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Migrant Worker Pale Ale

I hadn't been able to brew for a while last year, due to my wife's pregnancy and having a new baby around the house. I realized I needed help if I was ever going to brew again. Remembering all the time I spent in Arizona and how they use brown people for cheap help. I figured a cheap brown laborer would solve my problem. I spent a few hours hanging out at Home Depot looking for day-laborers only to come to the realization that there just aren't brown people around Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Knowing there are no brown people in Prior Lake, I headed to Edina, MN (EDINA - Every Day I Need Attention), home to most pretentious people in Minnesota. Those people in Edina have got to have some brown people taking care of their lawns, right? I finally found a day laborer/migrant worker, although he was not brown. It was a guy named KalenBorg who usually works at Target's World HQ in downtown Minneapolis, but he was looking for a new challenge. I offered him an internship as a migrant worker for the afternoon picking hops (As an intern, I wouldn't have to pay him). This year I also picked up a red-headed Canuckistani (Canadian).

I preferred to call my Migrant Worker Sanchez - after the nefarious migrant worker Dirty Sanchez. I made sure my guard dog (Doberman Pincher) watched over him carefully, so he didn't steal stuff. I also had a foreman this year, he was a bit short in stature, but he was mean as hell driving those boys to pick only the very best hops, and pick them fast (the foreman has the blue and yellow vehicle. 

While the dog was busy chasing rabbits Sanchez stopped working and decided it was time to take a siesta under my tree. Sanchez would have stayed there all day had I not rousted him back to work. I quickly woke him up and got him back to work picking hops. Next year (if I hire him back) I want him to grow a large mustache for the harvest.

The Brewers

Brewing Date:  2009
Head Brewer:   Kevin & Séamus Cotter
Asst Brewer:    KalenBorg & The Canuckistani
Recipe:            Migrant Worker Pale Ale - II
Having your own migrant worker is nice. Having your homebrew with freshly harvested hops is better. The concept was to just throw a fist-full of hop into the rolling boil every so oftern. There was no real measuring of the hops, since I had no accurate numbers on how bitter they were anyways. We just kept throwing hops in at intervals throughout the brew. I had Sanchez throw his pot of hops in the boiling wort about 5 or 6 times. There had to have been a couple quarts of hops thrown in during the boil.
While the drying process preserves the hops, it also causes the cones to lose some of the essential oils that give hops, and ultimately beer, that special fragrance and taste. These hops are harvested as “wet” un-dried hops. the same hour they are picked they are hand delivered across the lawn to the brewery in Credit River our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.
The recipe was simple. For grains there was 14 pounds of 2-row with a pound of Crystal 60°. There were many many fistfuls of freshly harvested Cascade hops - straight from the bine to the pot. I oxygenated the wort before pitching a fully expanded 1056 Wyeast smack pack after chilling. Harvesting/brewing music was provided by KTLK, who only play rock and roll on ther weekends, but play a pretty cool mix. I did break down and play some Cheap Trick during the boil.
Initial gravity reading was 1.063. Once the brewing session was complete I called INS and they hauled Sanchez and the Canuckistani away!
I kegged the beer and tapped it for Halloween 2008 last year where neighbors killed half the keg by the end of the night. Sanchez didn't get ANY of last years beer, and he didn't deserve any for that unauthorized siesta under my tree. This year I ended with almost 6 gallons, so I might give them each a very small bottle.