Brewing Plans for the Year

Written by Damon on January 30, 2009

I have a mild distaste for New Year’s resolutions. If they help you, then great. But if I’m not going to change my life for the better now, then I’m probably not going to do it on New Year’s Day either.

That’s why I like this month’s Fermentation Friday topic about setting goals. It’s like a New Year’s resolution, without being on the New Year. Other bloggers can write about their New Year’s resolutions, and I can still write about my goals without compromising on my irrational distaste for New Year’s resolutions.

Here are a few things I’m working on now or would like to start working on.

Cook with Beer

I’ve started started this with my beer-glazed cheesecake, but I’d like to cook and post more if I can.

Cook with Barley

Again, I’ve started this as the beer-glazed cheesecake had a barley crust. I’m planning on using it for stuffing, in muffins, and in layered desserts. I’m sure I’ll come up with something

Start Cheese Making

I know it’s not beer, but they go well together so I think it counts. The tricky part seems to be getting my hands on Calcium Chloride that needs to be added back in to pasteurized milk to make cheese.

Get More Malt Aroma in my Beer

As far as I understand it, malt aroma is controlled by mash temperature, but following the advice from professional brewers has only made a small difference in the aroma of my beers.

The Canadian malt I get from the local is supposed to be of a quite high quality. I thought it was all Gambrinus, but if you look at their website you’ll see their only 2-row is organic and I didn’t think I was getting organic malt.

I’d like to try premium malts from other places, but I don’t think it’s worth the effort ordering and storing just yet.

Make Water Adjustments

I’ve tried this a few times before, but only recently bought a quality scale that I can use to properly measure water additions.

I planned on doing my calculations while getting my strike water up to full temperature, but I always forget doing things like bottling or writing here instead.

Time for some math and discipline.