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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Supply Run

A simple visit
To my local home brew store
Keeps them in business.

Written by Captian Hops.

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A Patient Pour

A patient pour yields
Brilliant home brewed glory and
Leaves the yeast behind

Written by Captain Hops.

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The Last Bottle

With mixed emotions
He empties the last bottle
Of his first brew batch

Written by Captain Hops.

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Apartment Brew

Apartment brewing
All the magic of home brew
In a smaller space

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Blog About Beer had a story about the Brooklyn Brew Shop. This entrepreneurial duo is making one gallon home brew kits that are designed to fit in New York City sized apartments. I thought it was a clever idea. It seems to me there are a lot of reasons you’d want to brew in smaller batches than the typical 5 gallon setup. Space, variety, risk reduction, and experimentation are some of them.

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Contribution Friday!

The kettle boils
Hops aroma fills the air
New life has begun

Written by Creepy McGritts, the in-house Beer Critic of the Kaseschwanz Tribune, a prestigious underground newspaper at a conservative Christian university, Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, CA.

References: Kaseschwanz Tribune