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Tapped: Equinox Red Ale

Beer Label - Equinox

The first beer of 2010 was an Irish style Red Ale dubbed "Equinox" for its balance. It was strong without being heavy and hoppy without being too bitter. Unfortunately, it's tapped out now.

August Beer: Czech Pilz

Czech Pilsner

Bottled this weekend was the previously-mentioned Pilz. The West Coast Pale Ale was a resounding success; one of the cleaner, most balanced (sweet, light, hoppy) beers I've made in a while.

To be fair, I try to brew stuff that's not available in stores, like Pumpkin porter (a repeat favorite, coming in late October), and Coffee Bock (a new recipe for my annual Octoberfest bock).

Beer Brewing: Kolsch

Kolsch The first brew of the season was a leftover from fall, a relatively dark Vienna Lager. I added some extra honey to sweeten it up a bit. It turned out as an excellent beer for a crisp autumn day, but was drinkable in the early spring as well.

Carbonating and conditioning right now is Kolsch, an ale that masquerades as a lager, native to Cologne. It has a mild aroma of dried banana (seriously), and took quite a while to get ready for bottling, so I'm hopeful for a complex taste.

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