New month, new pilot batch!

It’s December and although it is unseasonably warm outside, I am still very much in the mood for dark, roasty beer.

Today we brewed the first official pilot batch of a porter that we are tentatively calling “Midnight, Fireside”. This name evokes roasted aromas and flavors like campfire smoke, graham crackers and chocolate.

As always, I keep my recipes...

The base recipe for this beer was another SMaSH beer that I had brewed in the past having been interested in trying to brew a simple, easy drinking, ale that I might enable me to convert some domestic beer drinkers into the craft brew ranks.

 

Much like any SMaSH beer, the recipe was simple: Rahr Premium Pilsner Malt, German Spalt Hop Pellets, WyYeast American Ale 1056, and NYC...

 

For our first pilot batch, we are brewing an American IPA. This is the prototype for our Tall Pines IPA so I am tweaking a very simple base recipe that I created earlier this year.  This recipe is a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer that I am attempting to ever so slightly adjust to improve certain qualities.

 

The base recipe for this beer was taken from a SMaSH recipe I...

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