Parrot Head Pale Ale on Deck!

On August 31, 2008, in Homebrewing, Music, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Parrot Head Pale Ale

It’s time to brew again!  It’s been a while since I was on a major brewing roll in July, and the hops are calling me.  I haven’t brewed a pale ale in ages, so in honor of my upcoming Jimmy Buffett show at the Shoreline Amphitheater, in late October, tomorrow I’ll be brewing Parrot Head Pale Ale.  I’ve had a White Labs WLP001 – California Ale starter going since last Tuesday (and fed twice:), so I ought to have a great fermentation.  It’s a very simple recipe:

Parrot Head Pale Ale
10-A American Pale Ale

Size: 10.56 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 304.6 per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.068 (1.045 – 1.060)
Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 – 1.015)
Color: 9.5 (5.0 – 14.0)
Alcohol: 6.75% (4.5% – 6.0%)
Bitterness: 44.46 (30.0 – 45.0)

t.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during boil, boiled 0.0 min
23.0 lbs Pale Ale
1.5 lbs American Munich
1.5 lbs American Victory
1.0 lbs 2-Row Carapils® Malt
1.5 oz Simcoe (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
0.75 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
0.75 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.5 oz Cascade (5.5%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.0%) – added during boil, boiled 1.0 min
2.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 10.0 min
2000 mL White Labs WLP001 California Ale

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Summer of Music

On July 12, 2008, in Music, Travel, by Mark Ranes

Paul Thorn at Rancho NicasioTomorrow we kick off our summer music tour.  We are heading up to Marin county to see Paul Thorn at Rancho Nicasio.  The show is a part of their BBQ on the Lawn series of events and thankfully I reserved tickets several months back, as the show is now sold out.  Here’s a great video clip you can enjoy from Paul’s web site (be patient and give the video clip time to load:).  Our friends, Eric and Becky, as well as the DawBoy, will join us for the show and an overnight at our friend’s cabin in Inverness.

Brenda and I will be going back to The Fillmore, in San Francisco, to see UB40 and Maxi Priest, on August 5th.  We really enjoyed the Fillmore earlier this fall when we saw Jimmy Buffett there.  There is no seating as The Fillmore is an old historic dance hall.  We saw UB40, with Keb’ Mo’, at the Ironstone Vineyards amphitheater last summer and they put on a really great show.  The surprise of the show was, Keb’ Mo’, though as I’d never heard his delta blues music before.  Great stuff!

Later in August, Stephen and I will be heading up to Raley Field in Sacramento to see Dave Matthews, on the 25th.  We plan on starting the evening off with a stop at Rubicon Brewing Company for dinner and ales.

Finally, Brad and John will join me at Shoreline Amphitheater for this year’s Jimmy Buffett concert on October 21.  Neither of these guys have seen Buffett live before, so they are in for a real treat!

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