If you are like me, you have way too many homebrew ideas and yet you are still trying to figure out what to do next. So how about a Group Brew?
The Homebrew Academy is teaming up with the guys from the Four Brewers podcast for our first group brew of 2015. We will all be brewing a Wit style beer, but adding our own unique twist.
So first, what’s a group brew? This where a group of friends (or maybe not) all agree to brew that same style of beer, in the same time frame and get together to try, discuss and learn each other’s beer.
So who’s in our group? Well if your reading this, I hope you know who we are. What about the Four Brewers, who the hell are those guys? Well if you don’t know them, you should.
Based out of Southern California, they are; Matt Becker, John Holzer, Jason Harris and Greg Nagel. I’m sure I won’t be able to do them proper justice in my own words, so head over to their website and let them tell you for themselves. Better yet head over to iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and give them a listen. I'm not sure you can find another podcast out there that is having as much fun talking about beer and homebrewing. Drinking is involved.
So why a Wit? A Wit beer, in my opinion, is the style of beer that works really well incorporating some new and more complex flavors. While I’m saying we are all brewing a Wit, this isn’t a BJCP competition. Brew your own take on a Wit. It should have enough Wit characteristics to claim it’s a Wit, but there are no rules. I’m still formulating my recipe, but I’m going to stick with the BJCP for most style guidelines. However, that is where it might come off the rails a bit, I hear Turnips are in season.
BJCP 16A – Witbier
OG 1.044 to 1.052
FG 1.008 to 1.012
IBU 10 to 20
SRM 2.0 to 4.0
ABV 4.5 to 5.5
What are the goals? Have fun, brew a tasty beer and share it.
So here’s the plan.
- We will all brew each batch of beer to have it completed by the end of February.
- Sometime near the end of February or beginning of March, we will meet up with the Four Brewers to do a group podcast of the tasting.
- More details to follow as we finalize the dates. We will post on Facebook with status updates.
So what about you? Brew you own Wit and let us know how it turned out. Better yet, challenge your friends or homebrew club to join in with their own group brew.
If you'll be joining in the Group Brew (we hope you do), feel free to post your ideas/recipe/links to pictures down in the comments. Can't wait to see what you brewers come up with.