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Brewed: Winter Wheat Ale

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Winter Wheat ale was a quick zigzag when trying to brew up another batch of Grass Cutter wheat ale. In case you haven’t been following along, Grass Cutter wheat ale is a beer that I home brew up for the wife once a year or less.

I haven’t had much time to brew lately. Telling the wife that I would make a beer she likes seemed to be the best way to carve out time from our busy schedule while doing good for others. 😀

I decided on Grass Cutter. Brewing it would have to do without the Saaz hops that I normally use as I was out and a trip to the home brew store wasn’t in the schedule. Not a big deal. Once brew day arrived, I collected up my supplies, including Azacca and Cascade hops. Yes, I know, no where near Saaz. It’s what I had.

Home Brewing Winter Wheat Ale

How did I come up with a new beer? First off, asking that rhetorical question loosely. Secondly, on brew day I was missing coriander as well. Coriander adds more pronounced orange while giving off some pepper notes as well. This is a big change to a beer that usually consider to be an Americanized Belgian Wit.

I had zigged around the hops, now it was time to zag around the missing coriander. Two major changes to a single recipe make for a new recipe, thus Winter Wheat Ale.

I also decided to add the zest at one orange, soaked in vodka, at bottling. I did this in the past with Grass Cutter and it adds a huge orange boost. Cheers to hoping this one turns out somewhat decent. Enjoy!

Recipe for Winter Wheat Ale

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.052
Finishing Gravity: 1.005
IBU: 20.8
Color: 4.0 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.17%
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
6.00 pounds 2-Row
3.00 pounds Red Wheat
1.00 pounds Munich

Mash:
Saccharification @150.3*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounces 2015 Cascade @20 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @5 minutes

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Orange peel, bitter @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Orange peel, sweet @15 minutes
1.0 fresh Orange zest (soaked in vodka), @15 minutes
4.0 quarts of rice hulls

Updates

  • 2017-01-29: Bottled with 3.8 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 28, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: GC.

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Tasted: Used IPA

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

used ipa

Used IPA was my initial attempt at an northeast india pale ale (NEIPA). Since brewing this beer, I have added two more NEIPA brew days to my repertoire: Smiles IPA and Baller IPA. Each iteration has been a better beer. This could be due to hops, malt and/or process, as I have changed them each time. I like variety.

When adding 14 ounces of hops to beer, especially Amarillo hops, I expect great things. The vast amount of Amarillo hops was driven by two things: needing to get rid of 2014 hops and Daisy Cutter.

Using up old hops is a no brainer. I don’t feel they lose much in terms of aroma and flavor, in spite of the alpha acid drop off. Keeping them in the freezer in vacuum sealed bags helps keep them fresh as possible.

Being inspired by Daisy Cutter has been on the short since 2009, the first time I tasted the beer. The floral power of Amarillo jumped out at me and ever since I have wanted to brew up a home brew worthy.

Look: Hazy but still able to see through the beer quite well. Pale gold to gold in color. Pure white, wispy looking foam covers. Great staying power. Sporadic lacing throughout.

Aroma: Strong lemon. One dimensional.

Taste: Lemon is strong again. Really the only characteristic that sticks out. Light, clean malt.

Drinkability: Dry finish. Light end of medium body, possibly bigger. Crisp. Low bitterness. Good balance.

Overall: There is nothing off on the base beer, just nothing exciting. The hops are subdued to the nth degree when they should be shining. Could this be a water issue? I know I have hard water. Nevertheless, I learned a bit on the NEIPA process and will revisit going forward.

It could be process. It could be the age of the hops. It could be the change in my palate and nose. No matter, I didn’t get the hop profile from this beer that I was attempting to achieve. After being let down with this beer, I tried the original Daisy Cutter. Not what I remembered. I will only use Amarillo in conjunction with other hops going froward. Enjoy!

Note: looking up Amarillo hops again, interestingly it seems that citrus is now described as the main aroma/flavor with most description not listing floral in the profile. Has the hop changed?

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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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