Archive for April, 2017

Tasted: MaMoo

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

MaMoo India pale ale was brewed with Vic Secret to not only try out the hop but because it is supposedly a replacement for Galaxy, which is hard to get and ridiculously expensive when it is available. I don’t want to lead you down the wrong path as Vic Secret is not cheap either. Damn southern hemisphere hops are ridiculously good but at a cost.

I have noticed that I am buying at least a pound of hops per month. At first I thought it was crazy to pick up that much hops but looking at recipes like MaMoo, I am tearing through a pound of hops, give or take, per brew day. Eventually I will have to buy multiple pounds as I will run out.

Look:Gold. Hazy, dirty cloudy. Beautiful inch of white foam covers. Above average retention while lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Hops jump from the bottle on opening, prior to the pour. Once poured, papaya, lime, orange, berry, traces of pine, and earthy. Minimal malt backbone.

Taste: Light malts up front: sweetness. Earthiness is probably the backbone of the hops, while tastes of orange, lime and pine mingle to create a pleasant flavor.

Body: Light-end of medium body. Light/Medium carbonation. Late bitterness but not sharp. Dries.

Overall: Another good beer, just not great. I need a bit more maltiness to my hoppy beers. Might have to up it a notch in the next few batches. Too bland.

Beer is really easy to drink. I was just expecting more from Vic Secret. After rereading the specs for Vic Secret seems like I would have been better off with earlier hop additions. Still the aroma, especially a couple weeks ago, was phenomenal. Beginning to think that north eastern ipas need a bit more malt to make them sexier. Enjoy!

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Brewed: She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

I have a get together with friends most Thursday nights (I have mentioned this before – I even brewed TNBC One for the group). We call it the Thursday Night Beer Club (TNBC). During TNBC, especially when there is a full group and after a few beers, our conversations may cover a wide range of topics. What do you expect from a bunch of buzzed guys winding down the week. Somehow, someway the conversation went to the dark side. Rich was on a roll with part of a sentence ending in “she doesn’t sweat much for a fat girl.”

Of course we all laughed. I immediately stated that I had to make a beer with that name: She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl. I even created a place holder in beersmith so I wouldn’t lose the name.

Coming up with a home brew recipe for a beer with that name seemed easy: make a big, juicy north east IPA. The recipe below was inspired by the vision of a bunch of morons.

Home Brewing For She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl

There was a major mistake while brewing this beer: missing my gravity by 20 points. I figure this will come out in bitterness. When I start tasting, I will find out for sure.

While writing this blog entry, thinking through my process and rereading my notes, I realized there was another issue: raising fermentation temperatures from ~61*F t ~66*F in less than 12 hours. I think that puts a lot of stress on the yeast. I use a heat blanket made for heating plant roots. The lowest temperature is 68*F on the blanket. It might be time to look into and invest in heating options that starts in the high 50s/low 60s. allowing me to bump up it up a degree at a time. Enjoy!

Recipe for For She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.070
Finishing Gravity: 1.008
IBU: 87.0
Color: 5.2 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 8.14%
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
7.00 pounds Pilsner
7.00 pounds Maris Otter
1.00 pounds Oats
1.00 pounds Red Wheat

Mash:
Saccharification @150.4*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @20 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @15 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @5 minutes
3.00 ounces 2016 Rakau @whirlpool for 25 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @whirlpool for 25 minutes
4.00 ounces 2016 Wakatu @4 day dry hop
1.00 ounces 2016 Rakau @4 day dry hop
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @4 day dry hop

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 pounds table sugar @15 minutes
3.0 quarts of rice hulls
~6.0 gallons of reverse osmosis water used

Updates:

  • 2017-04-16 (morning): @62.3*F, added S-04 yeast.
  • 2017-04-16 (evening): @62.3*F, fermentation slowly starting.
  • 2017-04-17 (morning): @61.1*F, slow fermentation, added heat blanket @68*F.
  • 2017-04-17 (evening): @66.6*F, great fermentation.
  • 2017-04-18: @66.0*F, great fermentation continues.
  • 2017-04-19: slowing fermentation, added dry hops.
  • 2017-04-22: added to freezer set @37.0*F.
  • 2017-04-23: Bottled with 3.50 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 25, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: FAT.
  • 2017-05-11: Tasted.

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Tasted: For the Little Woman

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Home brewed For the Little Woman enjoyed on the patio.

Tasting day for For the Little Woman. Home brewed almost two months ago, this beer is ready for an official write-up.

Each time I taste a home brew it gives me a chance to reminisce about the process of the brew day, handling, and packaging. For the Little Woman comes across as a easy home brew all the way around:

  • The brew day was rather simple as there was a smallish grain bill and minimal hop additions. There were no special steps. All-in-all nothing to worry about.
  • Handling of the beer was simple as well. Chill, add yeast, temperature control, and let he yeast feast. No extra additions of any kind.
  • Bottling was straight forward as also. No hop trub to cloud the beer or back up bottling gear. Just add to a sanitized bucket on top of the priming sugar liquid.

After I put my brain through the paces, I turn to the cost of brewing this beer to purchasing a similar craft beer. In this case, since it is inspired by Spotted Cow, it is an easy comparison. Spotted Cos is ~$9.00 a six pack, $36.00 a case, which amounts to $72.00+ for the amount of beer I brewed for this batch at retail cost. This beer cost me just under $20 in material cost to brew. Yes, my time is worth money, but it is a hobby. Therefore, if this thing tastes good, it is always the easier winner.

Let’s get started before I rant some more…

Look:Light gold, leaning towards straw. Hazy. Minimal white foam that is quick to leave doubt it ever existed. No lacing as expected from the initaial foam.

Aroma: Straight corn sweetness. Brings back distant memories of creamed corn that was highlighted the dinner table so often as a child. Light grains.

Taste: Follows the nose. Predominately corn sweetness. No sign of hops.

Body: Light body. Light/Medium carbonation. Surprisingly dry. Crisp.

Overall: A nice, light beer. Simple, one noted. Easy to drink. Somewhat lager like. See why so many people find this a cross over beer.

This beer did remind me of Spotted Cow but is definitely not a clone. Very similar with the inspiration coming through. I think there is a need for a few (3 – 5) IBUs to be added for more balance in the finish. Enjoy!

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