Summer 2016 — 99 Days

Sure, one post for the whole summer.

Again, Summer just flying by too fast to spend the time sitting at the keyboard.

May 27 – 30 Camping, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit

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June 23 – 25 Vegas for Seth & Ashley’s wedding

 

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June 26 – 30 Grand Canyon

 

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July 14 – 18 St. Louis

 

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July 31 – Aug 4 Camping Chequamegon

 

 

September 3 – King Lear at APT

 

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Jan 10 2016

Planet Earth is Blue

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Brewing Day!

On the Brew Sheet for today at the KleinHerz Brewery, “Flight of the Kiwi IIPA”. I’d wanted to try a double IPA for a while. This is a kit from Wine and Hop Shop, our friendly and fully stocked local purveyor. This beer has the potential to be huge, described as, “brewed with all New Zealand hops, expect a citrusy hop character atop a decent malt backbone followed by a fairly dry finish”.  Three grains (Munich, Caramel and Victory malts) will steep in the brew pot, a total of 9 pounds of malt extracts will end up in the pot, and a whopping 5 ozs of hops will go into the brew (Moteuka, Pacific Jade), with 2 more ozs dry-hopped in at about two weeks. Estimated ABV comes in at 8.2% which for the KH Brewery would be second only to a Trappist brew we did in 1998 which was in the the low double-digit range, a few bottles of which we have stashed in the cellar, still getting better with age.

I think it’s time to crack open a bottle of last year’s Black Earth Porter, perfect on a day like today, and get this kettle on the boil.

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Happie together

Happie Holiday!29 Thanksgivings together and still happy as pie.

I’m thankful for you Elaine and our life together.

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Brewing Day at the KleinHerz Brewery

Black Earth Porter is on the brew sheet for today.

Ingredients

Ingredients

This brew will have more than 3 1/2 lbs of mixed steeping grains, 1 lb of liquid extract and 1 lb of dry extract. Estimated O.G. = 1.061.

Steeping grains

Steeping grains

Sparging the grains with water at 170 F. Get all of that grain-rich liquid into the wort!

Sparge

Sparge

And now, 7 lbs. of liquid extract go into the pot.

7 lbs liquid extract into the mix

Finishing the pour

Then add 1 lb. dry malt extract.

1 lb dry malt extract going in

Getting all the dry malt in

In goes 1/2 oz. Chinook hops…

Hops going in

Leaving a frothing wort at around 200 F.

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Wort 2Then on to a 60 minute boil, adding another 1/2 oz. of Chinook hops at 50 minutes plus 1/2 oz. of Fuggles hops at the same time.

After the boil, in goes the wort chiller to bring it to yeast-pitching temperature.

Wort chiller

Wort chiller

And, when the wort is just right, in goes the yeast!

IMG_20150111_183514Next step: into the secondary fermenter after 5-7 days. More work for the yeast, and then it’s bottling day.

 

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Snickers is on the plane!

Snickers ready to fly

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Postdictions

Wow!

Well, missed on most of that.

Not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it all the way through yet, (really?!) but I score my predictions as 3/9, with one not rated because of prior knowledge.

Amazon.com order of Breaking Bad The Final Season, Ep. 8 “Felina”.

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