First brew of 2015

Today I brewed my first beer of 2015. It was a rainy/snowy day here in southeast Michigan.  At first flame the temperature was 32 degrees with winds at 10mph. Not an ideal day for brewing, but this was the only weekend I’ll have this month to do it.

After rescuing my blow up santa from the ice I decided to set up my equipment under the roof on the front porch. Despite being a little cramped it worked out well and other than overestimating my boil off rate it was a pretty uneventful brew.

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Today’s brew was a blonde ale that I have now named Debbie Does Amarillo Dirty Blonde Ale. Based on my love of the Amarillo hops and the popularity of my Amarillo pale ale I figured having this on tap should be a solid go to beer for some of my “patrons” that aren’t into the craftier beers that I’ve made.

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If it turns out it should be a very easy drinking beer with an ABV around 4.5% and a low bitter honey,  sweet malty flavor. The color will be a little darker than your typical blonde due to the honey and caramel malts I used.

I’ve done my part, now is all up to the little yeasties to do theirs. I’ll report back in a few weeks with some pictures and initial tastes.

 


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