Sunday, July 9, 2017

Plum Sour the First

7/13/17 -- SG at 1.007. Tart, a little spice, a little fruity hop aroma. Racked just under 3 gallons into a small carboy with 1 oz HBC-438 (Ron Mexico). Added 4.5lbs frozen plums and a small handful of oak cubes (Med+ American) to the remainder. Likely adds 0.006 to SG - watching for refermentation.
7/9/17 -- SG at 1.010.

Someone brought plums to work from their tree. I asked for more, he delivered - like, easily 20 pounds, maybe not the 30 he claimed. Even so, that's a lot. Building a bigger kettle soured beer (remember this one)

Batch #99
Plum tart
5 lbs Belgian Pale Ale
5 lbs White Wheat Malt
0.5 lb Chateau Monastique ("Abbey") Malt
0.5 lb CaraRed
1 oz  Mosaic (11.2%aa), 15 minutes
WLP566 - Belgian Saison II, 1 L starter
Soft water. Built from RO with a little chalk, epsom, and table salt.

Save a fistful of crushed grain. Mash in at 125F in about 2 gallons water, rest 15 min. Add ~1.5 gallons water near boiling to bring to 155F. Rest one hour.

Lazy, so batch sparged to collect 7 gallons.

One liter stolen to boil for a starter.

Throw the saved grain in with the wort and keep warm (100-115F) overnight.

Boiled (sorta...lost temp for a bit) for 45minutes, cooled and pitched yeast starter. Allowed warm fermentation to bring out all the fun of the yeast

OG: 1.048
ABV: ~
IBU: 10-15

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Elder Pig

Bottled 5/28 - very tasty. That Vinnie guy might be on to something...

My last few batches of IPA have tasted muddy to me; too much going on in the specialty malts, like drinking hoppy beers in the Midwest. To re-calibrate my recipe sense, I went back to the Vinnie-approved Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder recipes (AHA versions) and read through them again. Brewing a Pliny clone was tempting, but that much DIPA is not needed around here these days. Ultimately, decided on (very nearly) the malt bill of Blind Pig with the hop profile of Pliny the Younger, albeit dialed back a bit.

Batch #98
Best Coast IPA
5 gallons
10 lbs California 2-row malt
6 oz Carapils
6 oz Crystal 40L
3/4 oz Columbus 14.9%aa (90 min)
1/2 oz Columbus 14.9%aa (45 min)
3/4 oz Simcoe 13%aa (30 min)
1-1/4 oz Simcoe (0 min)
1 oz Centennial (0 min)
1 oz each Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe (dry, 10 days)

Water: RO with 8g CaSO4, 3g CaCl2, 2.5g MgSO4, 1g NaCl
Yeast: 1.5L starter of WLP001 California Ale Yeast

OG: 1.059
FG: 1.007
ABV: 6.8%
IBU: ~90-100

Single infusion mash at 150-152F for 1 hour. Fly sparge to collect 8 gallons wort. Kettle size meant starting the boil with 7 gallons, adding another 1/2 gal at the 60min mark for 7.5 in kettle, 5.5 in carboy. Boil 1.5 hours, chill. I let it settle a bit before racking to the carboy and pitching yeast.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Another hoppy red rye

2/25 - and bottled. Small batch, but looking forward to it. Big citrus and candied strawberry aroma after 6 days dry hopping. Still not as red as I want...

This one was good, but not quite the right color, so I brought out an old recipe with a deep red malt bill. Mixed some good base malt (MO) with mediocre (CA 2-row), subbed in some rye, and turned up the hops.

Batch #97
Red Rye IPA
5 gallons (nominally, transfer losses and hop absorption = small batch)
6 lbs Crisp Maris Otter
4 lbs California 2-row malt
1 lb Munich
1 lb Rye Malt
1 lb Flaked Rye
1 lb Crystal 40L
0.5 lb Crystal 120L
0.5 lb Victory
0.25 lb Pale Chocolate Malt

1 oz Citra 12.7%aa (60 min)
1 oz Citra 12.7%aa (10 min)
1 oz Cascade 6.9%aa (5 min)
0.7 oz Citra 12.7%aa (1 min)
1 oz Mosaic 11.2%aa (1 min)
1 oz Mosaic (dry)
1 oz Cascade (dry)
2 oz Citra (dry)

Water: RO with (about) 8g gypsum, 3g epsom, 12g chalk, 7g salt, 2g calcium chloride.
Yeast: ~1L starter WLP041 Pacific Ale Yeast

OG: 1.075 (might have read high)
FG:  1.020 **
ABV: 7.2-7.5%, depending on how much you believe the OG.
IBU: ~70

Single infusion mash at 154F for 1 hour. Fly sparge to collect 7 gallons wort. Boil 1 hour, chill. 

**which makes me really nervous, but running the numbers it seems okay. Next time I'll run a test batch in parallel for target FG. The original goal was 1.066 -> 1.016, so I'm only a slightly under-attenuated if at all based on the high OG. Right? No grenades.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Dark days.

12/3 - Bottled at 1.016. The extra time helped. Tuned the cacao/vanilla/oak and chile infusions to taste in a sample of the base beer and dosed the bottles. Had some extra chile booze, so bottled a few chile-only beers, too. I'm pleased.
11/19 - SG at 1.018. Will let it go a bit longer. Too much aromatic malt (or possibly too old?). Otherwise pretty good. Started the flavorings for the split batch. Cacao nibs, oak cubes, vanilla bean, and (separately) dried NM chile (off-brand Hatch), all soaking in rum.
Coffee, chocolate, caramel, with just a hint of char and ash. EKG hops for good earth. This will probably be split after primary for a side-by-side base beer and trendy beer version (cacao, oak, booze,... peppers?)

Batch #96
Extra Stout
5 gallons
12 lbs California 2-row malt
1 lb Flaked Oats
1 lb Belgian Aromatic malt
0.5 lb Crystal 120L
0.5 lb Roasted Barley
0.5 lb Coffee Malt
0.25 lb Black Patent
0.25 lb Pale Chocolate Malt
2 oz Kent Goldings 5.2%aa (60 min)
2 oz Kent Goldings 5.2%aa (15 min)
2 oz Kent Goldings 5.2%aa (5 min)

Water: RO with (about) 3g each CaCO3, CaCl2, and 1g each MgSO4, NaCl, NaHCO. Planned 3g CaSO4, but ran out ... just under 1 g added.
Yeast: 1.5L starter of WLP028 Edinburgh Ale Yeast

OG: 1.070 (a little low... batch sparge and weak boil)
FG: 1.016
ABV: 7.1% (closer to 7.8% for the highest dosed beers)
IBU: ~55-60

Single infusion mash at 152F for 1 hour. Batch sparge to collect 7 gallons wort. Boil 1 hour, chill. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Yes, we do have Citra

Brewing on a weeknight. It's 9:50pm, the boil hasn't started, and I am tired... batch sparged in a hurry, weak boil. Targeted an OG of 1.070, came up a bit shy.

Batch #95
Hoppy red
5 gallons
13 lbs California 2-row malt
0.5 lb Carared
0.25 lb Special B
0.25 lb Chocolate
1 oz Citra 12.7%aa (60 min)
1 oz Citra 12.7%aa (10 min)
1 oz Simcoe 11.6%aa (5 min)
1 oz Citra (1 min)
1 oz Citra (dry)
1 oz Simcoe (dry)

Water: RO with (about) 3g each CaCO3, CaSO4, CaCl2, and 1g each MgSO4, NaCl, NaHCO3
Yeast: 1L starter of WLP001 California Ale Yeast

OG: 1.060
IBU: ~65

Single infusion mash at 149F for 1 hour. Batch sparge to collect 7 gallons wort. Boil 1 hour, chill. I let it settle overnight before racking to the carboy and pitching yeast.

Monday, February 8, 2016


--Update 3/1: Harm done? SG at bottling read 1.016...way higher than I remember last time.
--Update 2/21: 1oz Cascade and 1oz Citra added.


That Brett IPA far exceeded my expectations.

The only difference this time is that I accidentally left out 20%+ of the grain until my lovely assistant commented that the mash seemed a bit thin. OG was spot-on, so no harm done?

Yeast was started with some saved from the previous batch.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Anything but

-- Soaked ~1oz med+ American oak cubes in a chardonnay (after first rinsing the charcoal and particulate off with the same), for about 1 week. Added to the beer on 2/21. Very thin pellicle is present. Beautiful flavors :)

This isn't really a Temptation clone. But it started out as the idea of a Temptation clone.

Batch #93
Wine Barrel Aged Sour Blonde

5 lbs Belgian Pilsner malt
5 lbs American White Wheat malt
1 lb German Acidulated malt
1 oz El Dorado, 15.8%aa, 15 min

Water: 6 gallons RO with 1/3 tsp each gypsom, epsom, and calcium carbonate, 3/4 tsp calcium chloride, and a pinch of table salt. Added 2 gallons spring water. Overall, soft "light colored and malty" profile.
Yeast: Belgian Sour Mix I, WLP655 , 1 L starter

OG: 1.052
IBU: ~25

Mash-in to 155F in 17 qts water for 1 hour. Batch sparge to extract 7 gallons wort. Kettle sour overnight (mine formed a pellicle already?!). Boil for 75 min. Chilled, yeast and bugs pitched, nice warm day got things rolling fast.