Archive for January, 2014

Das Boot

Friday, January 31st, 2014


Not the boot from Beer Fest but the one I received from my doctor a couple of weeks back, has placed a huge damper on my home brewing.

I hurt my foot while playing basketball. I didn’t roll but had some bad pain in both of my calf muscles. I woke up the next morning with a sore (a bit worse than that but painful seems too harsh) right foot. The arch, ball, ankle, just about the whole thing hurt. I limped to work and home. The following morning I woke up and had pain. Enough pain that I couldn’t walk on the foot. To the doctor.

I am entering my third week with the boot. The foot has slightly recovered. When I walk around without the boot, which is very limited, I can’t go fast, far or for long without good old pain creeping in to remind me that I am old and too fat to play basketball anymore.

Yeah, don’t cry for me. I will live but my home brewing has gone south. I can’t stand long enough to brew a batch. I am hoping to be back up and around in a few weeks. I have yeast wasting away that wants to have a smile put on its’ face while sinking into some sugary wort. Enjoy!

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Brewed: Willaxy

Saturday, January 4th, 2014
Adjusted Monster Mill to .035 since I was disappointed with the last crush.

Adjusted Monster Mill to .035 since I was disappointed with the last crush.

I enjoy spending time with my family during the holidays. This year I took the two weeks off to coincide my wife and kids being off work and out of school respectively. Typically during this time I brew 4 – 6 batches, mainly fermented with bugs. This year I decided to start working on the basement, leaving little time for home brewing.

With the end of my vacation quickly closing in, I decided to make a thrown together beer. I went to the basement to see what goodies might be available for making a pale ale or IPA. I knew there was plenty of 2-row, Munich and red wheat. Down to the basement (note to self: cellar sounds better than basement). I found a half pound of victory and a half pound of . The hops. The freezer. Willamette and Galaxy. Hmm. Sounds like an interesting mix. 4.0 ounces of each should do the trick, cleaning me out of both. The hops were split between first wort, whirlpool and dry hopping.

I wasn’t overly thrilled with the aroma as I brewed the beer. I thought the Galaxy would really grab me. I haven’t worked with Willamette. It wasn’t until I smelled the blow off that I really understood how well this combination of hops was going to be. Just a bit more time until I find out. Enjoy!

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Safale S-05
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.0543
IBU: 57.0
Color: 5.1 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 5.2%
Fermentation: 1 day @64*F, 8 days @68*F, 6 days @64*F, 7 day dry hop @64*F

Grain Bill:
9.0# Two-Row
1.00# Red Wheat
0.50# Munich
0.50# Victory

Saccharification @151.9*F

Hop Bill:
2.00 ounces Wilamette first wort (treated as 20 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Galaxy first wort (treated as 20 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Wilamette whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Galaxy whirl pool (treated as 30 minute addition)
1.00 ounces Wilamette dry hop (4 days)
2.00 ounces Galaxy dry hop (4 days)

1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 minutes


  • 2014-01-30: dry hopped with 2.0 oz Galaxy, 1.5 oz Wilamette

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