What can I say ? I have always enjoyed beer, ever since High School (yes, I did drink in HS !)
Came to VT in 1996, and a few years later had a taste of Ray McNeill’s Ruby Red Ale .. Ray has a 10 and also a 20 barrel brewery in Brattleboro VT.
I wondered how hard it would be to make this … well, I haven’t made beer quite as good as his Ruby Red, but I have come close.
Choosing a style to brew is sometimes a challenge, but I have pretty much settles on brewing the beers I enjoy drinking. So many styles to choose from.
There are many excellent homebrewers, and some live close by. I was glad to have a few to my place in the Fall of 2008 for some home brewing .. The group is Yankee Ingenuity, and we try to get together for brew sessions, or an occaisional brewers night out.
Feb 15, 2009
Today I am brewing an Irish Red Ale (Northern Brewer Extract Kit) 1040 O.G.
NB best selling kit. Style is malty, smooth and slightly sweet. Deep copper color is enhanced by specialty malts. Great taste and “drinkability”. Easy to prepare and not expensive.
Steep grains 3 gal @155 45 mins – 1 hr. Bring to boil. Add 1 oz Willamette hops. boil 30 mins. Add 1 oz Kent Goldings.
LATE extract addition @ 45 mins . Chill. Pitch 15g Nottingham. Ferment @ 60-70 deg.
Feb 22, 2009
Today I am brewing a Mild Ale (Northern Brewer Extract Kit) O.G. 1032
A light-bodied ale with low bitterness and rich color. Very drinkable with lower alcohol content. A grest “session” beer, when you know you’ll want to enjoy a few pints. Ready in just 4 weeks (St Patty’s Day).