Posts Tagged ‘american wheat ale’

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

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Brewed: Glass Case of Emotion an American Wheat Ale

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Glass Case of Emotion, American Wheat Ale, brew day thoughts:

Weighting out grains to kick of a home brewing day!

I have been really enjoying the lighter side of American craft beer lately: wheat and pale ales have been my go tos. After three months of not brewing it was time to stop the bleeding of paying for craft beer and craft up a wonderful batch for myself.

Glass Case of Emotion is an American Wheat Ale. I decided to use of Galaxy hops that were sitting in the basement hop freezer but was not going to dry hop this beer. Late boil additions and a whirlpool would suffice. I really wanted the aforementioned beer to be a gentle beer; over-hopping would not allow me to attain that goal.

The name of the beer comes from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. The quote, rather hysterical, makes one think and how ironic that he is actually in a phone booth (for those of us whom remember what those were).

I can’t remember that last time I put together an American lite ale that didn’t have a dry hop addition. It won’t be long until I have a chance to determine if that was the right decision. Enjoy!

Recipe for Glass Case of Emotion

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Day: Sunny, with some clouds, somewhat humid, @73*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.058
Finishing Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 25.7
Color: 4.3 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 71.02%
Alcohol by Volume: 6.30%
Apparent Attenuation: 82%
Calories per ounce: 15.8
Primary Fermentation: 14 days @66*F

Grain Bill:
5.00 pound(s) 2-row
5.00 pound(s) Red Wheat
0.50 pound(s) Cara-pils
0.25 pound(s) Honey Malt

Mash:
Saccharification @152.0*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy @10 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy @5 minutes
1.00 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy @0 minutes
4.00 ounce(s) 2017 Galaxy whirlpool, 20 minutes

Extras:
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
2.0 quart of rice hulls

Updates:

  • None

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Home Brewed: ELE (Everybody Love Everybody)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

ELE brew day thoughts:

Everybody Love Everybody (ELE) pays homage to the American Wheat Ale and the movie it came from: Semi-Pro (damn shame that movie is rated so low, love it). I chose the name as there was some issues going on in life and ELE was very fitting for the situation. It was perfect actually.

The inspiration came from scouring the internet, reading magazines (yes, I still get those), and talking to a new brewing buddy: Alex. He is a co-worker of mine that will always look for a reason to chat home brewing. I can’t let a fellow home brewer down; I have to have the discussions.

I wanted to make a light beer, with low bitterness, easy to drink and not too taxing on the abv. It needed to be a spring beer that carries some hops flavor and aroma.

I ended using a North East IPA style of hop additions: late in the brew kettle, flame out, and dry hopping in primary after fermentation slows. I used Citra and Mosaic hops to get that across with a splash of Azacca.

I am hoping the thought that went into this beer comes out in the finished product as I imagined. Enjoy!

Recipe for ELE:

General Information:
Brew Date: Saturday, March 09, 2019
Day: overcast, @42*F
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S05
Yeast Starter: None
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.043
Finishing Gravity: 1.006
IBU: 20.9
Color: 3.7 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Conversion Efficiency: 66.99%
Alcohol by Volume: 4.86%
Apparent Attenuation: 85%
Calories per ounce: 239.2 per 12oz bottle
Primary Fermentation: 7 days @68*F

Grain Bill:
5.00 pound(s) 2-row
3.00 pound(s) Red Wheat
1.00 pound(s) Oats
4.00 ounce(s) Caramel 20L

Mash:
Saccharification @155.2*F

Hop Bill:
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Azacca @20 minutes
3.00 ounce(s) 2017 Mosaic whirlpool, 20 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Citra whirlpool, 20 minutes
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Citra dry hop, low fermentation
2.00 ounce(s) 2017 Mosaic dry hop, low fermentation
1.00 ounce(s) 2016 Azacca dry hop, high fermentation

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

Updates:

  • 2019-03-10 morning: @60.1*F, light fermentation.
  • 2019-03-10 evening @60.3*F, light fermentation. Added heat at 68*F.
  • 2019-03-11 morning: @67.1*F, great fermentation. Took off heat.
  • 2019-03-13 evening: added dry hops.
  • 2019-03-16 morning: cold crash to 36*F .
  • 2019-03-17: kegged

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