Archive for April, 2020

Brewed: Loblolly Oatmeal Stout with Coffee

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Loblolly, an oatmeal stout with coffee, has become an annual staple in the home brewing repertoire. Typically I brew it in late winter or early spring. With everything going on this year in the world, it slipped to the springtime. The day was close to 60*F, the first day over 50*F in a week and a nice break to two days of snow during the week.

The coffee is still remaining from first home brew day of Loblolly, back in early 2018. It has been vacuumed sealed and in the freezer ever since. When I made the beer last year, the year old coffee hadn’t lost a step, I am assuming the two year old coffee shouldn’t be any different.

Now that I have extra free time and getting American craft beer isn’t as easy as before, my home brewing is going to get an uptick. Up next: NEIPA. Enjoy!

Recipe for Loblolly Coffee Oatmeal Stout

General Information:
Brew Date: Ssturday, April 19, 2020
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.059
Finishing Gravity: N/A
IBU: 39.9
Color: 36.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.74%
Alcohol by Volume: N/A
Calories per ounce: N/A
Primary Fermentation: start @66*F, slow rise for 3 days @70*F

Grain Bill:
8.00 pounds Maris Otter
2.00 pounds Flaked Oats
1.00 pounds Roasted Barley
1.00 pounds 60L
0.75 pounds Chocolate Malt

Mash:
Saccharification @157.3*F

Hop Bill:
4.00 ounces 2019 Pacifica @60 minutes

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

Updates:

  • 2020-04-19: @65.6*F, average fermentation. Conical is heat and cold +/- 1*F.

Useless Fact: At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.

Brewed: Grass Cutter American Wheat Ale

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

It has been some time since I wrote up a home brewing session on Grass Cutter American Wheat Ale. Grass Cutter has been brewed a few times since but it is the same old, there didn’t seem to be a reason.

This time around, I really changed it up and I was going more for a straight up American Wheat Ale: ~50/50 barley and wheat with a touch of hops for balance and interest. I decided to drop the coriander and the orange peel as well. Really a different beer and I was going to name it Easy Peasy but decided against it. The recipe below outlines this version of Grass Cutter.

Spike Brewing CF5 Conical Unitank in action for the first time in the home brewery.

First Time Conical Use

The highlight of brewing this beer is the first time use of the new Spike Brewing conical that I purchased used. It made racking very easy as I used a pump to move the wort from the brew kettle to the conical. It made the amount of supplies I had to bring upstairs from the basement a lot less.

But, there were was one major issue: the heat blanket didn’t work when it was set to go on (the temperature fell more than 1*F below the set temperature). I plugged it into the wall outlet directly, thinking the controller might be damaged: no dice. I couldn’t control the low end of fermentation but the fermentation should allow me to not drop too far but I couldn’t ramp up to make sure it finished. More on this in another entry…Enjoy!

Recipe for Grass Cutter American Wheat Ale

General Information:
Brew Date: Sunday, April 05, 2020
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.045
Finishing Gravity: 1.009
IBU: 27.9
Color: 3.8 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: N/A
Alcohol by Volume: 4.73%
Calories per ounce: N/A
Primary Fermentation: start @66*F, slow rise for 3 days @70*F

Grain Bill:
4.00 pounds American 2-Row
4.00 pounds Red Wheat
1.00 pounds Munich

Mash:
Saccharification @150.8*F

Hop Bill:
0.50 ounces 2018 Apollo @20 minutes
0.50 ounces 2018 Apollo @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2017 Citra @5 minutes

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

Useless Fact: The pet food company Ralston Purina introduced, from its subsidiary Purina Philippines, power chicken feed designed to help roosters build muscles for cockfighting, which is popular in many areas of the world.