Thirsty Thursday – My Sam Adam’s Clone

In our household, there’s a lot of beer consumption. I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why I can’t lose weight is because of the vast quantities of beer available. (This is also my motivation to keep exercising so that I can drink all I want!)

I alternate brews between one that I’ll like and one that my husband will like. It’s more like I brew something for the husband which undoubtedly I will like anyway. Then I brew something for me, which is inevitably too dark and hoppy for my husband’s tastes. (More for me!)

When we’re out, I try to pay attention to what my husband drinks. It’s mostly wheat beers (which are great!). Earlier this year he discovered that he quite liked the Sam Adam’s Summer Ale. I like it too.

Rather than running to the store to buy some for the husband, I ran to my computer to find a recipe so I can brew my own. And on Saturday last, I finally started it.


I had a bit of an adventure then. For the first time ever, I had a boil-over. Yummy, sticky, sweet, mess.

What's cooking in Penny's kettle? Why it's wort!
What’s cooking in Penny’s kettle? Why it’s wort!

I did get my wort all boiled and transferred into the carboy, ready for fermentation.

Hard to believe that this will become delicious beer.
Hard to believe that this will become delicious beer.

A nice froth developed pretty quickly.

This didn't take long.
This didn’t take long.

By the next day, my little yeasts were going crazy and we had lots of bubble action.

Bubble Bath?
Bubble Bath?

And we had a thick cap of yeast-induced bubbliness on top of the baby brew, too.

Looks a little... unpleasant.
Looks a little… unpleasant.

Now for the wait. In a little more than a week, I can rack the brew, then two weeks later, I can bottle.

In the meantime, I need to find a good recipe for a cinnamon-free pumpkin ale. Stay tuned!

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