Apr 092013

The date for the annual Independence Day Gala has now been set as July 6th, which means I have 88 days to plan and brew my beer selection for the party. It also sounds like we’ve been authorized for another chest freezer to use as a food overflow fridge/fermentation chamber (have to double check that one with The Hammer, I might have dreamed it). This all adds up to some lofty plans for some lager brewing.

I’ve never brewed a lager, but it’s been on my list for quite some time, and with almost three months of lead time I should be able to get one, maybe two brewed up in time for the party (assuming about 1.5 weeks fermentation and 6-8 weeks lagering). So what to make?

Sage advice...

Sage advice…

In my last post I talked about wanting to brew a Schwarzbier, so that seems a good place to start. I love the idea of having this beer at the party, as it pleasantly surprises a lot of people who think dark beer is heavy beer. The Schwarzbier is dark as night in appearance but drinks nice and mild. There’s not a lot of hop bitterness (think typical German lager balance) and it uses dehusked Carafa which adds the dark black color without the roastiness and astringency associated with stouts. I’m looking at a grainbill of 50% Munich, 40% Pilsner, and some specialty grains to add color and a touch of depth to make up the other 10%.

If I do find time to get a second lager going, I think I’d like to try a Vienna Lager. This is one of my favorite commercial styles (Negra Modelo is a good example) and I like the story of how the style showed up in Mexico when Austrian brewers emigrated there in the late 19th century. It’s a nice, smooth beer that also works well in hot weather. I’ve seen some variations like smoked Vienna Lager, so maybe there’s some room to play around there as well.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get one of these started this weekend and have enough time to make two lagers and one or two ales (a lighter wheat beer and an IPA are on the short list).


Feb 202013

Wow, been a little while, huh?

Well, I haven’t been brewing a whole lot lately and I’ve been jonesing for that sweet smell of wort. In a few weeks it will be warm enough to start churning out some beer, so I’ve been thinking about a few new styles I’d like to try.

One that’s been on my list for awhile is a Schwarzbier, similar to this tasty Kostritzer:

Kostritzer Schwarzbier

This is one of my favorite styles – dark as a stout but with the light crispness of a lager. Beautiful beer! This will also mean I get to cross brewing a lager off of my Fermentor List (brewer’s bucket list, har har). I’m currently researching some recipes and will report back when I’ve found a suitable one.

Also, and this is LONG overdue – if you recall, way back in 2011 I announced a re-branding of this site. Lootcorp is a domain name which I hold near and dear to my heart, but it has nothing to do with beer or brewing and doesn’t really work for a beer site. The new site will be called BrewBrewDrink.com and it should be live by Spring. Stay tuned!