It is beer week here in Denver, and the Great American Beer Festival started today. I have been so lax at posting lately, that even my brother took matters into his own hands. I better get writing, huh?
Much has been going on around here, but not as much of was brewing beer. On a good note, I am no longer planning to launch a professional brewery in 2011. I know my wife is relieved. I gave myself until the end of the year to find some means of employment, or I was just going to go for it. And guess what? The beer gods have decided to allow me to stay a home brewer for a while more.
Something else that didn't happen this year, is that I didn't receive a call to volunteer for the Rare Beer Tasting. It bums me out as that was a fun event, but truthfully, I forgot about it, and ended up working anyway. I guess it is sold out and supposed to be tomorrow. Next year, I think that in addition to attending the member's only session at the GABF, I would also like to volunteer for one or two of the night shifts. I need to look into this.
We did get around to brewing and bottling a brown ale (see our Regular Joe Beer Shootout), and that will be ready sometime between now and a couple weeks from now. Our processes continue to be refined, and always new problems (I burnt myself really bad on the leg), but we will get it. I also have a backlog of equipment tinkering that I need to do (and whoas me, absolutely no time to do this) before the brewery comes back to my house.
On the plus note, if I keep a job, I can start dreaming of really really good equipment.
Oh, and I harvested and dried my hops. I don't have the scale to weigh them, but I estimate that I yielded about 2 ounces from my 2 bines of Cascade. It was its first year, so I shouldn't be alarmed by this low yield. A mature plant can yield a pound or more. I am looking forward to dry hopping my red or making a traditional bitter from them homegrown hops.
Anyway, more on the GABF next week.