I’ve noticed a couple of things here on WordPress, as far as beer blogging goes anyway. Number one is that the number of views that my blog is getting is starting to slump noticeably. Number two, the activity of the beer bloggers that I follow is also slumping. There are a couple of authors that still routinely post and make for interesting reading, but I would say that about 80-90% of the blogs I follow have been inactive for more than a couple of months and quite a few that I believe have just been abandoned. There seems to be a pattern where someone starts a blog, so excited about getting into homebrewing, but that excitement (at least about blogging) fizzles out rather quickly. Such is life I guess. Anyway, the combination of these two things is beginning to make my experience as a blogger far less interesting. I’ve been doing this now for a while, but it’s becoming an issue of diminishing returns. I’m not abandoning the blog yet, but I feel I’m waning a bit. I must be honestly objective with myself though. Maybe number one is due to the fact that I may not be that interesting.
On a side note, here’s some more uninteresting stuff. I brewed Timmy Time Lime Cream Ale last Friday. This was batch #5 of 2015 and the second time I’ve brewed this beer. Last year it was a 2.5 gallon batch. This time, I upscaled to five gallons. Brew day was as smooth as could be until I tried to cool the batch with my copper immersion chiller. I turned on the water and no water was exiting out of the chiller. My only guess was that there was a blockage. Possibly a very small bug had climbed in while the chiller had been sitting in my garage. So I kept squeezing the supply side of the tube leading to the chiller to create a pump like action to dislodge whatever was in there. Finally a small twig popped out. Automatically I suspected one of my kids. Sneaky little devils! But who knows for sure because they’ll never cop to the crime.
Timmy Time Lime Cream Ale (5 gallon BIAB)
82.5% Rahr 2-Row
5.8% Flaked Barley
5.8 % Flaked Corn
Water to grist Ratio: 2.0
Mash: 152F for 75 min
Sparge: 2 gallons @170F
Hops: Cluster 8.1%AA (0.4 oz @ 45min, 0.2 oz @ 15min)
Other: 1 oz Lime Peel @ 10min
Yeast: Safale US-05
OG: 1.045 (target), 1.051 (actual)
Target ABV: 5%
Target IBUs: 16.03
This is intended to be a refreshing cream ale that you’d enjoy in the summer on a boat or at the beach. Light, citrusy, refreshing. Next up at the beginning of May is the brew day for Witty Kitty Witbier. Erika and I will be brewing this together on May 2, which coincidentally is National Homebrew Day.
I also took the opportunity to do a taste check on the Kriek that’s been in secondary for over 2 months now. It has a really nice dark red appearance from the cherry puree. There is some acidity and a very very subtle funk. Other than that it is hard to describe. But it does have the same ballpark character of Rodenbach. Really what I was checking for here is that it didn’t turn into some putrid, vinegary lost cause. Luckily that’s not the case. So I’m going to let it go the remainder of its six months in secondary and then bottle.
And here are pictures of the finished products of the rye and bourbon ales. They look very similar due to the similar amount of Caramel 40 used in each (about 8.5%). But I just love that color.