5 August 2006

posted by benjy edwards

I just got back from a trip to Portland, Oregon to visit Brian and Kim and their new baby. We went to the Oregon Brewer’s Festival last weekend. I think I’m still recovering from the double IPAs at the second festival of the day, the Double IPA Festival at the Rose and Raindrop pub. The whole trip was a lot of fun. Anyway, now it’s time to brew some more beer, this time it’s another batch of the Alpha King, because the last of it went out to Portland for Brian. Brewing went off without a hitch, had to do the two-stage chill again with the immersion first, and even getting the wort down to around 110 degrees that way, I could still only get 74 degrees out of the counterflow when running the cooling water at full speed. Original gravity is 1.060 and it’s the second use of the Dry English and British strains.

In addition to the brew, I had to clean the empty Alpha King and Son of Satan Stout kegs, and keg up another couple of beers to replace them. The second carboys of the snake River and Two Hearted clones got kegged and dry-hopped, but I forgot to take the hops out of the freezer the day before. I’ll have to let the kegs sit a week or so in order for the hop harshness to subside. Also, the Hardy Country Bitter clone from two weeks ago was racked to a firkin and dry hopped with three ounces of Kent Goldings. Gravities were both at 1.015 and the beer tasted great out of the primary. Finally, I tapped the Boathouse Bitter firkin as well, after having vented it with a soft spile the night before.

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