r@fink brews

Friday, September 30, 2005

might be a little early, but................

The Irish Draught could possibly be my favorite brew. I've brewed many, but this one has just the right combination of hop and malt flavor for me. I'll probably brew a lot of these.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

the luck of the Irish

We popped a bottle today and found a very tasty brew inside. A lot like a Killian's red with a little of the roasted grains flavor knocking at the back door. Very good indeed.

wort's up Doc?

Just got the brew in the fermentor, and it looks good. As I smell the lingering aromas I'm already looking forward to the next batch.....now let me see.....maybe something different......hmmmm....I wonder if there is a clone recipe for Amber Bock.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

you don't really get frogs from touching wort

I plan on brewing the Irish red on Saturday. It just came UPS and I can't wait until the wonderful aromas of the steeping grains and hops fill the air. If it wasn't for the drinking part this part would be the best. Anyone wants to come around for the boil, stop by and we'll tip a few while we brew.

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Here's the kit. It's amazing how you can turn this into five gallons of beer.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Word verification for Comments

I have noticed on certain blogs that I frequent spammers are entering comments and links. I have set up through the settings/comments section of my blog "word verification". This setting asks the person adding a comment to my blog to enter the text displayed before comment can be added. Since spamming is mostly automated it cannot read the text and comments cannot be added. I hope this works, and suggest everyone turn this feature on to thwart the spammmers.

Friday, September 16, 2005

'nuf said..... I ordered the red

I order an Irish Red Ale kit from Northern Brewer today. I seem to gravitate to the red ale don't I. I probably won't go for the Hefe Wiezen again since I didn't really get into the exotic taste. Holy crap! I just realized the Irish Draught has been in the bottle almost a week already. Must control myself.......

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Unhoppy conclusion

I decided to strip down my hop vines today and get them ready for the next brew. After pulling them up to the patio and plucking a few handfuls of cones I noticed thousands of tiny bugs crawling all over. What a crock of shit! So much for the 2005 hop crop.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005


The Irish Draught has been bottled and fifty, yes fifty bottles of draught have been brought into this world! I must have done a good job siphoning right down to the bottom of the carboy because that is my all time record. The instructions that came with the kit say this should be ready to pop after 5 weeks. One week in the primary, two weeks in the secondary and two weeks conditioning in the bottles. By my calculations two weeks from now the draught will flow. Our pre bottling taste test revealed a low hopped, smooth brew with a hint of coffee flavor. The color is just a shade lighter than a Michelob Amber Bock with just a smidge of red. Hmmm what to brew next.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

72 empty bottles of beer on the walk, 72 empty bottles of beer.....

Thanks to Shorty Towle for three cases of empties. If Shorty ever gets his brewing shoes on they'll be waiting for him. The only bad thing about the transaction is that we weren't home to trade them for some homebrew. Next time you're in town Shorty lemme know k? I hate missing any good chance to slug down a couple homies.