Last year my main resolution was brew more of the beer that I drink. It was a simple resolution, and one that I achieved further than I would have believed. With this added experience, I have gotten better at brewing and anticipating what a beer will taste like before it has finished.
As many of you who homebrew may know, there is such a joy in cracking open that first bottle of a batch to discover that all the hours of work and months of waiting have yielded something delicious, and in many ways, something better just because it was handmade. While many of my beers this year have contained flaws, there are a few choice batches that come to mind that I will have a hard time forgetting.
So while I plan to continue to experiment, this year I am going to focus developing a set of recipes influenced by Belgian ales, utilizing the same yeast and implementing techniques and designs I’ve learned this year. I’m brewing my first batch today of what is to be a brown session ale infused with hibiscus and orange peel. From this I will use the yeast to brew another recipe, higher in alcohol. And I will continue to step it up with these recipes. Right now I am looking at a portfolio of 4-5 different brews, some being alterations of those I did this past year.
I will follow up on the recipe for today’s brew soon. Now I must attend to the boil.
To a new year, full of new ideas, experiences, and joys!