable. Nothing like actually adding honey. It is kind of like a mild crystal malt.

the indefatigable mjenks said...

You know what you need? A spear and magic helmet. That'll go nicely with that light colored, hoppy beer.