I’ve got my next SEVEN beers planned out! I’ve already discussed a few of them, and the next two will be my Cascade APA (recipe and procedure already blogged, brewing is just delayed a few weeks), and the very next one will be Coffee Oatmeal stout!
After that I’ve got (in no particular order…)
- a nice English Mild on the way, coming in at low ABV and hopefully high flavor, this will be my first usage of Bramling Cross Hops
- a mega-hoppy IPA, called Benchwarmer IPA, inspired by two posters on BeerAdvocate.Com, using some combination of colombus, chinook, northern brewer, and willamette hops
- Juniper Pale ale, a moderately hopped APA with a touch of Juniper berries added near the end of the boil
- Elderberry Wheat, which should be slightly purple in color and a bit tart in flavor. This American wheat is a real experimental brew, we’ll see how it goes!
I’ve got my eight gallon fermentation vessel now, ready to brew stouts, barleywines, double IPAs, and anything else with higher gravity (and the potential for a large krausen). This piece will also allow me to have multiple batches fermenting at once. Along with this I’ve just gotten a three gallon better bottle, allowing me even more access to making split batches and secondary fermentations for experimental purposes!
My next brew day will be bottling day for my English Special Bitter. I’m anticipating that to be in about one week from this posting.
A few days after that I’ll be bottling my Bleach Blonde Ale / Blueberry Bleach Blonde Ale. I’m really anxious to see how that one came out, as not only was it my first attempt at liquid yeast and making a starter, but it’s my first experiment with using fresh fruit!
Once those are bottled, Coffee Oatmeal Stout will be brewed next. The coffee will be added as a cold brewed addition to a secondary fermentation. I plan to split this batch as well, putting half of it on vanilla beans in secondary fermentation. I haven’t decided the exact amount of vanilla beans to use yet, but it won’t be a lot. I’ve got the beans and they’re potent! I just want a lightly vanilla flavor, nothing overpowering. I don’t want the vanilla to clash with the coffee.
And finally, I’m participating in a homebrew BIF on beeradvocate.com. We’re exchanging homebrew, and a few local commercial beers too. Always anxious for a BIF!
Lots of good beer stuff coming soon, I can’t wait to taste it!