r@fink brews

Friday, July 06, 2012

Amber waves

I'm half way into the mash on an American Amber Ale. I had previously planned to brew a dark Brooklyn Brewery clone, but my specialty grain inventory was lacking some key ingredients. The amber is a kind "clean out the grains brew" and may stray a bit from the BJCP guidelines. Guidelines! We don't need no stinking guidelines!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Another APA

Brewing the Amarillo APA today. Well, it's the same recipe with different hops. I got a hold of a mix of hops called "Zythos".  This  is a mix of hops that the gurus came up with to simulate the short supply Amarillo and Citra hops that are popular now. There have been some good reviews on this mix, and it has a nice smell out of the bag. We will see how they turn out.