Friday, August 28, 2009

Stoopid Racer

Tonight at the Owl club in Roseville I accidentally (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) mixed up my pint glasses and added some Lagunitas Hop Stoopid to my Bear Republic Racer 5. I soon realized that I had just created the first know version of Stoopid Racer. After further experimentation (one must follow the quest of pure science) I came to realize the proper ratio for my taste buds on this evening was about 60% Racer 5 to 40% Hop Stoopid.
But of course that's just me, and this was but one day of many more hop mixing experiments surely to come. Hmmmm ......I wonder what a 90 minute Pliny would taste like.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hop drying

Thanks to my good buddy and neighbor Bob Silva I currently have six pounds of Cascade hops drying on screens in my garage. (I knew those screens on my windows were good for something) Drying should take about two and a half to three days in this almost 100 degree weather. After drying I figure I should still come away with 3/4 of a pound of usable hops.
Bob's plants are still producing cones and perhaps we'll get another bag full in a couple/few weeks. Hmmmm.....seems like a time to brew up a batch of Harvest ale doesn't it? Terri just got home from work and suggested we sit in the garage to enjoy a beer and the view. One thing is for sure my garage has never smelled better.