Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Ale Update

About a week after we finished brewing our Holiday Ale, we’ve moved it to the secondary fermenter.  There it should complete fermentation and at the same time, the sediment should settle out, leaving us with clear(er) beer that we can bottle in a bit over a week.  Anyone interested in helping?

Oh, and we also took a quick sample while transferring.  It’s still a bit too sweet, the fermentation isn’t done yet, but so far it seems pretty good.  I’m personally excited about the results.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Ale

Our first holiday specific brew went into the fermenter today. It should be an interesting brew (assuming it comes out right), a full bodied ale with holiday spices (cinnamon, cardamom and orange peel for zest).

Right now, the plan is to do an initial fermentation for about a week, then move it into the secondary for another week. So 14 days from now, it should be ready to bottle and about 3-4 weeks later, the beer should be ready. We're planning on doing a Christmas week unveiling, and then sharing it with our friends and family over the holiday season.

In the meantime, does anyone have any requests for the next brew? I'm thinking of going with a lighter beer, maybe a pilsner or a kolsch-type beer, but I'm open to suggestions.