Archive for February, 2016

Tasted: Rye IPA

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

home brewed rye ipa

Rye IPA didn’t last long. The 28 bottles lasted only five weeks from bottling day. Typically it takes two weeks for a beer to fully carbonate once it has been bottled. Rye IPA was juiced in about a week.

Once I had my first bottle I noticed myself turning to this beer on a daily basis to satiate my craft beer needs.

Look: Pours mostly clear but enough particulate remains to create a golden hue. Huge amounts of white, billowing foam fill the glass. Retention is solid while the foam thickens as it recedes. Lacing begins as the foam falls back, leaving sticky wisps.

Aroma: Good amount of rye spice and hops. Hop profile is floral, citrus and mango. Pleasant.

Taste: Caramel and sweet up front, both mild. Citrus and floral hops mingle through out, joined by mango in the finish. Rye is bright, helping the beer finish crisp.

Drinkability: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Overall: The strong showing of beers that I been brewing lately continues. The spiced bitterness added to the finish of the beer, mixing with the citrus from the hops made for a very pleasant experience.

This is top three beers that I have brewed. Period. I could easily argue it is the best. I will have to drum up another batch or three this year. Early spring is the next target. I want to drink this all summer. Enjoy!

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Reacquainting: Three Floyds Dreadnaught

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Three Floyds Brewing Dreadnaught.

Three Floyds Brewing Dreadnaught.

I reviewed Dreadnaught on the site over six ago. I had Dreadnaught as part of the 365 days of American craft beer back in 2011; almost five years ago.

It has easily been 4 years since I have been able to lay my hands on a bottle. In spite of my proximity to the brewery (about an hour), I don’t find my way to the brewery all that often, I can’t find Three Floyds on the local beer shelves, and I can’t stand standing in line for an hour on a weekend just to purchase beer to go from the brewery.

My attitude towards chasing beer is apathetic at best.

Matt, a new addition to Thursday night beer club, has an in with the local beer store. He was kind enough to get a bottle on hold for me. Upon bringing it over, squaring up on the cash, I promptly opened and shared with Matt.

This was a treat to the senses. Better than I remember, possibly due to the long time since I was able to land an example.

This isn’t a review but a testament to how this beer has stood up to the test of time. I have found that some beers that I rated highly at one point, don’t have the staying power to my senses. As time, new ingredients and brewing techniques evolve, so have my senses, especially with hopped up beers. The new, bold hops have conquered my ability to enjoy lightly hopped pale ale and india pale ales. I crave more.

Wish I could lay my hands on this more often but not too much; I want to keep it being a beer that I fondly regard. Enjoy!

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Brewed: 8s – Eureka

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

grains bed for the 8s - eureka

A second beer in the 8s series of IPAs. Equinox was brewed a couple of weeks ago. Eureka is right on it’s heels.

Eureka is another new hop that needs investigation.

The 8s will be a series of beers that I will be home brewing as a single hop beer. The goal of the group of beers is to get more acquainted with a single hop, more specifically ones that I have never used, typically newer varietals. The second goal is to push the envelope of the base grains to be more in line with the latest grain bills that are being used in the best APAs and IPAs. Therefore the grain bill will not change from beer to beer, just the hops and possibly the yeast.

Eureka is described as

“Dank, Black Currant, dark fruit, strong herbal notes, Pine Tree, Mint, pungent, light grapefruit rind, citrus, Tangerine. Good oil content drives flavor. Simcoe on Steroids!”

I expecting some great things from this hop. If it lives up to the description, the last eight ounces will not last long. Enjoy!

The 8s – Euerka

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: 1.008
IBU:
Color: 6.5 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Primary Fermentation: 5 days @63*F, 9 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
10.00# 2-row
8.0oz Oats
4.0oz Caramel 40L
4.0oz Melanodin

Mash:
Saccharification @152.6*F

Hop Bill:
0.50 ounce Eureka @20 minutes
0.50 ounce Eureka @15 minutes
1.00 ounce Eureka @10 minutes
0.50 ounce Eureka @5 minutes
2.50 ounce Eureka @whirlpool 30 minutes
3.00 ounce Eureka @dry hop 4 days

Extras:
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes

Updates:

  • 2016-02-15: At 61*F. Fermenting slowly. Put on heat jacket at 68*F to finish out fermentation.
  • 2016-02-20: Took off heat jacket.
  • 2016-03-03: Dry hopped with 3.0 ounces of Eureka.
  • 2016-03-08: Bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 27, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: 8Eu.

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Brewed: 8s – Equinox

Friday, February 5th, 2016

equinox hops

The past six months or so has been all about creating a better IPA/APA from my home brewing efforts. Little Mon’ Down Under, Rye IPA and Sip of Sunshine have been my attempts at upping my hopped up beer game.

Modernizing the grain bill, trying different yeasts, and trying new hop varieties are a few of the keys to bringing it strong. I have yet to play around with water profile (although I have plenty of interest), oxygenating wort (I still shake the carboy), and monitoring the pH are some techniques I have yet to employ but hope to hit sometime during 2016.

I am always looking for new knock hops. Something eventually has to be the next Citra. Equinox is a new hop to me. It is relatively new hop that has enjoyed some spotlight by craft brewers in single hop IPAs (and APAs). The hop is described as

“A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.”

I had one hesitation purchasing a pound of this hop: green pepper. I hope that, if I find green pepper, that it is subtle. Unless ranch dressing accompanies green peppers or they are stuffed with meat, I am not a fan. Based on the description, there should be plenty of tropical goodness to outweigh this one bug. Optimistic. Enjoy!

The 8s – Equinox

General Information:
Brew Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Vermont Ale
Yeast Starter: 2 liter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.055
IBU:
Color: 6.5 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Primary Fermentation: 5 days @63*F, 9 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
10.00# 2-row
8.0oz Oats
4.0oz Caramel 40L
4.0oz Melanodin

Mash:
Saccharification @152.1*F

Hop Bill:
0.50 ounce Equinox @20 minutes
0.50 ounce Equinox @15 minutes
1.00 ounce Equinox @10 minutes
0.50 ounce Equinox @5 minutes
2.50 ounce Equinox @whirlpool 30 minutes
3.00 ounce Equinox @dry hop 4 days

Extras:
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes

Updates:

  • 2016-02-07: At 63*F. Wrapped in blanket to keep heat from fermentation in. Fermenting well.
  • 2016-02-08: At 67*F. Put on heat jacket at 68*F to finish out fermentation.
  • 2016-02-13: Took off heat jacket.
  • 2016-02-21: Dry hopped with 3.0 ounces of Equinox.
  • 2016-02-26: Bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 28, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: 8Eq.

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