Podcast: Beer Appreciation

Rich dark-red and brown highlights show off this caramel-y, lightly toasted American Brown Ale.

Rich dark-red and brown highlights show off this caramel-y, lightly toasted American Brown Ale.

The Scotsman and Drew enjoy a Kodiak Brown Ale while discussing how to properly appreciate beers. From the packaging of beer (cans or bottles?), to the 4 senses you can use while appreciating beer, to even some of the types of glassware available to you as a beer drinker, Drew and the Scotsman cover the basics of beer appreciation. Never thought you’d hear a discussion on how to drink? It’s here on show 2 of the Ale Evangelist Show.

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Missionary Work: Brewing this Saturday!

Most of my ale evangelism, it seems, has been focused on the brewing aspect of my life, lately. I’m ok with this. You see, if you’re willing to live the life and go through so much trouble to create something that you can go to the store and buy for less than $10 for a 6-pack, there must be something to this stuff that people just aren’t getting, right? After all, how many people do you know who would take 7 hours out of their Saturday, get a system for chilling their beer down to lagering termps, and work that hard to brew something like Budweiser? The answer? Not too many. Simply investing the time and money in the hobby is enough to tell someone how passionate you are about this beer. Some people will shake their head at you. Others will start to wonder if there’s something about this “beer” stuff that they’ve been missing for all this time.
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Brew Day Final Recipe: Sheep Drool

As I mentioned before, this recipe is based off a clone of Moose Drool. Had to make some substitutions based off the selection of hops available at the homebrew store, but I’m pleased with the recipe. We’ll see how it turns out.

Sheep Drool

Batch size: 5.5 gal
Boil volume: 6.5 gal
OG: 1.055
FG: 1.014
Bitterness (IBU): 32.4
Color (SRM): 21.4
ABV: 5.5%

[Grains]
Two-row (US) 9.000lb Grain 74.5%
Crystal 60L 1.000lb Grain 8.3%
Crystal 20L 0.500lb Grain 4.1%
CaraPils 0.500lb Grain 4.1%
Flaked Oats 0.500lb Adjunct 4.1%
Chocolate Malt (US) 0.333lb Grain 2.8%
Peated Malt 0.125lb Grain 1.0%
Black Patent (US) 0.125lb Grain 1.0%

[Hops]
Kent Golding 1.00oz 6.1% AA Pellet @ 60 min, 19.7 IBU
Willamette 1.00oz 4.2% AA Pellet @ 30 min, 10.4 IBU
Fuggles 1.00oz 3.6% AA Pellet @ 5 min, 2.3 IBU

[Yeast/Other]
Scottish Ale yeast 1.0 unit(s), Yeast

[Recipe Notes]
Mash at 154° for 60 minutes
Sparge as usual.
Boil for 60 minutes
Ferment 66° to 68°

Recipe: Sheep Drool Brown Ale

Sheep Drool is based off of a Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool clone I found here: http://www.brew365.com/beer_moose_drool.php.  I added more malt to kick up the alcohol, and added some peated malt. (Probably way too much. I’m going to read up on using smoked malts and dial it down.) I add peated malt to most of my beers. It’s a nod to my Scottish ancestry, and I’ve found it adds a nice character. Enjoy!

Batch size: 5.5 gal
Boil volume: 6.5 gal
OG: 1.064
FG: 1.016
Bitterness (IBU): 24.4
Color (SRM): 21.7
ABV: 6.3%

[Grains]
Two-row (US) 10.500lb Grain 75.2%
Crystal 60L 1.000lb Grain 7.2%
Crystal 20L 0.500lb Grain 3.6%
CaraPils 0.500lb Grain 3.6%
Flaked Oats 0.500lb Adjunct 3.6%
Peated Malt 0.500lb Grain 3.6%
Chocolate Malt (US) 0.333lb Grain 2.4%
Black Patent (US) 0.125lb Grain 0.9%

[Hops]
Kent Golding 1.00oz 5.1% AA Pellet @ 60 min, 15.4 IBU
Liberty 1.00oz 2.7% AA Pellet @ 30 min, 6.3 IBU
Willamette 1.00oz 4.5% AA Pellet @ 5 min, 2.7 IBU
Generic Hops 0.75oz 10.0% AA Pellet @ 0 min, 0.0 IBU

[Yeast/Other]
White Labs Scottish Ale Yeast

[Recipe Notes]
Mash at 154° for 60 minutes
Sparge as usual.
Boil for 60 minutes
Ferment 66° to 68°