I pulled my nice set of prismacolor pencils out of their hiding place, stuck a few pieces of paper in a book and put it all into my purse waiting for an opportunity to sit alone and finish Adam's batch of home brew.
Every beer needs a label.
I was hoping for the magical double nap that would allow me to finish the sketch I had started a few days ago. I loaded the kids into the stroller and set off. The double nap remained illusive. After walking for a hour and detouring to the Children's Museum for a few more hours, I finally called Adam to come get the two of them and give me the chance to, well, do what I needed to do.
I almost forgot that I like to draw.
After much deliberation and a few starts I decided to call the beer Break of Day IPA. The morning star is still bright in the sky, but the dark of night is fading away and a track of hoof prints disappears between snow covered trees.
Why? Because, while I spent a late night enveloped in the steamy aromas of grains and hops, Adam was sleeping in a mountain cabin, waking at the break of day to spend the weekend hunting, wading knee deep in the snow with a new rifle in hand.
Here is the recipe I developed for this batch. (I have, as of now, not sampled the beer. I managed to smash the mug I had set aside for myself while bottling into a million little pieces while I was cleaning up.) (((and, I don't really like IPAs, but hey, the beer isn't for me)))
Break of Day IPA
14 oz 20*L American Crystal Malt
steep in 1 gallon of water for 30 min @ 150*F
drain and rinse with 1/2 gallon (so now you have 1.5 gallons total of malt "tea")
add water to make 3.5 gallons and add
6 lbs minus 1 1/4 cup Muntons extra-light DME (save the 1 1/4 cup for bottling the beer)
4 lbs Alexander's pale malt extract syrup
1 oz Magnum hops (alpha 15.0)
1 oz Amarillo hops (alpha 8.7)
simmer 45 minutes and add
1 oz Magnum hops
1 oz Amarillo hops
simmer 15 minutes
turn off heat and cool for 15 minutes
transfer into primary carboy and add water to obtain the final volume of 5 gallons
cool to less than 70*F and add
WYEAST 1056 American Ale Yeast
put on the fermentation lock and let it sit in a dark place for a week or until it seems the fermentation has slowed
transfer to secondary carboy, dry hop with
2 oz Magnum Hops (alpha 20.0)
let sit for secondary fermentation about a week
2 cups of water
1 1/4 cup of Muntuns extra-light DME
bring water with Muntuns extra-light DME mixed in to a boil, add to the beer, and bottle it.
let the bottles carbonate for about 3 weeks.
My three weeks of letting the beer carbonate is almost over - two more days.