Posts Tagged ‘american pale ale’

Brewed: I’m Sick of these Dolphins

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

I’m Sick of these Dolphins, American Pale Ale, brew day thoughts:

home grown cascade hops
A huge crop of ready to harvest cascade hops.

The bumper crop of Cascade hops growing on the south side of the house begged to be used in a home brew. An American Pale Ale with a simple recipe seemed to be the best route for a whirlpool hop addition of these beautiful Cascade hops. Close to a S.M.A.S.H. (Single Malt And Single Hop), I’m Sick of these Dolphins was created. The simple recipe, using only Maris Otter malt, didn’t take long to develop. I only wished I had Cascade pellets on hand.

There was a entire pound of 2017 Centennial hops in the freezer that were begging to be the boil additions. Since they are sometimes referred to as super Cascade I figured the profile wouldn’t be that far off from Cascade and they would compliment the profile of the home grown Cascade.

A pound of home grown Cascade hops in the kettle for a whirlpool.

The name for the beer comes from a quote from the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Since I was using wet hops, I thought it was appropriate to have a name associated with wet/water. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is the only movie I could think of quickly, that I would want to quote, that dealt with water (Dammit, I forgot Jaws).

Brew day: went well, it was my first time brewing on back-to-back weekends since the beginning of 2019. I have great brewing days the latter half of ’19, let’s hope that I can keep them lined up. Enjoy!

Recipe for I’m Sick of these Dolphins

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, September 01, 2019
Day: Overcast, rain early, humid, @70*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S04
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.049
Finishing Gravity: ?
IBU: 38.3
Color: 4.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 66.99%
Alcohol by Volume: ?%
Apparent Attenuation: ?%
Calories per ounce: ?
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @66*F

Grain Bill:
10.00 pound(s) Marris Otter

Saccharification @152.8*F

Hop Bill:
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @20 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @15 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Centennial @5 minutes
Boat Load ounce(s) Freshly Harvested Cascade whirlpool, 15 minutes

1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 quart of rice hulls


  • 2019-09-02 morning: @66.0*F, added yeast.
  • 2019-09-02 evening: @64.7*F, very faint fermentation.
  • 2019-09-03 morning: @64.2*F, light fermentation.

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Ska Brewing Company Euphoria (365 Day 338)

Friday, November 4th, 2011

ska brewing company euphoria

Ska Euphoria

You ever have a beer that you forget about because it keeps getting pushed to the back by other American craft beers; not on purpose but, at least in this case, because it is smaller (12 ounce can) than the bombers (22 ounce bottle) or 750s (750ml bottle)?

I have no idea how long Euphoria by Ska Brewing Company has been sitting in the cellar. My initial guess is a good two years. Heck, I went to Ska’s site to get information on the beer and it isn’t listed. I know it was a winter seasonal but they even brew the beer anymore? It wasn’t listed with the other canned beers.

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Euphoria because I knew it had been long forgotten and American pale ales don’t take kindly to aging. What I experienced was way less. Two sips of this beer: the original sip and a second to make sure it didn’t misinterpret the first, and it was a drain pour. This was horrible.

I have no idea if they still make this beer but I do know this: drink it fresh. Far from a euphoric experience. Enjoy!

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