Sunday, February 7, 2016

#99: Quick Berliner Weiss

Easy Berliner Weiss
Berliner Weiss


Type: Extract Date: 2/7/2016
Batch Size: 2.40 gal

Amount Item Type % or IBU
1 lbs Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 60.61 %
10.4 oz Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 39.39 %
0.25 oz Ahtanum [6.00 %] (15 min) Hops 6.6 IBU
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.030 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.030 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 2.87 %
Bitterness: 6.6 IBU Calories: 128 cal/pint
Est Color: 4.8 SRM

Sunday, January 4, 2015

#88: Nashville Pre-Prohibition Ale

Way back when Gerst first came out, Linus posted the recipe breakdown as follows:

Yazoo Gerst Amber

50% Pale malt
31% Vienna malt
12% Cara 20 malt
7% Flaked maize

Bittered with Perle, flavor and aroma with Tettnanger
OG: 11 Plato
FG: 2.5 Plato
IBUs: 11
SRM: 5.0

Fermented on the cool side with our house ale yeast, around 62 F for primary fermentation. 

From that post I went with the following recipe for a 3 gallon batch:

Nashville Pre-Prohibition Amber Ale                       
American Amber Ale


Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 3.00 gal

Amount Item Type % or IBU
3.00 lb 2-Row (2.0 SRM) Grain 49.05 %
2.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 32.70 %
0.70 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 11.50 %
0.41 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 6.75 %
0.17 oz Pearle [7.50 %] (55 min) Hops 6.7 IBU
0.16 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 2.3 IBU
0.16 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (7 min) Hops 1.0 IBU
1 Pkgs London ESB Ale (Wyeast Labs #1968) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est OG: 1.047 SG Measured OG: 1.065 SG
Est FG: 1.014 SG
Estimated AbV: 4.32 % Est AbV: 6.40 %
Bitterness: 11.5 IBU Calories: 294 cal/pint
Est Color: 6.8 SRM

Sunday, September 14, 2014

#85: Smoked Maple Rye

#85: Smoked Maple Rye 
American Wheat or Rye Beer 

Type: Extract with grain steep

Date: 9/14/2014 
Batch Size: 2.40 gal


Amount Item Type % or IBU 

1.87 lb American Ale (3.4 SRM) Extract 37.55 % 
1.21 lb Kvass Concentrate (9.0 SRM) Extract 24.30 % 
0.75 lb Oats, Organic (Maple) (1.0 SRM) Grain 15.06 % 
0.50 lb Smoked Malt, Cherrywood (5.0 SRM) Grain 10.04 % 
0.40 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 8.03 % 
0.25 lb Dandelion Syrup (2.0 SRM) Sugar 5.02 % 
0.40 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (40 min) Hops 10.2 IBU 
0.40 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (40 min) Hops 14.0 IBU 
0.30 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (15 min) Hops 4.3 IBU 
0.30 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 5.9 IBU 
0.30 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (1 min) Hops 0.4 IBU 
0.30 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (1 min) Hops 0.5 IBU 
0.36 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc 
2 Pkgs Cooper Ale (Coopers #-) Yeast-Ale 

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.060 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.058 SG 
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG 
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.94 % 
Bitterness: 61.5 IBU 
Calories: 260 cal/pint 
Est Color: 6.9 SRM

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#83: Oktoberfest

Started the 1 gallon recipe testing for Emma's recipe book today. Very smooth process, though not my normal process. New to me processes included using the oven for mashing, 2-step infusion mashing, and a different sparge technique (which worked great for this amount of grain, but wouldn't really work for me in a larger scale... basically using a metal strainer to suspend the grains, passing the wort through it multiple times between two vessels). I had a bit of a problem holding temps in the oven consistently, but it never really got far out of range. I did, however, have to pull the pot three times during the 90 minute mash to put it on the stovetop to bump the temps. Followed her processes, even when tempted to throw back to normal processes. 

Things learned:
- I was quickly reminded why I moved outside to the turkey fryer now. Slow to reach boils, testy wife due to aromas, etc.
- I really value my grain bags and/or wish I had a finer mesh strainer. Had to fish some grain out after the sparge. Also, I have an eight inch strainer, but would need to use a 12 inch strainer to do a larger batch.
- It was a really, really long brew day for only 1 gallon of wort

I had a fun time doing this little project, and I think it will be a fine brew. It was estimated 1.056 SG, and even though I overestimated the volumes (was maybe at 1.2 gallons or a bit less at the end), I hit 1.053, so I had good efficiency. I won't post the recipe here (as it doesn't belong to me... buy the book!), but it was a good mix of munich, vienna, and german pils, along with traditional hop varieties. The yeasties were happily forming a krausen at 52 degrees within hours of pitching.

While the book I'm testing for isn't due out until 2015, here's her first book: Amazon link


Sunday, March 9, 2014

#81/82: Old Ale (yeast variants)

Some of the homebrew club guys in the area had started a multi-club barrel project that I have been following. Basically the project consisted of an old ale recipe, fermented with a local wild yeast and aged in a Beans Creek Winery Cynthiana wine barrel.  Though I wasn't participating in the project, I was given the opportunity to purchase a vial of the yeast and was given access to the recipe, so I decided to give it a go for my own purposes. I may get some oak cubes soaked in the Beans Creek wine, or I may do something else...  not sure yet.

My original plan, which I should have followed through on, was to order the ingredients as they devised it, but to split the ingredients into two.  I originally intended to have a 3 gallon brew day with the purchased yeast, and then later do the other 2 gallons with some S-04 that I need to use. The plan was to either simply bottle this second batch and be able to compare the differences the yeast varieties imparted, or to blend them at bottling time. The main reason I intended to do this plan was my uncertainty about doing a hi-grav 5 gallon brew on my equipment.  My equipment works great for 3 gallon brews of all types.  I've done a few 5 gallon batches, but always of the lo grav variety.  

This morning, however, I decided to go ahead and do both brews in conjunction, doing a 5 gallon brewday, but splitting it into two fermenters.  In hindsight I should have stuck to the original plan.  I ran into some issues related to the sheer volume of grain and wort that I was able to overcome (though with a hit to the OG), but it really would have been easier to do the two smaller brews.  No matter...  it will still be a tasty brew.

One issue was that I overestimated the boil off, and thus ended up with 5.5 gallons of wort. I know the boil off rates for 3 gallon pretty well, but really don't have the 5 gallon dialed in well. I also found that thevolume of grains didn't work well with my grain bag and my eBIAB pot for the mash. I normally get 65-70% efficiency with my BIAB, but in this case I only got 57ish% after taking into account the variation of wort volume.  I would surmise that that was simply because I couldn't stir well with the grain being packed more tightly than normal which led to the subpar efficiency.  The original recipe was set at 75% efficiency, so I already knew I wouldn't hit their 9% abv estimate, but I ended up with an estimate of 6% instead of my estimate of 7.5%.  I'm really not terribly concerned about this, as I'm not contributing my wort to the barrel and thus have a lot less concern about hitting their numbers.  Still, I likely would have done better doing this as three gallons.  Ah well... lesson learned.

Side note: I tried out the cold steeping technique for dark grains detailed on the AHA website. This may well have caused a bit of my efficiency problems as well.

The yeast used in the three gallon was HS2 blended with brett L from Southyeast Labs.  The HS2 is a yeast harvested from honeysuckle at Blackberry Farms.  It is said to have "an excellent red wine quality and peppery finish."  The addition of the brett will provide some farmhouse notes as well.  So the two gallon batch with S-04 should be a totally different beer.  Should be fun to compare.

I figure I'll bottle the S-04 batch in a few weeks, but I will likely let the HS2 batch set in a secondary for several months, likely on oak cubes (possibly ones soaked in the wine to emulate the main project if I'm able to secure them).
Base recipe, adjusted to account for the crappy efficiency:

Cynthiana Old Ale                                        
Old Ale


Type: All Grain Date: 2/10/2014
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Time: 115 min Brewhouse Efficiency: 57.00

Amount Item Type % or IBU
11.50 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 70.77 %
1.00 lb Amber Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 6.15 %
1.00 lb Crystal Dark - 77L (Crisp) (75.0 SRM) Grain 6.15 %
1.00 lb Special B (Dingemans) (147.5 SRM) Grain 6.15 %
0.75 lb Extra Special (Briess) (130.0 SRM) Grain 4.62 %
0.56 lb Carapils (Hoepfner) (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.45 %
0.44 lb Barley, Flaked (Thomas Fawcett) (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.71 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 14.2 IBU
2.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 17.1 IBU
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (0 min) Hops -
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.062 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.062 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.016 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.00 %
Bitterness: 31.3 IBU Calories: 279 cal/pint
Est Color: 27.2 SRM

Saturday, January 25, 2014

#80: Gluten-Reduced Brett Saison

I have had several items/techniques/ingredients that I've wanted to try out, but haven't been brewing much lately.  So...  decided to do all at once.  I have been trying to eat gluten-free(ish) lately (though I've slid the last few weeks), and thus a vial of Clarity Ferm to make a gluten reduced beer.  I bought a vial of WLP670 to make my first Brett beer.  I bought some cubeb berries for brewing.  I bought a box of Kashi Honey 7-grain cereal to make a Sugar Puff beer.  So...  let's mash that all together!  This actually seemed to all work together for a gluten-reduced brett saison.  I also have some oak cubes soaking in merlot, but I think I'll save those for another brew.  The intent here is to keep this in primary for 90 days (following recommendation by Embrace the Funk), and hoping I ferment near 1.0.  I guess we'll see.  I'm starting at 64 degrees, and will try to ramp it a bit every few days, settling (hopefully) around 80 or so.  The last saison I did was during a summer, so I got near 90 (yikes), but it was one of my favorite beers.  The fermenter (and some tubing, etc.) will now be wild beer only.  That's great, as I intend to keep wild ales in the rotation from here on out.  I had no idea how to account for the cereal in Beersmith, so I listed the weight of it as torrified wheat.  That put things at 1.075, and I hit 1.074, so I guess that was OK.

Gluten Reduced Kashi Brett Saison (AG)               


Type: All Grain Date: 1/14/2014
Batch Size: 2.40 gal Brewer:
Boil Size: 2.75 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00
Taste Notes:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.61 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 74.54 %
0.76 lb Kashi 7 Grain (1.7 SRM) Grain 10.04 %
0.65 lb Wheat Malt, Avangard (2.3 SRM) Grain 8.66 %
0.33 lb Smoked Malt, Cherrywood (5.0 SRM) Grain 4.33 %
0.50 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (75 min) Hops 20.0 IBU
0.50 oz Pride of Ringwood [9.00 %] (60 min) Hops 28.7 IBU
0.45 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (10 min) Hops 5.7 IBU
0.12 oz Clarity Ferm (Primary 0.0 days) Misc
0.30 oz Cubeb Berries (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
0.30 oz Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
2.40 gm Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 min) Misc
0.18 lb Honey (1.0 SRM) Sugar 2.42 %
1 Pkgs American Farmhouse Blend (White Labs #WLP670) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.075 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.074 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.021 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.007 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.01 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 8.76 %
Bitterness: 54.4 IBU Calories: 331 cal/pint
Est Color: 5.4 SRM

Monday, October 21, 2013

#79 - Light Vienna Lager

Another attempt to clear some of these contest winnings...  Coopers/Mr. B extract and a dry yeasts heading toward expiration.  This extract also comes with ale yeast, but in the contest winnings was also a Saflager 34/70 that is near expiration, so we're doing this as a lager. As mentioned in the other post, this made for an unbelievably quick brew day (I did this and #78 back-to-back in about an hour).  Of course, I'm suspecting taste and quality may lack a bit, though I've had decent results thus far with these extracts.  This labeling and name alludes to Sam Adams, but I've tasted an end result of this one from a friend who made this, and it didn't resemble Sammy in the slightest.

Unfortunate side issue...  dropped my hydrometer.  No readings, but luckily no cut foot.  I guess a trip to the LHBS is in order.  They advertise these as 3.7% ABV, but experience and reading tells me that 3.1% might be the actual target.  RDWHAHB...

Light Vienna Lager

Batch 2.13 gal

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.032 OG
Estimated FG 1.008 FG
Recipe Bitterness 17 IBU
Alcohol by Volume 3.1%
Recipe Color 3° SRM


1.87 lb Mr. Beer/Coopers Patriot Lager Extract
1.00 unit Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast