Made 6 liters (a Tap-A-Draft’s woth) of Rainbow’s “Old Fashioned” Sarsaparilla Soda today after brewing. I already had the sanitizer mixed up so why not. I used the ingredient ratios recommended in the instructions and the uncarbonated soda tastes pretty good. There’s a good vanilla kick alongside a strong spicy, barky sarsaparilla element.
I brewed a vienna lager today and with it being late summer I knew our tap water wouldn’t cool the wort far enough. Here in Milwaukee we’re fortunate to have cool tap water all year but it does get up to 55-60 in the summer which doesn’t work well for getting the wort down to… Continue reading Cooling Wort to Lager Temps
Well as usual the GTMW was a rousing success. Good weather, crowds & beer. There were a few raindrops towards the end but I don’t think anyone noticed. I’m consistently amazed at the lack of drunken frat boy presence at this fest. The lack of popped collars and rowdy behavior really sets this apart. Perhaps… Continue reading 2008 Great Taste of the Midwest