Experimental Brewing

Into the kettle
I throw a fistful of spruce
And hope for the best

Photos and haiku by Captain Hops.

References: Yesterday, I attempted to make my first spruce ale. I have been waiting for the opportunity to recreate a vague memory I have of an ale I tasted at a forgotten brew pub in Oregon. That ale may or may not have actually had spruce in it, but I remember this tender, citrusy, piney essence, it wasn’t even really a flavor, just a barely tangible sense. It was amazing whether it was real or not. Anyway, now that I am brewing, I decided to use some of the fresh spruce buds just sprouting on the trees on my property. I created an amber ale with a touch of cascade hops, added a little wild flower honey and threw in some spruce buds at 60 minutes and 5 minutes. I am fermenting with California Ale Yeast and will let you know in a month how it turns out.

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Big Day

Bottled an amber
Brewed an IPA. And did…
A lot of cleaning.

Written by Captain Hops.

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having failed to climb
Schiehallion the mountain –
drink the ale instead.

Written by Crafty Green Poet.

References: The Mountain, The Ale

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Past Times

Hobbies fill my time
Ales and lagers fill my glass
Homebrewing does both

Written by Bryan Hay.

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Sara Buckwheat Ale

Playful capers kiss
Delicate salmon fillets
Sara smiles on

Written by Captain Hops.

References: My brother came by yesterday with a nice looking salmon fillet and a bottle of Sara Buckwheat Ale he picked up from the Wine Underground. The salmon was perfectly grilled and the deep brown Sara Buckwheat Ale proved a deserving match. At the end of the evening, I beat him in chess for the first time in 35 years. Twice.
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Rodenbach Grand Cru

an in your face tart
so unapologetic
yet so refreshing

Written by Captain Hops

References: Rodenbach Grand Cru
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