Creamsicle Cream Ale

Creamsicle Cream Ale

Creamsicle Cream Ale

Back in April I asked Kellie from, www.princessandtheyardape.com, if she would be willing to do a guest post for my blog.  As a beer and cider kind of guy, I don’t know as much about wine, or at least not as much as I’d like to. I thought she would be perfect to drop some wine knowledge over on my blog. I was right! She did a great summer salad with a beautiful wine pairing. Back then I fully expected to be able to get my post for her done in a couple weeks, little did I know that this past summer was going to be one of the busiest I’ve had. I didn’t even get a chance to work on my own blog, let alone fulfill my long over due post for Kellie. So, here I am finally providing one for her with my Creamsicle Cream Ale Clone Recipe. 

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Illegally Blonde Irish Red: Stepping Up my Home Brew Game.

Illegally Blonde Irish Red: Stepping Up my Home Brew Game.

I’m proud of this beer. Not because it’s particularly amazing, but because it’s the first all grain recipe I developed that I didn’t completely screw up. I imagine it’s the same feeling parents get when they send their first born to college. Sure, he didn’t turn out the way they imagined… and yeah, maybe he’s majoring in Canadian studies, but dammit it’s their kid!  

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It seems like my home brewing aspirations have come to a screeching halt. Or is it that I just learned a really tough lesson? Let me explain, my last three brews have all been infected.  Meaning, in home brew talk, that a wild yeast or bacteria has made it's way into the wort (beer before its beer) which produces off/sour flavours, making it undrinkable.

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This past weekend was my birthday. I had 25 of my closes friends and family over to celebrate and served one of my all time favourite home brews. If anyone has had Innis&Gunn before, the flavour profile is similar but with more prevalent rum flavour. It's probably because I soak oak wood chips in rum while they use, from my understanding anyway, old oak rum barrels to age their beer in, thus dispersing the flavour more evenly.

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