A barista angel joined me on the front porch, apparently. It was a perfect day, in the mid-70's, for brewing up a milk stout accented with Scharffen Berger cocoa nibs and Enne Caffe organic Peru coffee (to be added in secondary fermentation). Get away from the cold, my friends back east, and come out for a brew day in Vista, California. Or, join me for a cold one on the front porch and take in the sunset -- Southern California style.
Shining Sunbeam Saison is now in fermentation, coddled by the trusty electric blanket. Happy yeast = good beer.
With the weather in the 80's, a saison was asking to be made, and thus the Shining Sunbeam Saison was born. This is a saison with bay leaves from my sister's yard in San Diego and eureka lemon peel from the Vista Farmer's Market. The hops are Styrian Goldings. Below is the sparging process for this beer, where we look to extract as much as possible from the grains that were ground the day prior. Can't wait to taste this brew and compare it to the last one made, Bee Saison, with honey and pink peppercorns. Excuse me, as it's time to go swaddle this baby with an electric blanket. Life is rough in the beer brewing hotspot of Vista, California.
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