So a lot goes into making a brewery. A lot that does not even involve brewing beer. So finally here was Mike and I's first brew session together this past summer (Alex was in Canada). We decided to start off with a 10 gallon batch on my home system. Mike had a recipe for a blonde pale ale that we were looking to try. So I picked up the ingredients on a Saturday and we brewed. Mike came by my place and we had great weather and great fun.
- American 2 row
- Crisp Maris Otter
- Briess Crystal 40 Malts
- Specialty malts.
- Cascade Hops
- Centennial Hops
- Chinook Hops
- California Ale Yeast
"The 3 C's"
I liked that concept as CCC is a bond rating and so we're calling the beer "Fallen AngAle" after investment grade bonds that have been down graded (CCC) because of their exposure to risk. High Yield or "junk" can have a bad connotation because of the name, but with the Federal Reserve raising interest rates last summer and high yield having a lower correlation to those rates the flight to safety in rating is not always the best choice. So like so many things in finance, beer and life, it's all relative.
The Original Gravity came in at 1.060.
Vigorous fermentation occurred within 24 hours
Fermented at 70 degrees
Dry Hopped at day 6 in fermenters
Filtered and Kegged on day 12
Final Gravity was 1.012
Finished Carbonating in kegs with C02 tank and served on day 14 from kegerator.
Fallen AngAle was well received. It cleared out very well and was very refreshing in the hot summer day of the event. The solid hop additions kept the hop heads happy but it was still balanced.
Owner and Founder
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages” ~ Adam Smith