Friday, March 2, 2012

Breaking the Law, Breaking the Law

California state statute § 23356.2 allows the manufacture of beer for personal or family use, and not for sale by a person over the age of 21. The aggregate amount of beer with respect to any household shall not exceed 200 gallons or 100 gallons if only one adult resides in such household.
The brewery has been a busy place and it's going to have to keep up the late nights if we're going to exceed the legal limit of brewing in 2012.

There's been the bottling of the very anticipated and much talked about Imperialis (Duplices Oculus Pallidus Cervisie).

Two Pallidus were brewed last week. A Double Brewday Week with a Golfday in between.

Pallidus Columbus
CTZ (hop) is an acronym for Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus, three trade names owned by various private corporations for the same variety of hop, a superalpha cultivar that is capable of delivering about 14% to 18% alpha acids. In addition to being a powerful bittering hop, CTZ also has some solid, slightly pungent aromas derived from about 1.5 to 2 ml of hop oil per 100 g. CTZ ranks among the most widely grown hop in the United States and is planted in all major American growing regions.

Because of its powerful bittering potential, CTZ has become a much sought-after hop by craft brewers experimenting with distinctly American beer tastes, particularly American pale ale, "double IPA", imperial stout, or barley wine. In these brews, this hop is often paired with other typically American hops, including Cascade and Chinook. An American West Coast favorite, CTZ is useful for making "extreme" beers with very high international bittering units because it can deliver a big punch of bitterness without loading up the kettle and/or whirlpool with too much plant material. The Oxford Companion to Beer.

And Pallidus Centennial
Over time, certain varieties of hops are grouped together. Noble hops are a group of hops that have been used in beer for a very long time and they are all grown in continental Europe. Another hop group, which is much newer, is the Three Cs. These are American hops that all have names that start with the letter “C” and have come to define ales brewed in this country. Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus (some sources now extend the group to more than just 3).

Centennial (hop)
Origin: USA. It was bred in 1974 (known as CFJ90) and released to the public in 1990. It is a cross between many different varieties including: Brewers Gold, Fuggle, East Kent Golding & Bavarian.
Aroma: Pungent. Citrus-Like. Floral but not as floral as Cascade. More bitter than Cascade though.
Alpha Acid: 9% to 12%
Typical Usage: Some sources stated bitterness; other sources stated aroma/finishing hop. I think Centennial is one of those great dual purpose hops.
Beer Styles: It is a defining hop variety in American pale ales and IPA styles. Some sources stated that they would work well in darker ales too.


Both Brewdays went very well. Target gravities were hit, efficiency was excellent, challenges were presented and met. It went very smoothly, twice. Part of the thrill came from our exciting new North Carolina Walnut mash paddle.
New Mash Paddle

AND we've got the Corvusator into Deep Lagering.

That will be bottled in May. Then we shall brew an Octoberfest and slam that in the box for the rest of the summer. Sadly this lageration ties up a valuable carboy and slows down production.

More glass is needed.

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