Pales in Comparison tasting notes

I finally got to sample of Bow Bog Brewing’s version of the pales in comparison along side my version. The basic idea was for the two us to brew the same recipe, using similar ingredients. The two of us ‘designed’ recipe fairly arbitrarily. During an email exchange we agreed on a style, I picked the hop bill, and Mike picked the grain bill. I don’t think either of us has much in the way of experience making recipes, but this came together surprisingly well. We were both happy with the outcome, but I think we both have ideas on how we’d change it to fit our ideal local rye pale ale.

Here are the resulting details:

Brew Day Notes:
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Reviewing Homebrew U the Perfect American Pale Ale with Matt Brynildson

I’ve been a big fan of the brewing network since I started brewing, and I’ve been listening to the shows religiously for the past three years. When I heard they’d be making a dvd to share the best way to brew a pale ale I had to have it. I consider pale ale a challenging beer to brew well. It’s a beer of balance, walking the line of hoppy and clean, while avoiding being thin. I’ve said this before, it’s a large percentage of what I drink, and equally large portion of what I brew. The idea of getting tips on how to brew the beer straight from Matt Brynildson was impossible to pass up. So I signed up for the preorder, and paid my $17.99. Continue reading

Hydrometer reading of rye pale ale

Pales in Comparision: Collaboration with Bow Bog Brewing

This beer is a collaboration beer with my good friend Mike, of Bow Bog Brewing. We have been homebrewing in parallel for the past few years, and have had many an exchange recently about technique, ingredients, and various projects. We both have a similar focus on sourcing our ingredients locally, and trying to build our own equipment, and are at a similar experience level brewing. So when we went in on a few sacks of grain from Valley Malt late last year we started talking about a beer we would both brew. Continue reading