Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I started homebrewing two years ago, and after my first two kits I have branched out to make experimental batches. I started a batch of what I will call "Amy's Summer Ale" on Sunday. It is mostly based on a homebrew kit from the local grocery store (look in the baking section for the English Medium Malt Syrup...go figure) with some added organic rice syrup, sugar and homegrown organic Cascade hops. After boiling the hops and blending the other ingredients, it had a nice mild flavor with a little hop bitterness.
This should be a little more hoppy than the "Amy's Spring Ale" I made last year, which was a pretty basic brew, so it should be more satisfying in the heat of summer. The yeast really enjoys the low pressure we are having this week, and it started bubbling right away. I'll see how this batch is doing in a few days. It is not so hot that it will be done in a week, but maybe 10 days? I had really good luck priming last time with regular sugar (instead of corn sugar/dextrose) so I will plan to do that again.