Sunday, November 18, 2012

Still my hobby, I swear

12/2 - Bottled
11/28 - SG 1.015-6
11/25 - Zest and juice from 2 mikan boiled in half liter of wort, added to main brew.

Man, it was hot in Japan this summer. And when I was in the States with my beer toys, I never found time to brew. So finally, in November, it's cool enough that I can keep my apartment the right temp for fermenting, and I've got withdrawal bad enough to pay Japanese prices for ingredients. I feel so much better with this one chilling and waiting for the yeast pitch.

Batch #76

-1.5 kg Dry Malt Extract
-1 lb Aromatic (steeped)
-12.5 g Nugget, 11.4%AA (60min)
-12.5 g Nugget, 11.4%AA (20min)
-25 g Cascade (5min)
-25 g Cascade (1min)
-Fermentis Safale US-05 dry yeast, all 11.5g of it (Probably too much. Thanks, Jamil)
OG: 1.065
FG: 1.016
ABV: 6.4%
IBU:  80ish

Steeped grains in 12 L cool water with heat to 160F for ~45min. Dumped in extract, boiled for 60min. Clarifier at 10min. About 9 L after boil. Chilled, fermenting in 65-68F ambient.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I made a CDA

Update 4/27 - Tasty brew, hasty execution resulting in too much hop gunk in the bottles and hence some gushing. Really like the recipe, though!
Update 4/9 - SG 1.014, added dry hops.


Why would I make something so unappealing as a CDA/BlackIPA/IBA when I could make a delicious WHITE IPA? So much of the tastiness.

Limited to what I have on hand, this beer will not be a SMASH, but a SMATH. Or, maybe more accurately a SMEBATH. Single Malt Extract Blend And Two Hops.

Batch #75
Zythos White
-1.25 kg Dry Wheat Malt Extract
-1 oz Hallertau, 3.9%AA (60min)
-1 oz Zythos, 10.9%AA (10min)
-0.5 oz each hop (2min)
-0.5 oz each hop (dry)
-WLP400 Belgian Wit yeast, 1L starter
OG: ~1.060 (~1.057 incl starter)
FG: 1.014
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: somewhere between 50 and 80. YOU do the math.

Boiled 11L, added extract. Hopped as above. Boiled off more than I expected. 7L into fermentation. Pitched 1L active yeast starter.