CCHBS News for April 2003
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- April Recipe Specials
- Hop Rhizomes Have Arrived!
- Sure Screens in Stock
- Yeast Starters Made Easy
- Homebrewing Vol. 1 Back in Stock
- Book spotlight - How to Brew by John Palmer
April Recipe Specials
Gravity style of the month is actually a group of styles: Light
Ales. This category includes Blond Ale, Cream Ale and American Wheat
beer. Since there are 3 possibilities, we have 3 April Specials, including
2 new recipes: Venice Cream
Ale, Bikini Beach Blonde
Ale and Kalifornia Kolsch.
All three are on sale for $22.00.
This is actually a small change from the June list but since we'll
be having wheat beers on special all summer, we decided to introduce
a new recipe: Kalifornia Kolsch.
Technically, it's a Kolsch-style ale, since Kolsch can only be made
within the city of Cologne, Germany. Whatever you call it, this style
are light in color with a nice balance between malt and hops.
Our second new recipe is Bikini
Beach Blond Ale. This style is another great beer for summer sipping:
light in color but full-bodied enough to fill out... well, you get the
Finally, there's an old favorite: Venice
Cream Ale. The Cream Ale style is a cross between ales and lagers.
We normally recommend a California/American Ale yeast for this, but
if you have a place to ferment this at low temperatures, try it with
the San Francisco Lager yeast.
Hop Rhizomes Have Arrived!
If you're thinking about starting (or enlarging) a hop garden, it's
planting time. To make it easier for you, we've got the following rhizomes
in stock: Mt. Hood, Cascade and Nugget, all for $3.95 each.
Sure Screens in Stock
What's a Sure Screen? It's a stainless steel screen that's the perfect
length to slip over the end of a corny keg dip tube. I've you've ever
considered dry-hopping in the keg, or adding oak chips to reproduce
the legendary Ballentine's IPA, you need one of these. Watch for an
example of an Amber Ale that we dry-hopped in the keg at April's Pacific
Gravity club meeting.
Yeast Starters Made Easy
If you've been wondering whether you should make a yeast starter before
brewing, it just got easier for you. We've pre-packaged the correct
amount of DME and yeast nutrient for only $.75, including instructions!
Plus, we've got 1/2 gallon jugs for another $3.95.
Homebrewing, Vol.1 Back in Stock
There are 3 homebrewing books I regard as indispensible out of the
nearly 40 in my library. This is one of them. There's simply no better
reference for the extract brewer and it's got enough information to
keep you going back to it as you progress. On a personal note I used
a recipe straight out of this book to win my first ribbon in competition
and can only hope that Al Korzonas publishes vol. 2 one day.
Book Spotlight - How to Brew by John Palmer
This is the book that I refer to most often today. If you're looking
for one book that will take you from extract brewing through all-grain,
this is that book! And it doesn't stop there - I've found no better
source for accurately calculating water additions for step mashes. If
you're interested in water adjustments, it shows how to read your local
water report (using the L.A. report!) and how to calculate what to add
to your water for the style you're brewing. Also, if you want to try
before you buy, John has a website with the entire text of the first
edition online at www.howtobrew.com
but once you see it, you'll want to buy the book to get the final version.