Since Saturday was National Homebrew Day / Big Brew Day we pretty much had to brew some beer. Mother Nature looked upon us most favorably and the weather was absolutely perfect for hanging outside and brewing. A few friends joined us and enjoyed a day of brewing, drinking, eating and smoking cigars – not a bad way to spend a Saturday.
For this brew we collaborated with several friends on the brew. We’re all going to brew the beer then send a couple bottles to each other to see the differences we each get. We’re pretty widely distributed (GA, OH, FL, TX and MO) so it will be interesting to see the differences we get from this recipe. We’ve wanted to do a session beer for a while and this was a good chance to make it a bit more fun. The recipe is based off of Denny Conn’s Wry Smile IPA tweaked to a target of 4.2% ABV and 61 IBU. This was our first brew milling our own grains and we got a bit more gravity than expected. We hit 1.047 with a target of 1.042, looks like our actual ABV on this one will land around 4.8%, still sessionable IMO.
We’ll check the gravity this weekend and see how it’s coming along. This one will probably have to stay in the fermenter for a few weeks as I have to go out of town the weekend of the 17th, hopefully we’ll get it kegged up on the 24th.
Not a long video, but here’s a little Instagram snippet from the brewday.
Our hops are coming in nicely. It took them a while to break the surface but they’re growing an inch or so each day now. We’ve got 6 shoots that I can find with a couple of them much more aggressive than the others. I wish they’d hurry the heck up.