It’s been a while since I’ve made a batch of homebrewed beer. I like to do it, but I’ve been distracted by other things in life, so I haven’t done it for a long time. Today, I fixed that. I decided that I wanted to take some of the Cascade hops I have from my dad’s hop farm, and make a Northwest Pale Ale, something quite like the Deschutes’ Red Chair NWPA.
I use the name Studious Dwarf as my brewing name. And I do this because I feel like it does a fine job of capturing my thoughts and persona as it relates to brewing: A brewer should be attentive to details, clean, organized, and precise. I feel that this is well reflected in the modern mythology of dwarves. So I use the name. Today I made my 2nd ever batch of beer, which I am entitling Brown Barbazu Ale. Barbazu is the name of a D&D monster, a bearded devil. This is fun. My previous beer (which came out really well) was called Red Kobold Hunting Ale, and is a red, light ale. This current batch will be more bitter, with hoppy bites to it.