I have been missing for a while here. It is not without reason. I learned in January that I had a fat deposit in my liver. As such, I backed away from beer and alcohol and focused on my family and my health.
I have dropped over 40 pounds in the process. I continued brewing but aimed for ultra-low gravity beers. I aimed initially for under 3% ABV but have recently upped that to an occasional 3.5% ABV(My Imperial/Double of the styles, if you will).
I knew when I started that flavor and mouthfeel were going to be hard to replicate and that I would have to do some work to get them where I wanted them.
That all said, I think I have gotten this to a place where I am making really good beer that I can pass off as much bigger beers than they are.
I now have a West Coast "IPA", a Dark English Mild, a Berliner Weisse and a Scottish Heavy that I think are very good. I am most proud of the IPA in terms of having to throw a lot of tricks at the beer in order to make this beer a good "IPA" while keeping it into the sub 3% ABV.
I am going to start using this site as a kind of brew log and idea dump.
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