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Monday, August 29, 2011

Cherry Hoppin' Ale Bottled

Hi all!  Well after checking on the Chery Hoppin' Ale tonight, it had clarified pretty well already, so it is now bottled!  4.5 gallons = 42 bottles of Cherry Malted Goodness!  Now I just have to wait two weeks for bottle conditioning.  UGH!  (I did get a little sample from the bottom of the bucket, though!)  Even flat and at room temperature, it tasted great!  It has great body to it and I'm betting it comes from the pectin in the cherries.  I did a few minor tweaks to the 5 gallon batch that didn't happen in the first batch, a little torrified wheat for head retention and some American Vienna malt for balance, so we'll see where we end up!  I'll keep you all posted!  Thanks for reading!  Cheers!

Cherry Hoppin Ale

Racked to tertiary for clearing for 3 days and will bottle on Wednesday.  It tastes great already!  Then two weeks conditioning.  I hate the wait!  But it is always well worth it!  Thanks for reading!  Prost!   

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dad and Dudes Breweria

A visit to our Local Dad and Dudes Breweria in Centennial, CO was a fantastic experience!  We enjoyed Popper Rolls, pizza dough rolled out thin, smothered in cream cheese, topped with fresh sliced jalapenos, rolled back up, and baked to perfection!  Delicious! 
I enjoyed a Liquid Resume Pale Ale, malts, and hops balanced perfectly, that was absolutely great!  I also enjoyed a Toffee Porter and let me tell you, it was fantastic!  The aroma and flavor of toffee in a beautiful smooth porter was spectacular!  We enjoyed it with dessert which was called, "Sweetza".  (Smores Pizza)  Pizza dough topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and mini marshmallows, baked until melted and gooey, then topped with 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and a huge mound of whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce!  Absolutely rich and divine!
We have been to Dad and Dudes twice now and it never disappoints! 
Thanks for reading, Cheers!

Cherry Hoppin' Ale

O.k.  Today is the seventh day in secondary and I still have gentle but active fermentation going.  The Ale is clearing well and it's dark ruby color is beautiful!  Thinking of possibly racking to tertiary.  I'll wait a few more days.  I'll check th gravity today to see where it is.  Cheers! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cherry Hoppin' Ale update

I just took a hydrometer reading to see where the ale is at.  It is still fermenting ever so slightly after 4 days in the secondary.  Alcohol by volume is around 5.7 - 6% by my readings, but we still have some time to go.  I didn't want to dump the sample back into the fermenter, so I gave it a taste.  It is coming along nicely!  The light maltiness is complemented by the cherries.  The bitterness of the hops seems to be right on also.  The dry hops are giving a big nose of passionfruit which is great with the cherries.  The finish is cisping up as the residual sugars are being devoured by the yeast.  A light whiff of smoke is slightly evident on the finish due to the small amount of smoked malt added to the grist.  This makes a great summer beer!  I may bump the smoked malt up just a tad to make it a great barbecue beer!  Cheers!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cherry Hoppin' Ale

The Cherry Hoppin' Ale went into secondary fermentation this morning.  Over 3 pounds of juiced bing cherries and 2 ounces of hops will give this beer the aroma and flavor that makes it delicious! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cherry Hoppin' Ale

5 gallons Cherry Hoppin' Ale in the fermenter!  The test batch was great so I exploded the recipe and it is fermenting nicely!  5 of 5 great reviews can't be wrong, especially since the test batch of 2 gallons is history.  Bummer, but I keep staring at the fermenter in the basement.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cherry Hoppin' Ale

The test batch of Cherry Hoppin' Ale is about gone!  It turned out great.  Bing Cherries and dry hops added to a nice Pale Ale recipe I created makes for great beer!  My testers all agreed, so the recipe has been scaled up to 5 gallons and the cherries have been purchased!  I'll keep you posted on production.  Thanks for reading!  Steve

Friday, August 12, 2011

Just tried the dry hopped cherry ale and it is fantastic! Another week and it will be even better!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hmmm...What to brew next?  I'm thinking an all grain batch of Rye Ale as I cannot find one to sample anywhere.  Maybe even a Smoked Ale  again as I cannot locate one in the area to imbibe.  I guess you could say I am leaning toward German style beers..... I'll keep you posted!  Thanks for reading!

Dry Hopped Cherry Pale Ale

Well, the micro batch of Dry Hopped Cherry Pale Ale is in bottles conditioning.  One more week before tasting!  I don't think I can wait that long!  So......I'll wait!  UGH!