Its time to start brewing for PSF VII so today the RyePA got brewed. It was also my first double batch of beer. 11 gallons is a lot of finished beer. The 13 or so gallons of wort is also very, very heavy and I don’t have a pump. So I tried to make gravity work for me as often as possible. while I did have some success with that approach, I need a pump to do this regularly. This is a pretty hoppy brew that is still pretty well balance and great summery beer. 16 lbs English 2-row Pale 6 lbs Rye Malt 2 lbs American Victory 4 lbs American Caramel 10°L 2 lbs Amber; Crisp 1 lb Rye Flaked 2 oz Chinook (Pellets, 13 %AA)
The weather and genreal busy-ness have slowed the brewery a little bit, but I did get a nice, wintery batch of Stout in the keg a couple of days ago. Turned out pretty well. Very roasty, nice rich mouthfeel, and thick, dark brown head. Smells great. Ready for this nice cold weather brew. Grain bill: 7 1/2 lbs American 2-row 2 lbs American Caramel 60°L 1 lbs American Victory 1 lbs Roasted Barley 1 lbsAmerican Chocolate Malt 1/2 lb Black Patent Malt 1 lbs Flaked Barley Kent Golding and Cascade hops (probably a little generous for tradition British stout, but…) On an unrelated note, Chicken Corner Brewing is on Untappd. Its a fantastic app thats kinda like a Facebook for alcoholics, or you can just use
Having worked in agriculture for the past 11 years (in some capacity) I am AMAZED at how difficult farming is. Our soils don’t help. Highly compressed white, acidic, Triassic soils, impermeable when dry, the exceptionally fine grained soils expand, making the soils very slippery, earning it the name and characteristic “slickenslack soil”. So, enter my six raised beds. They are the best thing I could have done. The fall/ winter garden is in and thriving. I have planted: 3 kinds of onions, 3 kinds of garlic (although I don’t seem to have luck with either one – but I keep trying), lettuce mixes, cabbage, collards, 3 kales, 2 mustards, 3 turnips (mmmm… for the greens), 3 carrots, beets, 2 radishes, cilantro, 4 spinach, peas,
Well… this post got lost somewhere along the line. So here it is, a bit a late but there is no way I am missing this report. I love the fair. There are few things that I look forward to quite like the fair. The bigger the better. The NC State Fair takes place in October her in Raleigh. Being a livestock geek, you get to see cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, mules, donkeys, chickens, turkeys,guinea fowl, geese, ducks and lots of other specialty animals. There is nothing like it, especially when you have some kind of personal investment (i.e. chickens). You get this nervous feeling in your stomach, winding through the rows of hundred of birds, looking for your babies, and finding them with ribbons!
On September 8th starting at 5:00, Chicken Corner Brewing will be serving up lovingly crafted beers at Soktoberfest before the Carolina RailHawks game! So put on your finest lederhosen, come out and say hey and enjoy a lot of tasty, local beers. There will be 15 amateur brewers along with Raleigh’s Lone Rider Brewing. I’ll be pouring Water Oaks Farmhouse Ale, a French-style saison, and Speckled Sussex Rye’d IPA. You can come to the beer fest without buying tickets for the soccer match, but you should anyway.