|My girls all hanging together|
On the Fourth of July, Bonnie and I celebrated the birth of our homeland by brewing two beer side by side... at the same time! This momentous event was made possible by the generous trade of a pretty full tank of propane for some future beers by my buddy Ryan O! I have to tell you it was great to be able to do and nice to know have a backup tank for normal brewdays.
For her beer Bonnie went with the Petite Saison d'Ete kit from Northern Brewer that'd we'd picked up during the Buy 3 Ships Free promotion. She followed the recipe pretty straight forward but instead of brewing it with the recommended yeast we instead tossed it on the very thin yeast cake from Weiss the Hell Not. This should give it a bready slightly sour character which will be further refined by aging it on some canned raspberries. The name given to this beer therefore will be Petite Framboise d'Ete and it should be ready by the fall.
For my beer I decided to take the Dead Ringer kit that came in the promotion and turn it into an IPL using washed yeast from Bonnie's latest batch of Costa del Sol. I think it's pretty cool that to ferment our beers this round we used the yeast (and bugs) harvested from each other's previous batches. The Dead Ringer kit is essentially a pretty spot on clone of Bell's Two Hearted which is a highly rated all Centennial IPA. It also happens to be the beer that my brother Ryan B bought for Darkness Day and shared with whomever in line wanted some. Once it is done I plan on washing the yeast once more for a second run at Bitter Sweet Symphony.
That's it, nice, short and straight forward, probably a sign of posts to come. Recipes below