Brew Day – Belgian Witbier

No pictures to share.  I brewed one of my favorite styles today, a Witbier.  I’m not attempting to redo a Blue Moon, but want something more subtle, less spice and more reliance on the bready contribution of unmalted wheat.

Meanwhile, Saison is still bubbling.  It was down to 1.021 this morning and at over 100 degrees.  I tasted it, no off flavors, Wyeast 3724 is amazing stuff!  Given its pedigree, I expect a stall soon, no hurry.  If I’m here – unexpected business trip came up last week – I’ll watch and eventually pitch my San Diego Super Yeast.  But since I’m gone starting next Saturday, I may just wait it out and see how far the 3724 will take it.

The Sangiovese got an additional dose of oak today.  Six weeks from now we can sample and see if we put enough in it.

And the cabbage – sauerkraut on the hoof – is recovering from our four hailstorms this spring.  By the way, the business trip is to Germany.  I may visit the brewpub in Darmstadt, a quick Google revealed none in Frankfurt, and will definitely see a winery or two.  And a fellow brewer and friend from Gdansk!  It could be worse….

Busy Evening

Two lagers racked, a Sangiovese racked, 90 Degree Saison tested….  So far so good with the Wyeast 3724 this time around – the beer is down to 1.024 and hasn’t stalled despite my addition of 12 ounces of palm sugar made into syrup last night.  When I did the Saison last year the yeast stalled in the 30s and I nearly never got it down to terminal gravity.  It is looking to be a very good beer.

Wife’s wine is tasting pretty good, too.  I think we’ll have to get an oak spiral and put it in the carboy – not enough oak for the stronger than kit strength wine we made.  The nose is great, the wine isn’t hot or spicy, should make a nice wine.

And the two lagers, the Helles and the Schwarzbier are coming along nicely too.  I racked both today, both taste nice even though they have quite a few more days of lagering to go.  I have to have them out of the fridge by July 21st to make an Oktoberfest for a fall party and a contest.  Maybe I’ll bottle and continue lagering in the bottle.