|My brew kitchen in the laundry room. Such as it is.|
I should note that the beer shown in the photo is not all my product - only about half of what is on the counter there is beer, the rest are cleaned empties waiting for refills. About half of the remainder is home brew, with the others there gifts from friends or neighbors or my own stash (I have hoarded a four-pack of Sierra's Hoptimum, for example). There are also four cases of home brew bottle conditioning there on the floor below (along with four cases of new bottles).
For the first time since I started this hobby two years ago I have a brew calendar that stretches out to May - mostly still brewing extract kits, although I have begun piecing together my own recipes. Here's what I have planned through May:
- Super Saison - this is the Northern Brewer Saison de Noel, however, I am late for a holiday release and instead plan to release this in time for Super Bowl.
- Honey Porter #4 - my fourth attempt at Honey Porter, this is the one I posted about yesterday.
- Nut Brown Ale - I have been waiting for winter to brew this one, and it is next on my list.
- Cascade IPA - I plan to brew a single-hopped IPA using Cascade hops. Three ounces came from fellow brewer Bill out in Luray, grown in his backyard. I'll dry-hop with an ounce of Willamette Cascade hops that Dan gave me.
- Petit Honey Saison - Another variation on a Northern Brewer kit.
- Honey Lavender Kolsch - I made this with the lavender tincture last year and it was very popular. I'll brew it for an early May release this year.
- Couer de Saison - this promises to be a light saison for June release. It's a flyer for sure, as the kit includes the makings of a basic saison with grape juice added, to lighten it up and make it a beer-wine combo. Skeptics get in line behind me.