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Boca Verde IPA

Just a quick blurb about my most recent brew, again I apologize for not being more of a blogosauras*, but things are crazy busy right now. Boca Verde IPA: Brewed 4/25

  • Expected OG: 1.068
  • Actual OG: 1.072 (my efficiency has been too good lately!)
  • IBU: 90+
  • Expected FG: 1.016
  • Actual FG: 1.015
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Fermentables: Pale 2-Row, American Wheat, Carapils and Turbinado sugar.
  • Hops: Bittering – Columbus.   Flavor/Aroma – Centennial, Citra, Simcoe. Dry Hop – Citra, Simcoe, Columbus
  • Yeasties: WLP001 California Ale

Suffice it to say I've never used this many hops in an IPA before, the flameout/whirlpool hop additions were insane! That makes it a fairly expensive beer to make, and my expectations are high. Sampled tonight upon kegging and adding the second round of dry hops, and it was good enough for some serious fist pumps by myself in the garage. Could be the best beer I've ever made...we'll have to see.

*one who blogs a lot

6/2/13 Edit: Not the best beer I've ever made. Certainly a good beer, but there was a CO2 issue in my system and the kegs sat flat for a few days, that's what I'm blaming on the change in flavor and aroma from my first tastes.  Will try this beer again though, probably knocking off ~.8%ABV and 20IBU.

Lookin for a Home

Tomorrow I head out with my commercial realtors from Cresa to look at 5 or 6 potential locations - what will we find? A perfect warehouse space? Former Dairy Queen glory? The remnants of an old meat locker waiting to be restored? I don't know but I'm pumped to get the search officially underway; despite our 58 breweries, Portland still has pockets aching for a killer brewery that also scratches the change-the-world-itch. In brewing news, I've brewed another batch of Rufus Red which is predictably good. I've also been experimenting with some new hops via single-hop pale ales - so far I've done Ahtanum and Delta, I haven't tried the Delta yet but the Ahtanum is really tasty. Session-city with light fruit and floral flavors, it leaves nothing on your tongue but the desire for one more sip....I also brewed a Saison-Wheat-Pale hybrid with Amarillo hops that I modified from Drew Beechum (a Saison wizard) and the two carboys finished at an FG of 1.004 and 1.002! Crazy dry, crazy refreshing and wonderful. Could make a few tweaks, but it just might end up being a staple.

In life news: IMG_0089

I can't believe I'm a dad, it's incredible.

it's going to be a really big year

It's that time of the year when you spend a good amount of time reflecting and dreaming - yet in practicality there isn't a whole lot to look forward to here in the NW. The month-long friends and family holiday whirlwind is over, there is no longer any excuse to have a beer or a whisky at 2:30 in the afternoon, it's cold and dreary, and you stream whole seasons of mediocre TV shows on Netflix without blinking an eye; it's back to real life folks. As for me, I don't quite know what that means right now - I don't have 'the man' to keep me in line or on a schedule, I'm kind of on my own in this unemployed start-up business frontier. Scary cool stuff. In the interest of making lists (it's a major blogging faux pas to not make lists around the new year), here are some things that will likely occur in the next 3 months that I find exciting:

1.) Sarah and I will no longer just be Sarah and I. Baby girl is coming, she's coming, she's coming. It's inevitable and imminent and yet not really real to me at this point other than knowing it in a way that I know physics or BREWING. I'm going to be a dad, and she's going to break my heart.

2.) Ex Novo is going to be something the state of Oregon knows about. Mostly the Secretary of State. We're going to incorporate this thing hopefully in the next month or so - plenty of nauseating paperwork to fill out and decisions on how we want to word our By-Laws, etc., but it will be a tangible step toward legitimacy. We could all use a little legitimacy around here.

3.) I'm going to wrangle some people into forming a Board of Directors for a brewery. Who would've ever thought that would be a thing?

4.) I'm going to persuade some really savvy and level-headed people to invest in what we're doing with chunks of cash.

5.) I'm (hopefully) going to rehab/sell a home in the area to provide for #1 and stave away conventional employment.

All in all I think 2013 is going to be amazing; the more I talk about the brewery plans with friends and strangers alike, the more I feel like it's actually going to happen and the vision gets a little clearer. All aboard!

Here's a cool pic of my family - WARNING - not beer related at all.

fam