Sunday, October 19, 2008

Brewing instead of running

The week started okay, but fall allergies killed me this week.

I was a total mess for about 3 days, so a pretty lame week of running.

I still kind of can use the excuse that I am recovering, so I am not worried. I think my knee needed a little more rest.

So instead of going out for a trail run yesterday, I brewed beer! First time since June.

Hop prices are down, and it sounds like the hop harvest was pretty good this year. Look for more brewing happening in the near future.

I made a pumpkin ale. If you were at the RTA Fat Ass last year, I had a few bottles of this there (it was not the beer in the keg). It was not too good last year, as I think I made some mistakes in the process.

This year, everything went smooth, and I had significant krausen in 8 hours (last year it took 48... oops). I know this means nothing to most of you, but I don't have anything else going on. AND, you might get to try it if you are lucky enough to run with me.... cough cough.

I brewed 10.5 gallons
Starting gravity = 1.058
IBU = 37
SRM = 8 (me when I am seriously dehydrated)
This should pan out to be 5.5% alcohol by volume.

Next on deck - Amber Ale, using home toasted malt. Can't wait to make that.

Gone to Kansas City for the next week, so I hope to run the Psycho Wyco course if I have time. My dad used to hang out in that park 60 years ago. Funny how that works.


Runnin-from-the-Law said...

My knee needs rest too. Maybe I should have some of that beer to go with it. Pumpkin ale sounds good!

Kel said...

Since hops is a staple of my diet, I'm glad to hear that there was a good crop this year ;)

Take as much time off as you need so that when you do get back to running, it's actually FUN again!

SteveQ said...

I just bought the Wyeast Eau de Vie strain, so plan on doing a Belgian Abbey with SG 1.150 or higher! In the unlikely case it's any good, I'll let you know.