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CCHBS News for November 2007

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  1. Recipe Specials for November
  2. New Books Have Arrived!
  3. Fermentis Saflager S-23 Yeast is Available
  4. Seasonal Yeasts in Stock

Recipe Specials for November

"Any and All Lagers" Pacific Gravity's style of the month for January and November is the time to brew them. Luckily, our weather should be cool enough to work for even those without refrigeration.

First up is a new recipe, Pretender Pilsner. This recipe is intended to be fermented as an ale, for those of you who can't manage lager fermentation temperatures. Using a clean fermenting ale yeast and healthy doses of Saaz hops lets this pretender come close to the real thing. $22 during November.

Sepulveda Steamer is an old favorite, and is also a good choice if you don't have a dedicated refrigerator. It's a classic Steam Beer, fermented with a lager yeast in the low 60s. Brew it in November for $22.

My Favorite Marzen is a great recipe for brewing at any time of year, not just March. The style is also known as Oktoberfest and if you sampled any commercial festbiers during the past month, you'll know why we like it so much. Try it for only $26 during November.

Our last selection for this month is Das Bock. A true bock beer in the Bavarian style, it's a hearty beer with enough alcohol to let you know you're drinking something special. You can see what we mean for only $30.

New Books Have Arrived!

Two new books were delivered on October 31st. The first, Brewing Classic Styles, is written by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. If you haven't heard of either of them, one is a multi-time national homebrewer of the year and the other is the author of the single best homebrewing book available. With credentials like that, it's got all the hallmarks of an instant classic. The second is no less impressive: The Best of American Beer & Food. Subtitled "Pairing and Cooking with Craft Beer", it's both a survey of American craft beer by region and a cookbook. We've only had time to skim over some of the recipes, but it would sure be nice if some of them appeared on the table at the Holiday Party. Dogfish Head Crabcakes or Seafood Gumbo Abita-Style, anyone? You're a meat eater? How about Bock-Braised Pork Shoulder or Brewer's Pie?

Saflager S-23 Now Available

We've decided to stock a dry lager yeast, Saflager S-23. The word on the web is that it seems to be happier in the warmer end of the lager range: 55-58 degrees, so it might be a good choice for those of you without refrigeration.

Seasonal Yeasts in Stock

We're well stocked on a number of yeasts which are perfect for summertime brewing, including Wyeast 3056 Bavarian Wheat and 3726 Farmhouse Ale. We've also got seasonals from White Labs in stock, including Saison Blend, Cream Ale Blend, Dusseldorf Alt, Australian Ale, Antwerp Ale and Abbey Ale IV. You can make great beer from any and all of these, so why not try them instead of the same old, same old?


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