Good on ya, bro! Maybe look at some small breweries in your area. They often buy used kegs and sometimes find one or two in the lot with a leaky seal they can't use.
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This beer turned out awesome. It was damn near undrinkable a year ago. Got the courage to try it again tonight and - whoa!!! One of the best Old Ales I ever tasted. The brett in the WY strain is perfectly balanced. Really nice cherry pie tartness coming through. I brewed a side batch with all US-05, and while it is pretty good it does not compare to the complexity of the WY strain. Gonna have to brew this one again - maybe barrel age it!
You've got my address, right?
BTW, did you know that Old Crusty is the nickname for Rogue's BW?
I have a smack pack of WYEAST9097 Old Ale Blend and LOTS of sacks of Maris Otter laying around that I need to use. Never brewed an old ale before. I have a lot of crystal in the recipe because of the Brett strain in the yeast blend. Also bumped up the hops quite a bit, maybe too much? Take a look see and see what ya'll think.
15 lbs Maris Otter (Thomas Faucett)
2lbs Crystal 80L
2 oz Challenger (8aa) @ 60
2 oz EKG (5.5 aa) @ 30 min
2 oz EKG *5.5 aa) @ 5 min
This kinda got me thinking .... maybe .... maybe you could sub in something like 70% chinook and %30 citra and get something kinda similar. Would be worth a shot, assuming you can get Citra. Kinda hard to find no as well.
wow. after I posted that, i started thinking Chinook + Citra might do the trick since you get the pine from the former and tropical from the latter.
great minds drink alike...