Yes, it has been awhile. Since my last post, I have drank my first batch, brewed a scottish style ale, made 5 gallons of mead and I am right now waiting for my kettle to boil so I can add some hops to my saison!
I’m forgetting something………ah yes, the arrival of my daughter, Mila-Sofia on September 26!
She is wonderful, check her out!
The first batch of beer was inconsistent. There were 2 bottles that were spot on, the others were in various stages of carbonation. I was able to get a buzz and my parents and in-laws were able to sample it. Learned a ton about what to do for the next one.
Next I made 5 gallons of mead or honey wine. 1 gallon of honey, bunch of organic oranges, cinnamon, raisins, bread yeast and water.
This one is a real test of patience. No touching until two months, which has passed. It is ready to bottle and I will age it until Christmas when the family will be in town to help critique it. It should come in around 10% alcohol, perfect for some holiday warmth.
Then I made a Scottish style ale. It is my tribute beer for my wife. Her name is Scottish and it turns out that the second most well known loch monster in Scotland resides in Loch Morar and goes by the name of, wait for it, wait for it, Morag!!!!!!
The name is also a city in Poland and a Stars Wars character, neither of which are as exciting.
There is a book by the name of “The Search for Morag” detailing a scientific study at the loch to try and get evidence written in the 70’s.
It was not hard to get inspired to make a beer for my wife and this story was the cherry on top.
Look at the color! It is carbonating in the cabinet now and I am sure it will be delicious!
So, finally I am caught up. I am sitting outside right now watching my Saison beer boil away in the kettle. This will be a belgian style farmhouse beer, same style that farmers used to give to their workers to stay hydrated in the fields. It kept better than water!
I am enjoying this new hobby quite a bit. Next up: some sort of wheat ale, American style and an IPA for my bro.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!