« on: December 29, 2011, 05:03:21 PM »
I don't recall how many batches I brewed this year (12 - 15 maybe?), however, the highlights are:
1. Brewed my first lagers (two in one day)... a hoppy, dark beer (basically from a CDA recipe of mine... or in this case a CDL) with Wyeast Bohemian Lager yeast... and a hoppy, light-colored beer (basically a India White Ale (IWA) from an IWA recipe of mine... or in this case an IWL) with Wyeast Urquell Lager yeast. Both turned out beautifully to my surprise given they were my first attempts at lagering.
2. Made a Sweetwater IPA clone that turned out beautifully.
3. Kept tweaking my Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale clone.
4. Upgraded my brewing equipment... bought a Blichmann 20-gallon Brewpot.
5. Started brewing on a commercial level with a local brewery... in fact, they've incorporated two of my recipes into flagship beers. One being the first IPA ever locally produced in Korea - Craftworks Moon Bear IPA
6. Brewed two beers that had less than six ounces of hops... I'm a hop head. It was tough! But folks enjoyed the Winter Warmer (with cherries, cinnamon, and vanilla). The Caramel Machiato beer is waiting to be kegged and carbed.
7. Made a makeshift kegerator.
Stuff for 2012:
1. Get a Therminator
2. Work more with the local brewery and learn more about the commercial equipment they use.
3. Fine tune my IPA's, CDA's, IWA's, and IWL's
4. Continue to help promote homebrewing in Korea by doing more tastings at local pubs, brewery tours, and assisting Korea's new American Craft Beer distributor, Mr. Sung Lee of Brewmasters International. Hopefully he can convince more American Craft Beer makers to sell their beers to him. Currently, he has Anderson Valley, Lost Coast, and Rogue. Great breweries, but one can never have enough choice, right?
5. Maybe brew a hefewiezen... never done that before.
Cheers everyone and have a great 2012!!!