Saturday, August 11, 2007

Old Sarge Oatmeal Hefeweizen

Well, weekends are for brewing in SGT Stout's house. This one was for moving product. I have given 4 bottles of my recently finished Glen Coe Octoberfest Ale out, and am awaiting critique. I know there are a few off tastes, and you can really taste the burnt malt, but in a good way. The hops are mellow, with a hint of floral and spice. Good thick head, which will retain over aging. A caramel color and finish accent an otherwise flawless, light bodied fall ale.

The German quartermaster brought back a sweet score from Deutchland. A rack of gasket top (think Grolsch) 16 oz (1 Pint) bottles. Another is en route. These will make a perfect complement to the Oatmeal Hefe that is conditioning as I post!.
The Hefe was just an AHS Bavarian kit, but I dropped the liquid malt, and half of it spilled out. I thought about it, an thout i would see what happened if I substituted with 2 lbs of flaked oatmeal. Let me tell you, the smell was amazing! Having just moved it to condition, it smells like a German Hefe, bananas and cloves with a SG of 1.050, and an FG of 1.010. I figure I will bottle next week.
Also in the works is a recipe from EdWort, for a German style Apfelwein. Its easy:
5 gallons of 100% Apple Juice
2 lbs dextrose
1 packet Montrachet (5g) dry yeast.
This will be ready in about 3 weeks. Just in time for the tasting party! (Hefe, Oktoberfest, Apfelwein) Looks like we will be having the German fests in America, a month early!
Next weekend, there is a CentexBOCK meeting in Cove, at Giovannis, Sat at 1800. Sunday, I will be brewing a Sweet Stout for She Who Must Be Obeyed. She had one at Draught House, and fell in love. Imagine, Mrs Stout, is a Stout-frau!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The 10 Commandments of Beer

1. Thou shalt worship any god other than :

2. Thou shalt not make wrongful use of:

3. Remember the Sabbath, and keep it Holy:

4. Honor thy Mother and Father:

5. Thou shalt not murder thine taste buds:

6. Thou shalt not commit adultery:

7. Thou shalt not steal:

8. Thou shalt not bear false witness:

9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors beer:

10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife:

Mission Statement


Enlistment in the Military Brewers Brigade is now open. Qualified candidates should apply directly to SGT Stout at 555-****. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

-Be physically and mentally fit (to drink beer)
-Possess acute sensory awareness (when tasting beer)
-Be highly motivated (to discuss beer)
-Be able to pass the standard military Field Sobriety Test. (when not drinking beer)
-Able to work well with others (when making, drinking, talking, or thinking about beer)

This Blog will serve as an open forum to any person who likes beer. SGT Stout will share his recipes, experiences, AAR's, and results, as well as discuss with any who like, the joys of home brewing, tasting of fine microbrews, as well as the reporting of counterintelligence against our enemy (Budweiser, Coors, Miller, etc.) who shamelessly promote consumption of seditious beverages.

Anyone who wishes to serve in the MBB need only read.

POC for this memorandum is Maj. Malt @ 555-****

Seriously folks. I googled it, and it seems as though there is no forum for military brewers to call our own. At the very least, I will share what I know, and what I learn. At the best, we will all build a stronger sense of community and identity for the things we have in common: service to our country, and the love of good beer. This doesnt mean its limited to servicemen only. We welcome all beer related traffic from any source. So read on, enjoy, and RDWHAHB.
-SGT Stout