So, it's been a while since I've posted anything in this blog. In fact, it's been nearly 5 months. This has mostly been due to the birth of my new son, Aaron, who was born on June 2, 2011. He's four months old now and I'm just coming out of the new parent/new job fog enough to be able to start catching up on the incredible back log of things that I would like to do, like update this blog. One thing that hasn't lagged though, is my actual brewing. Even though (up until today), I hadn't updated the site at all since May, I've been brewing right along. I've brewed the Propagation Pale Ale again, I've brewed a new recipe, the Heisenberg Hefeweizen (more on this in a minute), and, just this last weekend, I brewed another new recipe, the Neuralizer Imperial IPA. Also in the mean time, the parti-gyle brewfest I had in May in which I brewed the Limbic Libation Barleywine and the Aftershock Amber Lager, has resulted in some of the better beers I've ever made. The Limbic Libation, even in the five short conditioning months it's had since brewing, turned out so smooth and so balanced, that I'm definitely going to enter it into competition next year. The Aftershock, after three months of lagering, has really turned into a dangerously delicious beer. Everyone who's tried it has loved it, and my buddy Ken says that he, "...could drink irresponsible amounts of this."
Overall, it's been a very successful brewing year so far. The move to all-grain brewing has proven to be very rewarding and a lot more fun than the traditional extract/partial mash brewing I was doing before. Now, I'm going to be pushing the envelope on past recipes, as well as brewing new recipes to test the limits of all-grain brewing. Next up, I think, will be the Dark Matter Doppelbock, re-conceived as an all-grain brew complete with decoction mashing. I'm looking forward to that one. Now a little more on the Heisenberg.