CCHBS News for May 2004
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- May Recipe Specials
- New Wyeast Packaging Coming Soon
- Closeout Pricing on Smackpacks & Tubes
- Hop Rhizomes in Stock
- Spotlight on Grain - Flaked Grains
May Recipe Specials
There's no Pacific
Gravity meeting in July but there is a summer party, so we're going
to help you celebrate with American Ales. American Pale, American Amber
and American Brown are all great summer beers and we're offering an
example of each. These three styles also comprise a new BJCP category
called... wait for it... American Ale!
Our entry in the American Pale category is the every popular Santa
Monica Pale Ale. This is our most popular recipe by a large margin,
so why not take advantage of the special pricing and brew a batch? Ordinarily
selling for $26, it's on sale for only $22.00.
Sunset Boulevard Amber Ale
is one of our newer recipes. It's a fine example of one of the most
popular brewpub styles. How good? Last summer an all-grain version of
this recipe took a ribbon in the State Fair! Try it for $22 during the
month of May.
Malibu Brown Ale is
our American Brown. This style originated in Texas, but like the West
Coast pale ales, it's much more hoppy than its English counterparts.
It's a great choice for you hop heads out there and you can chew on
it for it for only $22.
New Wyeast Packaging Coming Soon
Wyeast has introduced a new packaging - Activator Packs. These are
the same size as the old XL packs but contain more than twice the yeast
cells. In fact, they contain nearly double the yeast cells of the Wyeast
shampoo tube packages. We've been looking for a way to solve the problems
we have displaying our Wyeast selections and we think this is the way
Closeout Pricing on Smackpacks & Tubes
Since we're going to be stocking the new Wyeast Activator Packs exclusively,
we need to make room for them in our cooler. So we're going to give
our loyal customers a price break for helping us make room. Take 50
cents off the price of our existing stock of smack packs and shampoo
tubes while they last.
Hop Rhizomes Have Arrived
Our hop rhizome order is in, and it's time to get them in the ground.
They've been selling briskly but we've still got Nugget, Chinook, Liberty,
Willamette and Sterling rhizomes available. Isn't it time for you to
start your own hop garden?
Spotlight on Grain - Flaked Grains
Malt isn't the only grain used in beer. There are a number of grains
which can be useful in making beer, but first they must be gelatinized
so the starches they contain can be converted into sugar. And the most
convenent method of gelatinizing is to rold them betwen hot rollers,
producing - flakes!
While flaked grains require mashing, even extract brewers can make
use of them by adding some base malt to a recipe and being more careful
about temperature and time. For example, let's say you have a Culver
City Stout recipe kit and would like to make an oatmeal stout. Simply
buy an extra pound of base malt and a half-pound of flaked oats. Then,
instead of the usual approach steeping, bring 1 gallon of hot water
to EXACTLY 160 degrees and add your specialty grains plus the base malt
and flaked oats. The resulting mix will have a temperature of 150-152
degrees. Cover and let it rest for an hour, then strain the resulting
wort into your brewpot and proceed normally. The same process can be
used for a number of other grains:
- Flaked Oats - not just for Oatmeal Stout,
these can be used in small amounts in Witbier. Randy Mosher, author
of the new book "Extreme Brewing" likes to toast them lightly
and use them in a Cream Ale.
- Flaked Barley - used in Irish Stouts and
English Bitter to give body to an otherwise light-bodied beer.
- Flaked Wheat - small amounts provide head
retention. It can also be used to provide more wheat flavor to wheat
- Flaked Maize & Flaked Rice - these
are the classic adjuncts used in American Lagers. Using rice will
result in a drier beer, while corn can lend sweetness.
- Flaked Triticale - a hybrid of rye and
wheat, this grain can provide both head retention and the spicy quality
of rye, without rye's assertiveness.