An easy going brew day.

I knew Saturday was going to be a quiet day. I figured I had a shot at getting a batch made, but weather (rain) suggested that the best batch would be one that could be made on the stove since the garage isn't quite ready for brew duty yet.  Good thing I was thinking I'd do a gallon of a rauchbier anyway!


Things went smoothly enough. My one gallon indoor technique is well-honed. Holding mash temp is simple and straightforward, sparging can get a little tricky due to container sizes...


..but a full boil is easy going and times out perfectly for boiling down to just over a gallon.  Add into that a kid that wanted to help with hop additions, and it makes for an easy session.  Speaking of hops...


...this marks the first batch to include some of my homegrown hops.  In this case, my full supply of Crystal hops was used once I realized I didn't have anything else that was close to appropriate.

Definitely looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. It's a style I'd like to have a good recipe for and certainly one that I enjoy, but I'm slightly concerned that the smoke wasn't really noticeable. Then again, over the next couple of weeks, that wort is going to go through plenty of changes and the smoke may come out to play a bit more by the time all is said and done.

Up next? Well, there's a rumor of a 5 gallon bucket full of kiwis that I may get a chance to play with, and then there's those wine grapes that need to go into a belgian something...  And this is BEFORE I even get to what I wanted to brew this winter.  No complaints though! It's all been fun and tasty.

Just in case anyone missed the shot of the recent Powerslide pumpkin/squash imperial ale...

So good! ...though a little strong for my co-worker tester. Probably a good thing I didn't give her the oak/bourbon version...