Just because I haven't posted in a while does not mean that things have been slow here at Lake Effect Brewing. I have a couple more batches under my belt in the past couple of weeks, I have successfully captured and brewed a batch of beer with wild yeast, and I had a great hop harvest, all of which I plan on detailing in future blog posts. For now, I just wanted to throw out a quick plug for a couple of things and tomorrow when I brew my very first sour beer (maybe my second, I still have not tasted my wild yeast ale) I plan on doing a full sized post.
The first thing I want to mention is the Basic Brewing Logbook. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago and I could not be more pleased. I love this book. Even though I use Beer Tools Pro, this serves as an excellent hard copy for finalized recipes for the year. With its agenda in the first few pages, you are able to keep track of all of the dates for your primary, secondary, lagering, and anything else you could possibly want, and with room for 50 batches, even I would have to try to fill it up. For $13, you can't go wrong.
The second, and most important part of this post is a startup brewery in Austin, TX that needs your help. My brother in law's boss, the owner of Austin Homebrew Supply, is in the process of starting up a microbrewery and they need some help purchasing some more equipment. They have set up a Kick Starter page where you can pledge to donate money to their cause. Don't worry though, you won't be just giving someone a handout, for your donation, you can get anything from a sticker to being able to help create a featured beer as well as helping to name it. So, unbutton your change purses and help a worthy cause of fellow homebrewers to pursue their dream.
On Deck: The Gose is Loose
Primary: Wild Yeast Test Batch, Harvest Ale
Secondary: Wildflower Mead
Carbonating: Ginger Ale
Total for 2011: 76 Gallons