Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Forward Hoppy Wheat

I have another Local Home Brew Shop (LHBS) by me. Broadway Brew Supply.

Sort of.

It is in the same spot as an old LHBS. The old one closed and someone new purchased the space and opened a new shop.

Last week, I decided to stop by and check out the new spot.

It is different. It has a smaller sales space, but it seems like they have everything I need.

As I wandered around, I decided to go ahead and get some supplies for a brew day. I sort of came up with the recipe "on the fly". For the most part, the grain bill was basically the same as Summer Lovin' American Wheat.

I didn't pick any hops until I was looking at the hop selection. Denali Hops caught my eye. I've never used Denali hops. I thought I might as well try them out, and I grabbed some of those. I also grabbed one of my favorite hops, Columbus.

After I got home, I plugged in the "new" recipe and called it ...

I started brew day Sunday morning right before the change to Daylight Savings Time. In fact, while working on getting the mash stabilized, I was literally looking at my phone time when it switched from 2AM to 3AM.

Makes the name of the beer pretty appropriate ... right?

Everything went smoothly. I did dilute the wort a bit more than originally designed. This was pretty much a conscious decision. Lately, I have been preferring more sessionable beers. Lower alcohol is fine with me.

I got the wort chilled before it was time to go to church. But, I left it sitting in the covered pot while attending.

I racked into the fermentor when I got home.

The rest of the day was free for clean-up and various activities with the family.

I really like the aroma of the Denali Hops. I'm looking forward to trying this beer in a few weeks.

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Go Blackhawks.


  1. How are hops named? Is it based on where they're grown? Where they were developed? Randomly named? Are they all named after places?

    1. Excellent question. Basically whoever develops and breeds them gets to name them. As far as I can tell, there is no rhyme or reason behind the naming strategies.

      Some sort of try to describe the aroma / flavor of the hops (eg ... Citra and Lemon Drop). Some are based on original growing region (eg ... East Kent Goldings and Willamette). Some just seem to be random cool sounding names (eg: Apollo and Calypso). Some I'm sure have significance to the person who named them, but not to me (Chinook and Comet).