Well, as you can likely conclude (by the length of time that has passed since my last post) that I have not been brewing lately. You would be correct. Since I have been sitting on the ingredients for a Berliner Weisse for long enough that the grain was likely getting stale and the yeast was probably kaput, I opted to attempt to make bread with it. Using this recipe as a starting place. I ground the grain into coarse flour, substituted 2 cups of it for the whole wheat flour, and used my German Ale yeast as part of the liquid. The sponge smelled amazing, and it rose perfectly. As it baked, a delightful aroma filled Clementine. When it was done and cooled, the scent changed to ever-so-slightly graham cracker. I waited impatiently until it was cool enough to sample. I cut a slice only to discover it had a very dense crust and was completely raw in the middle.
Currently, it is heavy duty gardening season, and the pooch is getting adjusted to our routine (and doing very well). So, I will not be brewing for a while, or even thinking about it, for that matter. Every time I start to plan a brew, try to work it into my schedule and can't, I get disappointed. It's a Time Out on brewing. Just for summer. Once the hops are ready, I will start once again. But, for right now, life looks a lot like this:
Cheers, and have a lovely summer!