Beer drinker, rocker, programmer, and sex peddler.
My order for various ingredients FINALLY shipped today. Last Wednesday, I knocked a few things (hops and heather) off of it that were holding it up, but somehow it didn't get out before the holiday hit. At least now, it's finally moving. 34 pounds by UPS ground. I doubt I'll be brewing this coming weekend, but *maybe* it'll get here on time.
Batch 10 will be a rye ale. Victor doesn't sell malted rye, which is why I had to order online, though I will also get some flaked rye from the co-op. I'm going to try to hit a reddish color, though I might come out a little darker than that. It's similar, in some ways, to what I was trying to do with batch 5, but lighter bodied and I'm not using any lactose or vanilla on it.
Batch 11 will be the mocha stout. Have to do a stout every few batches, ya know. And that will be the end of the WLP051 colony's enslavement.
Batch 12 will use a fresh colony of yeast, from Edinburgh. Yep, it's the return of Scottish ale, though differing from number 6 in a number of ways. The big one is that it will be totally hopless, with even more heather than last time. It will also be my biggest mash yet, over 8 pounds (mostly Golden Promise, but some specialty grains too) and a long, long boil (probably two hours). But it's still not all-grain: I'll be using some Munich extract. This is gonna be one malty beast!
After that, it's hard to see the future. The hop shortage is making some things hard.
Ooh, and somewhere in there, maybe even disrupting the aforementioned batch numbers, I just might try to sneak in my first lager. We'll see. I have this one room that gets really cold... Hm...