Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beer Flowchart

Married to the Sea sometimes has some pretty off-color stuff on it, but then it also has fantawesome stuff like this.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bombay Red Ale

After a very hectic May and the last of the school year, I'm finally brewing again. This time it's a red ale--malty and hoppy. Red ales are not exactly a recognized beer style, but nonetheless you'll find many a brewpub and craft brewery on the West coast with a great beer by that title. They are normally malty like an amber ale, but have as much (or more) hop flavor and aroma as a pale ale. Here's my current version.

Bombay Red
5 gallons

6 lbs. Alexander's Pale LME
1 lb. Munich Malt
1 lb. British Crystal Malt 75L
2 oz. Pale Chocolate Malt

3/4 oz. Columbus hops (14.5% AA) boiled for 20 minutes
1/2 oz. Cascade hops (6.5% AA) boiled for 15 minutes
1/2 oz. Cascade hops (6.5% AA) boiled for 1 minutes
1/2 oz. Columbus hops (14.5% AA) boiled for 1 minutes
1 oz. Cascade hops (6.5% AA) steeped for 30 minutes during chilling.

Fermented with a packet of Safale S-05 Dry Yeast

OG: 1.047
FG: 1.01?
SRM: 14 (Reddish Orange)
ABV: ~5%
IBU: 32

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Specialman is Working

To my 2-3 readers: sorry for the lack of recent posts. Specialman has been working hard lately (at my real job). Having not brewed for over a month, I foresee a dearth of ale in the future...

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sweet Hook-ups for the Bar

Last weekend my sister and brother-in-law, with their two sons, visited from Northern California. It was a great time, bbqing and visiting, trying to keep the boys from knocking each other out with oranges in the backyard.

As a donation to the bar, my bro-in-law gave me a beer sign from a very nice craft brewery, Firestone Ales. I was completely surprised and am very grateful. It will look amazing on the wall of the Brass Monkey. I believe he had said he picked it up at a silent auction fundraiser. Check it out!

My BIL and the awesome light:

My nephew and I, serving up some very weird tasting root beer.

(And yes...his brother IS playing Contra on the 'tendo in the background. You know you're jealous.)