Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What is the plan?

We probably need to at least rack the Ommegang sometime this weekend.  Visible signs of fermentation have ended on the Ale we brewed last weekend.  What is on tap for the Beer Brothers?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Update me!

Holy shit, we're behind.

Where are we?  We bottled the Scotch Ale (final gravity was approx 1.019), using maple syrup (1.5 cups, with .5 cups water added, brought to a boil for a few minutes).

We brewed the Red Seal clone, and that has been racked into the secondary (gravity was about 1.010).

The Ommegang Abbey clone is still in the primary, and should probably be racked soon.

The non-traditional Ale that Andrew found on Homebrewtalk is in the primary, and is fermenting like crazy mad.  It's original gravity was 1.045, I believe. 

We had a large group sample our wares last weekend.  The Hibernation is a big hit, but there were also few of them in existence...I think there is one bottle left in my house, but Andrew claims to have some held in a secret cave, somewhere.  The coffee/pumpkin porter was also a big hit, and surprisingly, the Winter Belgian has nothing but fans.  Easy Plateau is drinking as well as it ever has, and the Rye is a delicious, fruit bomb of a beer.  Don't ask about the Saison.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Dubbel Recipe

I can't seem to get enough of any belgian style. Here is a straight forward dubbel that I'm looking forward to brewing.

10 lbs Belgian Pilsner
2 lbs Belgian Caramunich
1 lb Belgian Special B
.25 lbs Weyermann Carafa I

0.75 oz Styrian Goldings (Pellets, 6.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
0.5 oz Hallertau Hersbruck (Pellets, 4.50 %AA) boiled 20 min.
0.5 oz Hallertau Hersbruck (Pellets, 4.50 %AA) boiled 5 min.

1 lb Dark Candi Syrup
1 vial White Labs WLP530 Abbey Ale
Mashed 60 mins at 154.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yeastie Boys

So, I've done the reading and research and the time for yeast washing is upon us. I'm picking up the supplies today and we will give this a try when we rack our red seal clone(wyeast american ale II). I really like the fruitiness of this guy so it will be nice to have more around to make starters with.

I will most certainly post updates and let you all know how it goes

Ed Worts Haus Pale Ale

This is one of the most brewed beers over @ the forums. Lots and lots o' good feed back. Figured we'd give this one a try due to the rave reviews and the economical price tag.

8 lbs. 2-Row Pale Malt
2 lbs. Vienna Malt
0.5 lb. Crystal 10L Malt

1.0 oz Cascade 6.6% at 60 min.
0.5 oz. Cascade 6.6% at 30 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade 6.6% at 15 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade 6.6% at 5 min.

Single Infusion mash for 60 minutes at 152 degrees
Sparge w/ 175 degree water
Pitch Yeast @ 75 degrees

The masses seem to love it:

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wort Chiller Churches

This might be an awesome name for Ron's new kid. Wort Chiller Churches. I like the sound of it!!

sooo. lets make one!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Candy Andy's Next Batch O' Ale

This is a North Coast Red Seal Pale Ale Clone!

Ingredients (5 gallon batch)
9.5 lbs. pale malt
1.5 lbs. wheat malt
6 oz. 80 L Crystal Malt (English)
6 oz. Cara Pils Malt

step mash grains @ 145 F, hold 10 min. raise temp. to 155 F and hold for 45 min. rest @ 158, then sparge @ 170 F.
Hops and schedule: Cluster (7.7% AA pellets) and Cascade (6.5% whole leaf)

45 min: 1oz. Cluster & 1/4oz. Cascade
20 min: 1/4oz. Cascade
10 min: 1/4oz. Cascade
5 min: 1/4oz. Cascade
2 min: 1/4oz. Cascade
end of boil: 1/2oz. Cascade

O.G. 1054. American Ale II Yeast pitched @ 68F, 1 week in primary. 2 weeks in secondary w/ 1/2oz. Cascade dry hopped.
F.G. 1014

Sunday, December 13, 2009

If anyone is interested..

My all time top 3 beer..last years (2008) Great Divide Hibernation Ale is available at Greens for 12.49. They have 4 six packs.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recipe #8 - Ron's Scotch Ale

My 'baby' is going to be a Scotch Ale style.  Picked up the general idea from a recipe on homebrewtalk's forum...I need to outline it here, since I changed it a bit:

  • 9.00 lbs 2-row Pale
  • 1.00 lb Crystal 80
  • 2.00 oz Black Patent
  • 8.00 oz Munich Standard Malt
  • 2.50 oz  Chocolate Malt
  • 5.00 oz Aromatic Malt
  • 1.5 oz Fuggle Hop Pellets
  • Wyeast 1728 - Scottish Ale
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar in 2 cups water, boiled for 10 minutes 
The recipe does not specify a boil time, other than to go for a 'long time'.  You want a lot of melanoidin, which is something that the Munich Standard emits as it caramelizes.  I'm thinking a 90 minute boil, so we'll need to maximize our water in the boil.  I switched from EK Golding to Fuggle hops.  Probably will want to do 2 packets of yeast.

Emailed the order to Thomas Creek today, and hope to pick it up tomorrow afternoon, before they close.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kinda Last Minute

Mary and I are having a few people over tomorrow night for drinks and Gumbo, but also to watch the best Christmas movie ever, Christmas Vacation. You are all welcome to come over around 6:30 - 7:00. My cell# is 414-6780.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

This Week In Beer... Pt. 2

Another installment of what sorts of liquid goodness have been seen around town lately:

At Total Wine
* Affligem Noel
* Delirium Noel
* Avery DuganA IPA
* Avery The Czar Imperial Stout
* Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager
* Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale
* Magic Hat Howl Black Lager
* Bell's Winter White Ale
* Bell's Java Stout
* Bell's Cherry Stout
* Victory Old Horizontal Ale
At Whole Foods:
* Bell's Two Hearted Ale 5L Mini Kegs
* Avery 16th Anniversary Ale

The Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head collaboration "Life & Limb" sold out quickly at TW, but rumor is the Drop In store behind Horizon Records is getting a case in today...

So...had any of these yet? What did you think?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

When are we bottling?

I think the Rye needs to go in the bottle.  Likewise for the Saison.  Prob can't even happen until early next week, but we need to be thinking about this!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Edgar Allen Poe

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away.
What care I how time advances;
I am drinking ale today.

Homebrewtalk Help on the Saison

I posted for some advice/help on our Saison at Homebrewtalk...follow that conversation here:

Recipe #7 - Ommegang Clone

This was brewed on November 28th, and was our 7th batch. The recipe:

5 lb. 9.6 oz. Pilsner malt
2.25 lb. aromatic malt
1 lb. 6.4 oz. crystal 20
2.25 lb. Briess Special Roast malt (50 Lovibond)
2 lbs dark candi sugar
6.25 AAU Styrian Goldings (60 min) (1.25 oz. of 5% alpha acids)
.33 oz. Styrian Goldings (0 min)
2 pkgs Wyeast 1214 (Trappist Yeast)

This was our first 'step mash'. We started with 5.5 gallons in the pot, and brought it to just over 113. Added the grains, took off the heat, and covered for 15 minutes. We brought it back to the heat, raised the temp to just over 144, then covered for 15 more minutes. We followed that same process for these temperatures/times:

113 degrees: 15 minutes
144 degrees: 15 minutes
154 degrees: 15 minutes
162 degrees: 10 minutes
169 degrees: 5 minutes

We then sparged about 1.5 gallons of water at 170 degrees into the wort. Estimated volume at this point was about 5 gallons.

We brought the wort to a roiling boil, then started a 90 minute boil. The Styrian Goldings went in at 60 minutes, and again at 0 minutes. We had a significant boil off, of approx 1 gallon.

From here, the wort was chilled. We let it come down naturally, for a bit, before transferring to an ice bath to bring down quicker. Approx half a gallon of water was added to the carboy, along with the wort. OSG was high: 1.093. The estimated OSG for this recipe was 1.074. I believe this was due to a more concentrated wort. We probably have about 4 gallons in the carboy.

Pitched the yeast, 2 pkgs, at around 75 degrees. Aerated the wort, and capped with the airlock. Fermentation was going around 12 hours later, when I checked. I think this one will be good, but will be very hot...if we can get down to the estimated final gravity of 1.013, we will be in the 9% range of ABVs.

Recipe #6 - Rye Ale

I believe we brewed the Rye Ale, our 6th recipe, on the 21st of November (we need to bottle this guy, fellas). I'm a little fuzzy on the details, since we didn't get it on the blog in a timely manner. I'll try to duplicate to the best of my knowledge...The recipe was modified for a 3 gallon batch:

6.14lb Pale Malt
1.36lb Rye Malt
.34lb Cara Pils
.34lb Crystal Malt 40L
.75oz Sterling @ 60 min
.5oz Sterling @ 15 min
.25oz Willamette @ 0 min
American Ale II yeast

This brew session went very well. We mashed at approx 158 degrees, with about 2 gallons, as I recall. Sparged around 172 degrees, with another 2 gallons of water.

The boil was a 60 minute. For some reason, I think we were short of the actual hops, by a little bit. We had a 1 oz package, but needed 1.25 oz of Sterling.

After the boil, we cooled things down in an ice bath, and pitched at around 75 degrees. I believe our OSG was approx 1.055.

Fermentation was quick, and was heavy. Our small carboy could not handle the trub, and we had some spew through the airlock. After things calmed down, I pulled the airlock and cleaned it.

Overall, I think this was a very successful brewing, even if the details are a little lost. The beer has good flavor, in it's fermenting state, though might be a little lighter in body that we wanted. This should be bottled soon.