New recipes on-hand

I’ve been pretty neglectful in keeping progress updated, so I thought I’d drop a note to say that we’ve got several new recipes onhand. The first (and most dear to my heart) is the first beer we brewed at the trailer, a clone of Victory’s Hop Devil Ale. You may be asking why we’d go back and do the clone over again, so let me explain. I love Victory Hop Devil. Some people love Jesus, some people love ice cream, others even love Hello Kitty, me, I love Victory’s Hop Devil Ale. One of the most amazing and delectable beers ever made on this planet. I’m stuck in Iowa though (hey, prohibition ended like 8 decades ago guys!), so no Victory for me. 🙁 As well, the first time around, we seriously shortbrewed this delectable concoction, ending with only 3+ gallons instead of the full five.

So, it’s time to do it again. But, as with everything I do, bigger is always better. At my friend Aaron’s birthday get together I’d brought over the Double IPA (among others) that we’d brewed, feeling particularly proud of this quite wonderful (IMO) batch of beer. Aaron in his caustic and snooty manner shot it down, stating it didn’t have enough of a hop aroma. I was devastated, but the next morning as I attempted to recover from the effects of too much excellent whiskey, I formulated my plan. I was going to brew a Double IPA that was worthy of the title. Neigh, I was going to brew a Double IPA to shame all others laying claim. What better place to start than with the current pinnacle of Doubles? I formulated my ideas with glee. The original recipe calls for 7lbs of Liquid Pale Ale Extract, 1/2lb Cara-Munich grain, 1/2 lb of Munich, 1/2lb of Crystal 60L, and 2 and 1/2lb’s of 2-Row, 2 oz centennial 60 minutes of boil, 1/2 oz Cascade and 1/2 oz East Kent Golding for 15 minutes of boil, and 1 oz Cascade for 5 minutes of boil. This is a nice recipe, but it’s not nice enough.

To the above, I’m adding 2 lbs of Liquid Amber Malt Extract, 1 oz of Magnum hops for 60 minutes of boil, 1 ounce cascade for 15 minutes of boil, and 2 ounces of whole leaf Cascade hops for dry-hopping during the secondary fermentation. We’ll see what Aaron thinks of the aroma after this. 😀

We’ve also got a couple of more off-the-beaten path things on hand to work with, prominent amongst them is the Sake kit. This is obviously just the Koje-Kjin, and yeast, we’ll need to try and find some polished rice somewhere to work with. We’ve also got an ESB and an American Bock to brew. Derick seems to think heavier bodied beers are most appropriate for winter. I believe hops are always a man’s best friend. Who shall prevail? Who’s brew will reign supreme? Check back, as we give updates on the current lineup ready to go through the trailer stadium.