CCHBS News for August 2006
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- Recipe Specials for August
- CCHBS Celebrates Mead Day August 5th
- Honey in Stock
- New Product – Belgian Candi Sugar Syrup
- Wine – Another Way to Beat the Heat
Recipe Specials for August
As the hot weather continues, we'll keep featuring wheat beers and
Belgians as our styles of the month. However, we're also featuring an
Oktoberfest beer for anyone who has a way to ferment at lager temperatures,
especially anyone who'd like to take some to the Pacific Gravity meeting
Road Wheat Beer is the most versatile recipe we have. It can be
brewed as a German Hefeweizen or as an American Wheat Beer, simply by
using the appropriate yeast for each style. Or, by adding fruit or fruit
extract to the secondary, it can be brewed as a fruit beer. Only $20
Wit Men Can't
Jump is a Belgian Witbier. If you've ever had a Hoegaarden or Celis
White, you know this style is very nearly the perfect summer beer with
its touch of coriander and orange flavoring. Brew it during August for
Marzen is our Oktoberfest recipe. Confused? Here's the deal: These
beers were traditionally brewed in March and served in late September
and October. As a result, the same style ended up with two names. My
guess it's a clever Bavarian ploy to confuse the tourists. Try it for
$26 during August.
Our final special is an old favorite Double
Trouble Belgian Dubbel. It's a tasty extract version of one of the
classic Trappist styles. If you want it to be even better, try brewing
it with a bottle of Candi Sugar Syrup. $30 during August.
CCHBS Celebrates Mead Day August 5th
has announced that Saturday, August 5th is Mead
Day and we're going to celebrate it with them. Jay Hudson has volunteered
to conduct a mead making demonstration and will be bringing some homebrewed
meads to taste. Hopefully some more meadmakers will want to show off
their skills and a good time will be had by all.
Honey in Stock
As part of our Mead
Day celebration, we stocked some 1 gallon buckets of honey. These
hold roughly 12 lbs of honey – suitable for making 5 gallons of
mead. Originally we had one each of Wildflower, Clover, Sage and Orange
Blossom honey, but the Orange Blossom went out the door while I was
writing this. So if you want one of the others, don't delay.
New Product – Belgian Dark Candi Syrup
There's been a lot of talk lately about what form of candi sugar is
actually used in Belgian beers. While the book How to Brew Like a Monk
advocated liquid candi sugar syrup, it wasn't available on the US market.
Now it is! If you had a chance to taste the Double
Trouble Belgian Dubbel recipe that Greg brewed using the liquid
candi syrup, you know that it really can make a difference. Isn't it
time to try it yourself?
Wine – Another Way to Beat the Heat
Too hot to brew? Why not make wine instead? No boiling is required
with our concentrate wine kits. Better yet, red wine yeasts work very
well in warm temperatures. Best of all, you'll be surprised at the quality
you can get from a concentrate. We keep random examples of various varietals
in stock, so stop by and see if we've got something you'd like to try.