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Brewed: Baller IPA

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Over an 1.5 inches of trub after my first go around with dry hopping while active fermentation.

Over an 1.5 inches of trub after my first go around with dry hopping while active fermentation.

Home brewing beers that are named after family members has created an issue: now all my kids want a beer named after them. When the first kid (that I named a home brew after) brags to the other kids, a battle for Dad’s attention ensues. Since my oldest was the most exuberant, Baller IPA was named after her. As I mentioned before, when naming a beer I don’t typically give it the name of the real person but something that reminds me of that person. Thus, Baller IPA, is named due to my oldest child’s affinity for basketball. She plays hard, tough and with a determination that continues to soar in recent months.

Formulating Baller IPA Recipe

Baller IPA is another attempt at a Northeast style IPA (earlier attempts: Smiles and Used). The beer actually started out with intentions of being a double IPA, using some Northeast style hopping processes, while resuscitating an old, friendly on. Alas, it did not end up that way from the standpoint of gravity.

Cracking grain for me can be an adventure at times. The drill that drives my grinder doesn’t allow me to crack the grain as finely as I would like; the grinder binds as the drill doesn’t have the stones to push through the grain to the powdery mist I prefer. Instead, I back off a bit, cutting down on efficiency. The drill, mill and myself did not see eye-to-eye on brew day, more so than usual. The drill/mill bound up, multiple times, making me dump out the grain and clean out any traces before “working” again. Half-dozen times later, I was a bit miffed. I opened the mill spacing to allow for a more coarse grind, alleviating pressure on the drill. 45 minutes after starting the milling process, I was done and hating the mill, drill and anything within eyesight.

I knew my efficiency was shot but I did not change the process I was going to use in terms of the hops. I felt that the way I was going to use the hops, the drop in efficiency shouldn’t raise the bitterness to an obnoxious level.

The changes to the hopping process was threefold:

  • No whirlpool hops. Happy with the aroma this adds but, perception is, not enough flavor. Also, was to be a DIPA to start.
  • Add a first wort hop. It has been a long time but feel this process adds a nice flavor profile to the beer with a minimal impact on bitterness.
  • Add the dry hops towards the end of active fermentation. I have been wanting to use this technique for a while. After my mediocre success with Smiles and Used, I thought that trying this technique might up the perceived aroma (never enough).

The aroma jetting out of the carboy, while racking to the bottling, was impressive. I hope that my milling blunder allows this beer to shine through once I begin tasting. Enjoy!

Recipe for Baller IPA

General Information:
Brew Date: Thursday, October 06, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.070
IBU: 136.7
Color: 6.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.6% (due to poor milling)
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @66*F

Grain Bill:
7.00# Maris Otter
7.00# Pilsner
2.00# Munich
8.00 ounces CaraPils
1.00# Table sugar

Mash:
Saccharification @150.8*F

Hop Bill:
3.00 ounce 2014 Simcoe first wort
1.50 ounce 2014 Citra @20 minutes
1.50 ounce 2014 Simcoe @15 minutes
1.50 ounce 2014 Citra @10 minutes
1.50 ounce 2014 Simcoe @5 minutes
4.00 ounce 2014 Citra dry hops 4 days in primary
2.00 ounce 2014 Simcoe dry hops 4 days in primary

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
30 seconds of pure oxygen after racking to carboy
4 quarts of rice hulls

Updates

  • 2016-10-09: Hard fermentation @67.8*F.
  • 2016-10-10: Slowing fermentation @66.3*F. Added dry hops to primary: 4.00 ounce 2014 Citra, 2.00 ounce 2014 Simcoe.
  • 2016-10-15: Cold condition @39.0*F.
  • 2016-10-16: Bottled with 3.6 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 28, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: LN.

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Brewed: LaLa Barleywine

Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Preparing to add 60 seconds of oxygen to LaLa wort, post boil.

Preparing to add 60 seconds of oxygen to LaLa wort, post boil.

Requests for a new home brew don’t happen often. Heck, even my wife only requests for the same two beers over and over: Honey Pot Pale Ale and Grass Cutter. Maybe that should tell me something about how my home brews are perceived and/or my home brewing abilities.

Nonetheless, a request did come in the shape of my cousin Ron while chatting at this summers’ family reunion. He heard me say “La”. He asked me to say it again, mentioning that it had been a long time since he had heard someone call his Mother “La”. Of course she is my aunt and my Dad’s twin sister. Her real name is Catheline. “La” came about when my Dad was little and did not have the ability to say Catheline. Instead, he could say “La La”. Somehow it stuck. Ever since I am able to remember, we referred to Ron’s mom as Aunt La.

I not going to bore with more family details but let’s just say Aunt La, a damn hip and cool lady, has had a large helping of misfortune in her life. Ronny asked if I could make a beer for the 2nd annual New Year’s day get together, at my house, to honor his Mom. Of course I couldn’t say no, nor did I want to.

Now I had to determine the beer style and recipe that is fitting of Aunt La. A strong beer with the potential for multiple ways (bourbon soaked oak chips, large dry hop and possibly some with a combination of both) of changing the final product seemed to be the best route to go.

In order to brew up a large beer I had to get one more piece of brewing equipment that I have wanted for a long time and has held me back from brewing high gravity beers: pure oxygen. It has been at least a couple of years since I brewed a high gravity beer for the simple reason of my hyper-sensitivity to alcohol flavors in beer. The process of shaking the carboy only has lead me to believe that mine have that off-flavor. I was waiting for a time that I could get the necessary equipment and the wife wouldn’t bat an eye. Paying homage to my Aunt was an easy win.

Researching award winning barleywines and professional clone recipes, I ended up with what is below. The hope is there that everyone will taste and enjoy this beer that is truly created to represent Aunt La in liquid form. Enjoy!

LaLa Barleywine

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, September 04, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05 (2), not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.088
IBU: 31.5
Color: 6.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 180
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.2%
Primary Fermentation: 30 days @68*F, condition at ambient basement temperature for two months

Grain Bill:
10.50# 2 Row
9.50# Pilsner
0.50# Caramel 60L
0.50# Caramel 80L
0.50# Dextrapils

Mash:
Saccharification @150.8*F

Hop Bill:
3.00 ounce 2014 Magnum @90 minutes
1.00 ounce 2015 Cascade @5 minutes

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 minute of pure oxygen after racking to carboy

Update(s):

  • 2016-09-04: @1600 the temperature was @83.8*F, placed on concrete basement floor.
  • 2016-09-05: @0800 the temperature was @68*F, pitched yeast
  • 2016-09-05: @2100, fermentation showing good signs.
  • 2016-09-06: @71.3*F, strong fermentation.
  • 2016-09-06: @67.2*F, added heat @69*F.
  • 2016-09-14: Took of heat. Left at ambient basement temperature.

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Brewed: Honey Pot Pale Ale – Cascade Wet Hop

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
2016 Cascade hop harvest.

2016 Cascade hop harvest.

I have brewed with home grown hops in the past. I didn’t really care for the finished product, so much so that I didn’t even make an entry into the blog. I recall heaps of vegetal taste that had been extracted into the beer. Unpleasant at best.

That first, and only attempt, I used the hops as late kettle additions: 20, 10 and 1 minute. I wanted to extract cascade flavor and aroma. Unfortunately, I only remember the greenness. That one brew has scared me away from using my home grown hops since.

In the meantime, I have dug up two of the plants (Mt. Hood and Centennial) leaving me with Cascade and Willamette. The two plants I dug up were do to low yield due to poor yard placement. The remaining two have produced okay crops but I have always come up with a reason or three, to the wife and quietly to myself, on why I didn’t have time and/or couldn’t use the hops in a particular season.

This season I noticed that I was getting a good crop of both Cascade and Willamette. I had to do something with those hops. I needed to gain merit with my wife for not wanting to dig up the last two plants. She would replace them with flowers in a heart beat.

What to brew and how to use the hops were my biggest and only questions. Trying to coordinate an optimal time to pick and have time to brew was up there as well.

Countless of hours of thinking about brewing while on one of my two daily walks yielded:

  1. Brew a beer my wife likes: honey pot pale ale.
  2. Incorporate the hops as a whirlpool addition to the wife beer: whirlpool hops.
  3. Need time: Labor day weekend.

I had come up with the perfect plan. Now I only had to perform. Never an issue.

2016 Willamette hop harvest.

2016 Willamette hop harvest.

On brew day, I picked the Cascade and Willamette hops. The amount of Cascade filled a 6 gallon bucket half way. I have no idea how much it weighed but I know it was a shit-ton of hops. The Cascade was full of hop oils and huge on aroma: my hands were green but had the aroma of fresh cascade hops. Better than any crop previously. Knowing that wet hopping with that amount of hops would soak up huge amounts of wort, I decided to not use the Willamette. RIP Willamette. It was discarded. Next year I will plan Labor day weekend as a double brew weekend to use up all the home grown hops. The second beer I would brew: a saison, using the Willamette hops late in the boil and/or as a whirlpool hop.

If the beer tastes half as good as it smelled while brewing, this will be a winner, even with the wife. Enjoy!

Honey Pot Pale Ale

General Information:
Brew Date: Friday, September 02, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.050
IBU: 31.5
Color: 6.4 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.2%
Primary Fermentation: 14 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
6.50# 2 Row
0.50# Caramel 40L
0.50# Honey Malt
2.50# Virginia Orange Blossom Honey

Mash:
Saccharification @150.8*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce 2014 Magnum @60 minutes
1.00 ounce 2015 Cascade @10 minutes

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

Update(s):

  • 2016-09-03: @0700 the temperature was at 68*F, pitched yeast
  • 2016-09-04: @69*F, fermenting well.
  • 2016-09-06: Fermentation slowing, @67*F, add heat @ 68*F.
  • 2016-09-08: Took of heat. Left at ambient basement temperature.
  • 2016-09-17: Bottled with 3.5 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 24, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: HPW.

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Brewed: Smiles IPA

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

smiles ipa grain bed

Home brewing brings a smile to my face. It is a great way to relax, taking my mind off my job and other normal life issues. I get consumed by the process. I need to make sure that everything is set before starting, while trying to clean and put away throughout to unsure a neat and clean working space.

Therefore, that should be enough to want to make an India Pale Ale (IPA) named Smiles IPA. I have another and much more important reason. Kaila.

Kaila is my 12 year old daughter that is full of smiles, 24/7. When she greets you, when she tying her shoe or while playing sports, she always has the most friendly and inviting smiles to share with one and all. Her smile is addicting, always helping me through a tough day or even leaving the source of the bad day behind.

She deserved a beer named after her. Smiles IPA was born.

In using Galaxy, Simcoe and Cascade hops, my goal was to capture the essence of how Kaila makes everyone feel; each of these hops has always struck me as a inviting and enjoyable.

I hope I do Kaila justice with this beer. If I do, I will be brewing it again and will have some ready for the day that that 12 turns into a 21. Crap, don’t rush life. Enjoy!

Smiles

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.045
Final Gravity: ?
IBU: 43.2
Color: 4.2 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 4.7%
Primary Fermentation: start @66*F

Grain Bill:
9.00# Maris Otter
1.50# Oats

Mash:
Saccharification @152.6*F

Hop Bill:
0.75 ounce Magnum @60 minutes
1.00 ounce Galaxy @5 minutes
1.00 ounce Simcoe @5 minutes
1.00 ounce Cascade @5 minutes
1.00 ounce Galaxy @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
1.00 ounce Simcoe @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
1.00 ounce Cascade @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
2.00 ounce Galaxy @dry hop 4 days
2.00 ounce Simcoe @dry hop 4 days
2.00 ounce Cascade @dry hop 4 days

Extras:
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
4.0 quarts rice hulls

Updates:

  • 2016-08-28: @62*F, slow start to fermentation.
  • 2016-08-29: @69.1*F, good fermentation.
  • 2016-08-30: @67.8*F, put on heat at 69*F to finish fermentation.
  • 2016-09-03: Took off heat.
  • 2016-09-10: Dry hopped, 3.0 ounces 2014 Galaxy, 2.0 ounces 2014 Simcoe.
  • 2016-09-14: Bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 26, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: K.
  • 2016-10-16: Tasted.

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Brewed: Leaner Saison (c)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
mosiac hops

Mosiac hops awaiting additions into the boiling wort.

Lately, I have been brewing American Ales, more precisely, India Pale Ales IPA). I have strayed off the IPA beaten path but only to come back as the tractor beam of hop affection pulls undeniably.

At my last visit to the home brew store I was easily persuaded into Lallemand Belle Saison yeast. Prior to that, I had purchased a 10 pound sack of rye. I had used it in Rye IPA earlier this month. I still had a lot left. The combination of the rye on hand, two versions of a rye Saison never brewed, and the slippery tongue of the beer salesmen, I was destined to pick up the saison yeast. The beer store also doubles as a brewery. Salesperson said that they use that yeast in their sasisons. I like there saisons. I don’t have to create a starter if I manage the “size” of the alcohol content. The yeast may sit in the fridge for a week or few months, it is dry yeast. Once again, easy decision.

The only thing left to do: decide on the version of Leaner Saison to brew. Notice that I am using version “c”. I made a third recipe after looking at the first two. Those recipes were made a few years back when I was a bit more subtle in my approach of using rye in a home brewed saisons. It needed more rye: 3 pounds. It needed some new world hops: 3 ounces of Mosaic.

Rye and tropical fruit saison, hopefully, here I come.

Leaner Saison (c)

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, July 02, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Lallemand Belle Saison
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.002
IBU: 24.6
Color: 4.8 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.7%
Primary Fermentation: 2 days @69*F, 2 days @72*F, 3 days @ 74*F

Grain Bill:
10.00# 2-row
3.00# Rye
4.0oz Oats

Mash:
Saccharification @150.1*F

Hop Bill:
1.50 ounce Mosiac @20 minutes
1.50 ounce Mosiac @5 minutes

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

Updates:

  • 2016-07-04: @69*F, on heat to raise to 72*F.
  • 2016-07-04: @72*F, raised to 74*F.
  • 2016-07-04: @64*F, took off heat.
  • 2016-07-17: bottled with 3.2 ounces of priming sugar and 1.6 cups of water. 19, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: Rye.
  • 2016-07-17: 1 gallon placed on 23 ounces of services berries.
  • 2016-08-26: Tasted.

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Brewed: Watash

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Damaged cell phone that finally died.  Nicknamed the terminator since the face/skin was falling off.

Damaged cell phone that finally died. Nicknamed the terminator since the face/skin was falling off. And the reason I didn’t have brewing photos for this home brew day.

Nearly two months has passed since my last home brewing attempt. Finally my schedule opened up, providing me the window I needed to test my craft.

This beer is continuing my emphasis on American pale ales and India pale ales. A year or so I brewed an IPA with 20+ ounces of a combination of Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria. The beer was cloudy from the amount of hop trub. I still had three quarters of a pound of hops sitting that needed to be used.

How to use them?

Mandarina Bavaria is the star of the two hops, that’s why there is more left; I used more Huell Melon to balance the first time around. This means that I should get a big kick of tangerine from the Mandarina Bavaria, especially since it is used all late in the boil, whirlpool and dry hop. Chinook was chosen for the dank, pine that it will add. A bit of contrast. Hopefully it works out as planned.

The name: My father affectionately referred to my Mom as “Watash”. My Dad served in the army in the early 50s, around the time of the Korean War, but never officially during the war. My understanding is that Watash was what military used to call each other to mean best buddy during that time. Here’s to my Dad and Mom, best buds. Enjoy!

Watash

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.062
Final Gravity: ?
IBU: N/A
Color: 6.2 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.6%
Primary Fermentation: 2 days @63*F, 9 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
12.00# 2-row
1.00# Red Wheat
8.0oz Oats
8.0oz CaraPils
8.0oz Caramel 60L

Mash:
Saccharification @154.9*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Chinook 1st wort
1.85 ounce Huell Melon @10 minutes
1.90 ounce Mandarina Bavaria @5 minutes
1.00 ounce Chinook @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
1.00 ounce Huell Melon @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
1.00 ounce Mandarina Bavaria @whirlpool 20 minutes @160*
1.00 ounce Huell Melon @dry hop 6 days
2.00 ounce Mandarina Bavaria @dry hop 6 days
1.00 ounce Huell Melon @dry hop 3 days
2.00 ounce Mandarina Bavaria @dry hop 3 days

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

Updates:

  • 2016-05-16: @62*F, slowly fermenting. on heat as temperature dropped to 61*F.
  • 2016-05-17: @62*F, fermentation stronger but sluggish, adding heat @68*F.
  • 2016-05-23: @67*F, fermentation done, took off heat.
  • 2016-05-29: dry hopped: 2.00 ounces Mandarina Bavaria, 1.00 ounces Huell Melon.
  • 2016-06-02: dry hopped: 2.00 ounces Mandarina Bavaria, 1.00 ounces Huell Melon.
  • 2016-06-05: bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 24, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: WAT.

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Brewed: Three Tooth Joe

Friday, March 18th, 2016

three_tooth_joe_hops

Another home brew day, another India pale ale (or American pale ale, depending on interpretation of the recipe).

This recipe came from the need to use Mosiac hops in a home brew for the first time. It also comes on the heels of a new series of beers I have been brewing: the 8s – Equinox and Eureka. In preliminary tastings of the two aforementioned home brews, I haven’t been stunned by either of the hops. Nice hops, definitely no where near great or above average.

Time for a hop bill with some gusto; one with old favorites (Citra and Galaxy) and new comer, Mosiac, that I have tasted in many commercial craft beers.

I decided to switch my naming convention with beers, starting with Three Tooth Joe. Inspiration comes from craft breweries that name their beers after family members. Now the task was to match the profile of this beer with a family member.

The hop profile makes me happy, makes me think of good times. My grandfather, Joe, the only grandfather I ever knew, was always happy, smiling and ready for a game of cards. His perceived jolliness was aided by his coke bottle glasses ,that made his eyes the size of watermelon, the three teeth that still were grasping onto his gums for dear life, and his desire to play cards that led him to deal almost every hand without fail or question. I always looked forward to seeing my grandfather. I would bring over my baseball cards to hear the stories he would share about each player. Good times. In order to honor my grandfather, I pay homage with my first family member beer being named after Joseph Brenner, the smiling guy that only had three teeth to his grin.

I do have one hesitation: this beer will live up to the lofty status that it is named. Enjoy!

Three Tooth Joe

General Information:
Brew Date: Friday, March 19th, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Nottingham Ale
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.008
IBU: N/A
Color: 5.0 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Primary Fermentation: 2 days @63*F, 9 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
11.00# 2-row
1.00# Munich
8.0oz Oats
4.0oz Caramel 20L

Mash:
Saccharification @153.4*F

Hop Bill:
0.25 ounce Citra @20 minutes
0.25 ounce Mosiac @20 minutes
0.25 ounce Citra @15 minutes
0.25 ounce Galaxy @15 minutes
0.25 ounce Galaxy @10 minutes
0.25 ounce Mosiac @10 minutes
0.25 ounce Galaxy @5 minutes
0.25 ounce Mosiac @5 minutes
2.50 ounce Citra @whirlpool 30 minutes @180*
1.25 ounce Galaxy @whirlpool 30 minutes @180*
1.00 ounce Citra @dry hop 4 days
2.25 ounce Mosiac @dry hop 4 days

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

Updates:

  • 2016-03-20: put on heat as temperature dropped to 61*F
  • 2016-03-24: fermentation ran crazy, blew off bubbler. Concerns over contamination since it took two days to catch.
  • 2016-04-06: dry hopped: 2.25 ounces Mosiac, 1.00 ounces Citra. Gravity: 1.005. Tasting gravity reading beer showed a lack of bitterness.
  • 2016-04-10: bottled with 4.0 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 29, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: TTJ.

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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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Brewed: Morning Mud

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

morning mud oatmeal stout

Every winter I try to brew up at least one stout. I brewed a batch Pot Licker Milk Stout in November. It was my first experience with coffee in a home brew of my own. I liked it. Nothing like another go around.

Morning Mud, the name, is a play on breakfast, oatmeal, and coffee as it is an Oatmeal Stout with coffee. Thesaurus.com comes in handy in those situations. I am not a wordsmith. Morning is obviously a take on breakfast while mud is a slang synonym for coffee.

The make-up of the recipe is inspired by a clone recipe of Wake ‘N Bake by Terrapin Brewing Company that I found on HomeBrewTalk.com. If memory serves me, I believe I looked at Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewing Company clone recipes as well. No matter which or both of these recipes inspired me, I wanted coffee in the finished beer. I leaned more towards Wake ‘N Bake for inspiration as I didn’t want a huge beer but ample enough to hold up to the coffee and cocoa nibs.

Cold steeping coffee getting ready for secondary.

Cold steeping coffee getting ready for secondary.

Probably the biggest decision I had in the recipe formulation: use black patent malt or a de-bittered black malt. Since the final recipe called for coffee in the boil and in secondary, I thought that the coffee would lend enough bitterness. Also, black patent lends an ashy flavor and aroma that shows up late in the taste, something I don’t care for. Will the beer have enough balance without the black patent? I will know in six weeks or so.

The coffee is the same light and medium blend that I used in the aforementioned Pot Locker Milk Stout. I will be adding close to an ounce per gallon for two days prior to bottling. My mouth is watering. Enjoy!

Morning Mud Oatmeal Stout

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, January 09, 2016
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05, .5 Danstar BRY-97
Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.062
IBU: 61.9
Color: 45.5 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Primary Fermentation: 28 days @67*F, 2 days @67*F w/ 2 ounces of coffee

Grain Bill:
13.5# Maris Otter
1.5# Oats
1.0# Chocolate
12.0oz Roasted Barley
8.0oz Caramel 120L
8.0oz Debittered Black Malt III

Mash:
Saccharification @156.2*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce Magnum @60 minutes
1.00 ounce Willamette @25 minutes
1.00 ounce Willamette @10 minutes

Extras:
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 minutes
2.5 ounces cocoa nibs @ 15 minutes
2.0 ounces coffee @ 0 minutes
2.0 ounces coffee @ 2 days

Updates:

  • 2016-01-10: Fermenting at ambient first floor temperature: 68*F.
  • 2016-02-19: Placed 3.0 ounces of coffee in muslin bag, steeping in cold water.
  • 2016-02-21: Racked to secondary on top of coffee infusion.
  • 2016-02-22: Bottled, 30, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: OS.
  • 2016-03-17: Tasting.

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