Tuesday 13 November 2007 Filed in: Hops
More news about hop shortages, this time via an NPR story this morning
Give a listen here
I have grown some hops the last few years as a homebrewer, but have placed
an order for a whole lot more of various hop rhyzomes to plant in Spring 2008
for cultivation and use.
It may take a second season before I have a decent yield, and even then -- even at
my small scale of brewing -- I'll likely need to purchase hops.
There might be a bit less of the hoppy Long Island Pale Ale 2 than I had hoped.
Monday 12 November 2007 Filed in: Hops
Have been debating about changing the recipe for the Long Island Pale Ale, which has been -- during my homebrewing days -- a hoppy India Pale Ale rather than a less-hoppy American Pale Ale.
I enjoy both styles, and so have decided to split the Blind Bat Long Island Pale Ale into two different beers.
Long Island Pale Ale (sailboat) will be an American Pale Ale.
Long Island Pale Ale 2 (speedboat) will be a higher-ABV, hopped up IPA.
This is all, of course, pending a license being granted by NY State as well as label approval by the Federal TTB. While a license to brew has been granted by the Federal TTB, each and every beer offered for sale needs label approval (which also includes ingredients and recipe approval -- for the protection of a nation of beer drinkers).