It’s the little things

Apr 25th, 2012

Saturday we took a quick break from the craziness of our day jobs and planning the brewery to do some spring cleaning and spend some quality time with beer.  We got to indulge in one of my favorite homebrewer’s traditions: the “What beer can I make with stuff laying around so I don’t have to go out and buy ingredients?” beer.  We made a very biscuity have-around Pale Ale that turned out extremely nice.  Unlike last week’s comedy of errors, the brew day went extremely smoothly, we hit all of our numbers dead on, and cranked out what will be an extremely tasty beer in a surprisingly short brewday.

The laundry list includes (recorded in case this turns out to be an award winner):

  • 4.5lbs of 2-row
  • 1lb Maris Otter
  • 0.5lb Munich
  • 0.5lb Victory
  • 0.5lb Belgian Biscuit
  • 0.5lb Belgian Aromatic
  • 0.5lb C60
  • 0.5lb Carapils
  • Lots of Cascade

With an OG of 1.053 and a lot of biscuit and caramel malts, it should be a nice medium bodied afternoon sipper with not too much alcohol, and a great cascade character.  Looking forward to having this one around.

Of course we’re still plugging away on all the little details involved with getting the brewery up and running.  We’re determined not to be undercapitalized so we’ve decided to sit down and flesh out a business plan to show anybody who’s interested.  Alongside that giant task we’re still shopping for equipment, trying to make a list of things we need but haven’t thought of, and looking for a place to call home.