06/17/2013 by syrbal-labrys
Admittedly, our summer thus far has been anything but lazy. And while several days a week will still be busy with normal yard work, I seriously hope the “heavy lifting” phase is over! That gigantic Ball jar in the picture? That is going to aid with the summer hazy part. That four gallon jar is brewing a delicious BEER made with NO grain. One of the tasks this weekend was cutting back elaborate growth in the South yard, garden sage was overflowing onto the walkway, so I suddenly had a surfeit of sage.
All you beer purists who insist on wheat and barley, I have news for you …. not all beers were always grain and hops based! Many deliciously light and intoxicating herbal brews existed and we intend to try several this year, brewing a new one about twice a month. The straight herbal brews are intoxicatingly EASY, too. Much more like the simple process of brewing mead, that magical potion we are so accustomed to making. Some of THAT is going to be bubbling away in a carboy by dawn, too. So, the Sage and Saffron batch is bubbling away…just look at that promising rim of froth and the bubbles enthusiastically roiling the golden-brown depths! Into the keg by Thursday and ready for chilling mugs-full by Saturday!