Sunday, May 20, 2012

#60: IPA (5 gallon - partial mash)

First brew day with friends yesterday.  "Big Brew" a week or so late.  They wanted to do an IPA, and we wanted to shoot for less than four hours, so a partial mash on the new equipment seemed in order.  Cut some corners by hop-bursting the bitter and also by partial mashing and thus adding cold water at the end to get to volume.  Wrapped up in about 2.5 hours.  Super-efficient brew day considering two of the three people had never brewed before.  Did some grilling early and ordered pizza late, and also consumed a lot of beer.  Good times... 

Another side note...  Used some of the Summit I ordered from Willamette Valley Hops.  Funny thing is that every time I order from them, I end up with twice as much as I ordered.  I had spec'd a 55IBU, with a 1.5oz addition of the Summit, but they wanted to go more bitter, so we went 2.0oz for a 100+ IBU.  These hops have been in the freezer for a while, so likely I won't get that much out of them (though they still smelled great)...  Probably gonna get something in the 80ish range, but no real way to judge that.

Missed the OG by a touch.  I found when I was cleaning the equipment that there was some of the LME coating the bottom of the pot.  I guess we didn't stir well enough.  RDWHAHB...  Still should be mighty tasty.

Also, got my lagering fridge working again (at least temporarily).  So I guess I didn't need to trade my lager yeast in after all...

IPA (partial mash)                                          
American IPA

Type: Partial Mash Date: 1/6/2012
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 3.00 gal
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal)

Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.50 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 17.14 %
3.00 lb Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 5 min] Extract 34.29 %
4.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 45.71 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 2.86 %
0.60 oz Amarillo (Leaf) [8.70 %] (Dry Hop 3 days) Hops -
2.00 oz Summit [17.00 %] (35 min) Hops 67.1 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo [6.90 %] (20 min) Hops 9.9 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo [6.90 %] (5 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
8.00 oz Malto-Dextrine (Boil 5.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs Safale American (DCL Yeast #US-05) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.055 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.049 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.012 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.20 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.82 %
Bitterness: 108.3 IBU Calories: 217 cal/pint
Est Color: 8.1 SRM

EDIT:  Bloop...  bloop...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Budweiser accuses craft brewery of theft, slanders Calfkiller Brewing Company in Tennessee reports today on one of my favorite breweries, CalfKiller Brewery from Sparta, TN, being accused of theft by Budweiser over the use of old kegs that they bought from a reseller.  The Sergios responded on Facebook to the situation. "The big monopoly Budweiser has started walking in to accounts, and simply taking the little guys kegs! FLIRTING WITH SLANDER they have told business owners that Calfkiller had stole the kegs," in their words.  Very petty of Budweiser (or, at least their local tentacles).

If you are in the area, please support Dave and Don by buying their wonderful brews.  If you are not in the area, you are missing out, as they are very creative and out-of-the-box in their brewing, but you can still help by spreading this story far and wide.