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Back in Business

Posted in Beer and Wine with tags , , , , on September 11, 2014 by Aaron

It has been a while since I made beer. The last batch was made in January for my brother in law’s wedding using my favorite recipe. You should try it…

Last night my friend David and I made a batch, aiming for an IPA. I have tried and failed many times to make an IPA. They were never bad, they just didn’t taste at all like they should. I’ve tried recipe’s and I have even tried kits. Nothing….

This time we have a secret plan

((way too many hops)).

The plan involves a total of 12 oz. of hops. I know, that is crazy! That would normally be about $50 of hops, however, David went to the newish beer store The Green Growler and everything was half off. Time to find out if not enough hops has been my problem all along.

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Mugabe Midnight

Posted in Beer and Wine, Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by Aaron

This dry stout is really good. It has a thinner body than most stouts but the flavor is really awesome. Here is how we made it:

Mugabe Midnight

  • ~ 1/3 lb. Belgian Black Malt
  • ~1/3 Lb. US Roasted Non Malted Barley
  • ~1/4 lb. Briess American Wheat Malt
  • 2 Cans 3.31 lbs. Coopers Dark Malt Extract
  • 2 oz. Williamette Leaf Hops 5.4%
  • 1 oz. Yakima Magnum Hop Pellets 12.1%
  • 11 g. Dried Windsor Ale Yeast

Put two gallons of cold water along with all grain in a big pot and bring to a boil. Remove the grain just before it begins to boil. Add the Malt Extract and bring back to a boil. Slow boil it for an hour. For the whole boil add all the hops. Sparge when pouring it into the carboy. Aerate the Carboy for about three minutes once cool before adding the yeast.

Try it. Let me know what you think! We just drank the last bottle recently and it was good. I am almost out of homebrew, that means it is time to make more. Luckily my brand new stock pot is on the way and I have enough ingredients to make 2 more batches.

Upcoming beers: Scotch Ale and an IPA. One for the kegerator and one for the bottles… which one should go where? The question is important. The kegerated beer can only be shared by people at my house. The bottles can be shared elsewhere. This will take some thinking. Or I could call for a vote and do what you say. What do you think?