After much too long of a break, I have come out of the darkness to brew again. I couldn't be happier.
I went into a long weekend with the goal of brewing... something. I came out of the weekend with 3 brews under my belt. A whopping 15 gallons of beer.
My first batch was an 'easy' Pale Ale that i brewed using some of the grain I had leftover from my last purchase. I figured I would go ahead and jump back in with a simple recipe, just so I could convince myself that I still had what it takes. Well, it's kind of like riding a bike I guess, cause it went pretty well, If I do say so myself.
My next two batches were All-Grain recipe kits I ordered from Northern Brewer. First up was their "Old Ale" which I have been interested in for some time. They say to let it age for 2 months before serving, so we shall see how it goes.
My last brew happened to occur on what is becoming an annual tradition of mine - brewing on my birthday. For that I chose the Norther Brewer kit "St. Paul Porter". I had brewed this one before (my 6th brew, and it was one of my first all-grain brews). When I brewed it last, I added coffee and bourbon (I know, a bold move for a novice brewer!) - and it turned out great. I think I will do that again with this one.
So I got these in the hole, and now we just have to wait...