The Last of the Raspberry Wheat Ale 

Started early in the afternoon grilling a tri- tip and a bone in rib-eye steak. It had been so friggin hot that grilling is out of thequestion. It is 1:43 in the afternoon and it’s only 88 deg. F and 38% humidity. What a wonderful day! 

I am sipping on a pint of the “Yes Dear Raspberry Wheat Ale” while grilling. There’s is maybe a pint left in the Tap-a-Draft 6 L mini keg and 4 or 5 bottles left from that batch. 

 

Glass is courtesy of one of my several visits to the No Label Brewing, Katy, Texas. Very good beers and an awesome brewery to visit. Today, if they were open, would be the perfect day to sit under the big shade trees, play some Corn Hole and enjoy some of their offerings. The B-52 Brewery in Conroe also comes to mind on a day like this! 
Last night I sampled a bottle of my Session Pale Ale. It is definitely light, 3.8-4.0% ABV. I went heavy on the dry hopping but could have gone heavier  I do believe! I will get my son Ben to give me his opinion. He likes the Session IPA’/Pale Ales. 

Next up, my backyard hive honey in something. A wheat ale, maybe a pumpkin ale or just a plain ole honey ale. I will keep y’all posted! 

Now, back to the tri-tip. Love the aroma of grilled meat. Just hope the HOA doesn’t elect PETA board members!!!! LOL

  
The Rib-Eye is getting ready to hit the flames. One more pint and the grilling will be complete. 

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop

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The fridge is now well stocked with two, 6 Liter mini-kegs. I have been using these mini kegs by Tap-A-Draft for several years now. It is so cool to go to the fridge and draw a draught(draft) beer in the comfort of your home. The challenge is to behave and be frugal with my special brews. On top of that, just a minor little thing…..these beers are about double the calories of a Coors Light. I use the optical trick of using 12 ounce pilsner glasses instead of my pint or Imperial pint glasses to fool my myself….apparently I am easily fooled!.

One tap is the Raspberry Wheat Ale brewed with my home brewing buddy Mike H. He uses the soda fountain type kegs commonly known as “corny” kegs. They are typically 5 gallon capacity, but he also has a couple of 2.5 gallon kegs….so, we split the batch. He filled his 2.5 gallon keg and I split the remainder of the 5 gallon batch into two 6 Liter mini’s. It is very much like an Abita Purple Haze for those of you that know of the beer.

The other is my first all-grain beer. All grain is defined as; “Homebrewing method that does not use any extracts. All grain homebrewers use malted grains in a mash to produce sugars for fermentation. All grain brewing is more difficult but it affords the brewer greater freedom and flexiblilty over the final product.”

The all grain batch is a Naked Golden Blonde, not because of my lecherous nature -it is due to the use of Naked Golden Oats from the UK as a portion of the grain bill. I will have to admit that she, I mean the beer, turned out to be very blonde! In fact, I just finished mowing the lawn and I deserve a Naked Golden Blonde………Ale!

The left is the Raspberry Wheat Ale and the right is the Naked Golden Blonde Ale.

The left is the Raspberry Wheat Ale and the right is the Naked Golden Blonde Ale.

 

Ah, A Naked Golden Blonde Ale with a freshly mown lawn in the background!

Ah, A Naked Golden Blonde Ale with a freshly mown lawn in the background!

 

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly

Bishop