Lawn chores, deck needs staining, laundry to fold, garage needs cleaning, dishes need washing - stupid everyday life. But staring down into a few gallons of boiling wort on a midsummer evening is 60-plus guaranteed minutes of quiet meditation, a brain vacation. A brain vacation into outer space, thanks to the heady, high-alpha tropical-fruit funk of Galaxy hops. Outer space ... tropical-fruit funk ... that sounds like Parliament mashed up with Os Mutantes; I think I have a brewnight soundtrack.
Life is complicated enough already, so the recipe is going to be stupid simple: no steeping grains, one hop variety in three additions, 3 gallon batch size to eliminate the need for a starter and to minimize time I need to spend waiting for the wort to cool.
One more soapbox to climb before collecting water: American pale ale. How soon it seems we consigned you to the scrap heap of history in the rush to continuously-hopped torpedoed triple-digit IBUs and Doppelbock-grade ABVs as a matter of course. I have not forgotten, and I still love you.
Intergalactic Brain Rescue
3 gallons, extract
- 3 lbs Briess Golden Light DME
- 0.5 oz Galaxy hops (pellet), 13% aa @60"
- 0.75 oz Galaxy - @15"
- 0.5 oz Galaxy @0"
- Chill to 65, pitch White Labs 029 German Ale/Kolsch
- Ferment 7 days, rack to secondary (but save yeast cake!)
- Dry hop - 0.5 oz Galaxy for 7 more days
- fine & keg