Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hoppy Trails

Harvested the hops.  A bit late, not a great yeild this year either too dry early on.  Brew a nice smash beer with regular briess two row.  8 lbs.  Choose the white labs American farmhouse yeast . Hope the hop can break thru.  Will probably rack and do a secondary addition let sit for a week. Made a pumkin brew also with a friends pumkin from his garden.  not getting a vigorous fermentation,  thinking about adding my house wild yeast to mix it up a little.  That was made with 6lb munich malt and two big pumkings, corriander, clove cinamon, nutmeg and allspice subtlely mash in.  I don't like the heavy spice flavor of most pumkin ales so I wanted to keep the spices muted.  Here is a pile of wet hops just picked, about to go into the saison. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Going Going ...

Man seems like yesterday summer just started. Now the crisp clear Fallish weather has arrived. Picked the last of the red tomatoes, not sure the remaining green ones will turn. Made some sauce.
Roasted Tomatoes and Basil for 275 for about 2 hours.  Then mash thru a Chinois , then stove top until desire thickness.  I like to simmer for a long time, to get a rich flavor without adding salt(maybe a pinch). 


Plenty and Plenty of Peppers. Working on different methods for hot sauces, relishes, jelly and salsa. De-seeding and soaking the peppers to get a slight fermentation, this batch I am mixing with canned peaches.

Of course, important to stay relaxed, one of these should do...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012