Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pictures of Hinesight Pale Ale

Enjoying one of my beers while I watch a hockey game.  Go Canes!

Here is a close-up of Hinesight.  See how pretty it looks.  

Hinesight Bottle Design

I was bored today, so I messed around with photoshop and came up with an idea for what the labels would look like for my first batch of beer.  Let me know what you think.

Hinesight Pale Ale

My first brew turned out to be (what I consider) a success.  I took the basic recipe for a pale ale and added some extra flavoring hops to mimic the hoppier body of an IPA.  

The three types of hops I used were Cascade (bittering), Simcoe, and Willamette.  The wort boiled for a full 60 minutes, taking in a lot of the flavor of the hops.  I didn't sparge my hops, which is definitely something I will do next time.  

The room where my fermentation bucket stayed was probably a little too cold for an ale.  The temperature fluctuated in the low 60's.  

After 12 days, I switched my batch into a secondary fermentation bucket, which I will probably do sooner next time. 

After 6 more days, bubbling had completely stopped (finally).  I switched back to the first bucket which had a nozzle for easier bottling.  I added a full 3/4 cup of corn sugar to this bucket.  

After 10 LONG days of waiting, I was finally able to taste my baby.  

The finished product was a very beautiful golden color, actually a little darker than I imagined it would turn out.  It had a very high hop taste, without overpowering the aromas of my steeping grains.  The alcohol content turned out to be about 4.5 percent.  My greatest relief was not having a metallic taste, as my previous brewing experience left me with.  

Hinesight Pale Ale is also not very carbonated.  It's not flat by any means, but I think the carbonation will improve over time.  I am planning on aging half of the batch for another 2-3 weeks and seeing how it turns out.