I brewed a kit.
My newest local homebrew shop, Broadway Brew Supply, does this cool promotion every month.
They put together a clone kit with a local brewery and pick a charity. Part of the proceeds of the kit sales go to the charity.
For May, they picked The Brew on Broadway (BOB) and got a clone recipe of Placer ESB.
The charity they donated to was Maxfund, Denver's no-kill animal shelter.
I wanted to brew something, but I didn't really know what I wanted to brew. I saw the kits on facebook and thought ... "sure I'll give that a try".
Generally, the kits are created as extract recipes, but they also have an all-grain version. Of course, I picked all-grain because that is what I brew.
I have not done a kit since my Mr. Beer days.
And I don't know if you've noticed, but I don't even generally follow other brewers recipes.
I didn't follow this kit's recipe either.
The malt grist is what I got from the LHBS, but I added more hops and moved them around quite a bit.
I decided to call my recipe ...
Brew day began really early.
In fact the sun wasn't up by the time the boil began.
I had the boil done and cooled before church.
Either I misunderstood the amount of base grain in the recipe or the LBHS gave me too much, because my pre-boil gravity was high enough that I cut my boil from my standard 90 minutes to 60 minutes and still ended up on target.
I was sure I was going to need a blow-off tube, but the kraussen never really got too high.
The beer looks to be pretty much done fermenting now.
Once a keg opens up I'll keg this batch. I'll dry-hop right in the keg itself.
Of course, I'll let you know how it turns out. I'll probably have to go buy myself a Placer ESB so that I can compare ... even though I am sure the beer will be much different.
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