August 5, 2018
Dear Home Brewing Hasher,
This summer has been incredible in many ways except maybe one: It hasn't been very good for brewing beer. As we all know, those little Saccharomyces cerevisiae can be pretty picky about their environment and just like a certain Dicks that we all love, they don't really like it too hot. Fortunately, it is cooling down as we speak and yesterday I even had to put on pants for the first time in I don't know how many weeks!
But pants apart, what comes next? Well, a Home Brew Hash, of course! More exactly in two months on October 6, 2018, combined with SAH3 Run #807 at the old cottage Gamla Eneberg in Norrtälje. So consider this your heads-heads-up to get ready for another Boozy Battle of the Brewers. As the winner of the last HBH, I am honored to be your host and it is also bestowed upon me to decide on the theme of the occasion. Which will be...
A Secret [or not So Secret] Ingredient
This is kind of the opposite of the last HBH where we all had strict limitations on what to put into our brews; this time, everything is allowed! In fact, it is a requirement that you brew with something unusual or different in addition to the normal four ingredients: grains, hops, yeast, and water. Not only that, but it has to be something that gives a distinct flavor or character to the beer (i.e. you have to be able to clearly notice it).
Since harvest time is coming up, fruits
would be good choices, but it could just as well be herbs
or leftover pizza
or even animals
— anything that tickles your fancy and your taste buds, just as long as it is fairly well detectable by the average palate (no subtle bullcrap here, dump the whole doo-doo in the brew
). Simple clear flavors are preferred, but you may combine up to three separate non-standard ingredients if you really feel that they require each other's presence (cinnamon honey apple pie, anyone?).
Now, let those thoughts stir around for a while, then start brewing.
Cheers & On-On,