Friday, December 12, 2014

Elf'n Madness Ale (Carrot Cake Quad)

Insanity ... yeah pretty much looney anything but ordinary is usually the only rule when I brew and this is no exception. If anything.. I took it to a whole new level. Whatever line was there has be obliterated and only ashes of it remain. 

It has been a long time since I brewed my last Quad, and at first I thought I just make the same recipe again.. BLAH really? Nah I know the thousand reasons why you should brew the same beer over and over and over... but when Christmas comes around I just have to make it super special, unique .. one of kind... never been done before... crashing the taste buds of humanity... etc.

The idea came carrot cake quad... maybe from wife not sure she is pretty awesome like that, and for some reason supports this addiction of mine. So I went with that idea, even though carrot cake is one my least favorite cakes. I goggled... binged and even yahoo-ed for days on carrot cake recipes found a really good one and said OK can all this go in a beer ?! Will all of it be noticeable or will it be just one big hot mess?! 

Above is what went into the secondary in 5 gallon nylon mesh bag... I roasted all of that together at once.. pineapple, pecans. and coconut flakes. 
I think the biggest thing I learned from doing big stuff like this...put each ingredient in the secondary by it's self for a little bit not all at once. I mostly got coconut flavor from this "hot mess" which isnt bad but I would have like to have tasted more pineapple and pecans.. 

The recipe is below the only thing I don't have listed here that I did yesterday during bottling is add 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg at end of boil of the bottling sugar. 
 

Elf'n Madness Ale


Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Type: All Grain
Calories: 403.48
Rating: 0.0
Boil Size: 6.80 Gals
IBU's: 33.39
Batch Size: 5.00 Gals
Color:   32.3 SRM  
Boil Time: 90 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.105



Estimated
Actual
Brew Date:
-
11/23/2014
OG:
1.124
1.098
FG:
1.031
1.006
ABV:
12.17 %
12.05 %
Efficiency:
67.00 %
50.01 %
Serve Date:
12/25/2014
-


Grains & Adjuncts
Amount
Percentage
Name
Time
Gravity
20.00 lbs
72.12 %
Pilsner (2 Row) Bel
60 mins
1.036
1.60 lbs
5.77 %
Honey Malt
60 mins
1.034
1.20 lbs
4.33 %
Caramunich Malt
60 mins
1.033
13.00 ozs
2.93 %
German Dark Munich
60 mins
1.037
6.40 ozs
1.44 %
Aromatic Malt
60 mins
1.036
6.40 ozs
1.44 %
Special B Malt
60 mins
1.030
1.60 ozs
0.36 %
Bairds Chocolate Malt
60 mins
1.035
2.00 lbs
7.21 %
Candi Sugar, Amber
60 mins
1.036
13.00 ozs
2.93 %
Turbinado
60 mins
1.044
6.50 ozs
1.46 %
Raisins
60 mins
1.046


Hops
Amount
IBU's
Name
Time
AA %
1.00 ozs
16.69
Northdown
60 mins
7.90
1.00 ozs
16.69
North down
60 mins
7.90


Yeasts
Amount
Name
Laboratory / ID
5 act pkgs
Belgian Abbey II
Wyeast Labs 1762


Additions
Amount
Name
Time
Stage
2.00 each
Vanilla Beans
7 days
Secondary
0.10 tsp
Ginger Root
1 mins
Boil
0.15 tsp
Cinnamon Powder
1 mins
Boil
0.05 tsp
Cloves, Ground
1 mins
Boil
10.00 oz
Roasted Pecans
7 days
Secondary
12.00 oz
Pineapples
7 days
Secondary
8.00 oz
Unsweet Coconut flakes
7 days
Secondary
1.50 lb
Roasted Puree Carrots
60 mins
Mash


Mash Profile
Profile Name: All Grain Profile 1

Grain Temp: 70.00 °F
Mash Tun Vol Loss: 0.75 Gals
Grain Absorption: 0.13 Gals/lb
Tun Temp Loss: 4.50 °F
Cooling Shrinkage: 4.00 %
Kettle Trub Loss: 0.75 Gals
Hourly Boiloff: 9.00 %

     Mash Steps:
Infusion
90 min@152.0°F
  Add 30.64 qts water @ 169.6°F
Batch Sparge
  Sparge 12.30 qts water @ 170.00 °F


Water Profile

(none)




Fermentation Steps
Name
Days / Temp
Estimated
Actual
Primary
7 days @ 68.0°F
11/23/2014
11/23/2014
Secondary
10 days @ 68.0°F
11/30/2014
12/01/2014
Bottle/Keg
14 days @ 68.0°F
12/11/2014
12/11/2014


Carbonation
Bottle Carbonation
Desired Vol of CO2:
2.20 Vols
Beer Temperature:
68.00 °F
Residual CO2 in Beer:
0.86
Table Sugar Required:
3.42 ozs


Notes
27.01 lb grain bill

8.78 gallons of water at 165.2 * F

Sparge .39 gallons

Second sparge 4.38 gallons @ 170

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fat Whimpkin

Been too, guess that is what happens when you have two very young boys. But I managed to brew this beer in time for the fall.
Above on the left is this brew. 

I have made other brews like this one but I believe this one is a home run.
I love the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg and it doesn't have a too strong of whisky aroma or flavor for those that are not into that.

The one fun thing i did with this beer, is the oak chips were jack daniel oak chips and then it was soaked in Whisky but not for too long ( a few days). Also this is a variant of last year's Fat Rumpkin

Fermentables

Fermentable      Amount                               Use        PPG       Color
Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt          6.0 lb     48 %       Mash     37           1 °L
Vienna (UK)       3.0 lb     24 %       Mash     35           4 °L
Munich (UK)      15.0 oz  7 %         Mash     37           6 °L
Pumpkin Puree 0.8 lb     6 %         Mash     1              13 °L
Brown Sugar      4.0 oz    2 %         Boil         45           15 °L
Caramunich II    15.0 oz  7 %                         34           46 °L
CaraFoam (DE)  8.0 oz    4 %                         37           1 °L
Hops

Hop        Amount               Time      Use        Form     AA
Apollo (US)         0.25 oz  60 min   Boil         Pellet    18.0%
Yeasts

Name    Lab/Product       Attenuation
London Ale III    Wyeast 1318      73.0%
Extras

Name    Amount               Time      Use
Cloves a pinch   0.05 oz  2.0 min Boil
Cardamom a pinch          0.05 oz  2.0 min Boil
Oak Chips Whiskey          4.0 oz    7.0 days                Secondary
Pumpkin              0.8 lb     1.0 hr     Mash
Cinnamon (Ground)       0.19 oz  2.0 min Boil
Nutmeg (Ground)           0.1 oz    2.0 min Boil
Mash steps

Step       Heat Source       Target Temp      Time
Protein Rest       Infusion               144.0 °F                90 min
Predicted Stats

Batch Size 4.5 gal Boil Time60 minEfficiency75.0%
1.071 OG  1.019 FG  15 IBU  6.8% ABV  10 SRM  0.21 IBU/OG


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

White Rain (Blonde Coffee Chocolate Stout)

Blonde Stout? yeah that is hard, did it turn out well sure. Is it a stout, no but does it have coffee aromas and flavors, oh yeah! How about chocolate yep but not as strong as the coffee. 
Is blonde? No more like golden slight red hue to it. 

What would I change not sure since it is something no one really has done much of and I cant really find anything commercially to speak off. I had flaked oats, brown sugar, chocolate malt, lactose, and some crystal 40 so that should have been enough, but I probably should have added some roasted barley but then that brings the color up so I could have added about 4 ozs to the grain bill but not sure that would be enough. Again this beer is a great dessert like kind of ale but is missing the "close your eyes I am drinking a stout" but it i does have the "close your eyes am I drinking coffee". 

This was no matter what a fun brew to make and one of the many great reasons to be a home brewer... because no one commercially speaking, can afford to do something this crazy all the time, except if that is your staple being crazy... not sure how profitable that is.




Fermentable                                     Amount               Use        PPG       Color
Pale 2-Row (UK )                              11.5 lb                   66 %       Mash     38           2  °L
Dry Malt Extract - Extra Light       3.0 lb                     17 %       Boil         42           2  °L
Lactose (Milk Sugar)                       1.0 lb                     5 %         Boil         41           1  °L
Briess Caramel Malt 40L                   9.44 oz                  3 %         Mash     34           40  °L
Brown Sugar                                      9.44 oz                  3 %         Boil         45           15  °L
Flaked Oats                                        9.44 oz                  3 %                         33           2  °L
Bairds Chocolate Malt                    2.36 oz                  0 %         Mash     32           475  °L

Hops Boil time: 60 min
Hop                        Amount               Time      Use        Form     AA
Warrior (US)       1.2   oz                  60  min  Boil         Pellet    16.0%

Yeasts
American Ale     Wyeast 1056     
Additives
Whirlfloc
Coffee (whole) 1.0 lb     10.0 min      Boil
Chocolate Flavoring        2.0 oz    14.0 days             Bottle
1.084 OG 
1.021 FG
 43 IBU
 8.3% ABV
 12 SRM 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Praise & Blame

Late post been brewing a lot lately and this one is now three brews back from my most current creation!

I wanted to make a SMASH ale for the beach trip back in late July, and decided to split the batch in half and add peaches to one and dry hop the other.

The dry hop brew I named Praise, and the peaches brew is Blame.

A lot of my beers can be well odd, extreme, or just plan gross (chicken lemon pepper anyone? (soap)), but I would like to think I learn for each of the brews to make product. Some of the brews the people have enjoyed in the past  - coconut coffee porter, trinity  stout, quad, imperial amber, and pineapple IPA. This one might not be as great as those but I still like to learn what contributes exactly to a beer, and what a better way then a SMASH ale so I did this with only US 2-row, 16 lbs of it, with Caliente as the only hop.
A new hop, not sure I will use it again though it did bring some interesting flavors like cherry and candy.
The peaches dint turn out as well as I like bc to news to me peaches don't sink as well and you get a lot floaty fruit in the beer, didn't do too much to the flavor but it wasn't very appealing to see stuff floating.

One my favorite parts besides brewing a beer is naming it! Some have loved the names I have come up with, like the pineapple IPA (Babyface), A Bear's Vice (Berliner Weisse), or Charlie Brown (PB & J Brown Ale). For this brew I named Praise & Blame because well one of them you will Blame me and the other you will Praise me for..which one is which is up to you but to eliminate confusion peaches is Blame and dry hoped is Praise.

For those wanting the recipe here it is, for the rest of you give me your thoughts positive or negative.


Fermentables

Efficiency: 69.0 % Batch size: 6.0 gal
Boil time: 60 min

Fermentable Amount
2-Row (US) 16.0 lb 100 %

Hop Amount Time
Caliente (US) 0.5 oz 60 min
Caliente (US) 1.0 oz 30 min
Caliente (US) 1.0 oz 10 min
Caliente (US) 0.5 oz 1 min
Caliente (US) 1.0 oz 14 days

Yeast
Name Lab/Product
Burton IPA Wyeast
Burton IPA Wyeast

Name Amount Time
Peach Puree 3.0 lb 14.0 days Secondary

Predicted Stats
1.068 OG 1.019 FG
65 IBU 6.5% ABV
2 SRM 0.96 IBU/OG

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Bear's Vice

Recently I came back from the mountains, first camping trip since I was kid. It was stressful at times (mainly because trying to control two boys can be at times a challenge) but overall I really enjoyed it. Thought it was great to finally put away my stupid iPhone and not have access to the outside world.
I seriously need to do that more often! 

I have come to the realization that having a strong beer is not always great, and sometimes can be just too much in certain situations. When summer comes around I tend to lean toward drinking IPAs, Sours, and light fruit style beers. (Though I will say Old Chub Nitro by Oscar Blues is very good!) Recently I brewed a style of beer I have never made before, a Berliner Weisse. This is German style sour. With an abv of 4.2 or lower, nice lemony sour taste. This is done many different ways, but the way I did this brew was a sour mash.  A sour mash for those who havent taken that journey is simply keeping your mash at 90-100 degrees for 2 days or more. Also to prevent O2 from touching the mash ( too much O2 on a sour mash can lead toward very off putting aromas and flavors - think sewer) I put plastic wrap on top of the grains. 

To try and make the beer a little bit more sour/lemony I used acidulated malt, but I did have one hiccup during the boil,  which was I didn't boil the beer. I ran out of propane, but the good thing is this was actually NOT a hiccup because it is acceptable for this style not to have a boil but rather a very high near boiling temp will work. Though most people that do this style to be safe from DMS and other off flavors boil for 10 to 20 minutes. I did do hops but right when I added the wort in the kettle at near boiling temps for about 20 minutes. 

One thing that I will not do next time, is to add hops to the secondary, it caused a very grassy flavor, luckily I didn't dry hop the whole batch just half, the other half I added oak chips soaked in Chardonnay. That side of the beer turned out nice, but not as sour as I would like.. though with after year or more it should get nice and tart. 

So here is the recipe and cheers!  

Fermentables    Efficiency: 75.0 %            Batch size: 8.0 gal

Fermentable                      Amount               Use                        PPG       Color
 Pilsner (BE)                        6.25 lb                 54 %       Mash    37          1  °L
 Wheat Malt (DE)             4.0 lb                    34 %                      37          2  °L
 Acidulated Malt (DE)     1.0 lb                    8 %                        27          3  °L
 Crystal Rye (UK)              4.0 oz                   2 %        Mash    33          90  °L

Hops
 No Boil time: 20 min near boil
Hop                        Amount  Time                   Use                        Form     AA
Warrior (US)       0.3   oz 10  min                Boil                        Pellet    16.0%
Pacifica (NZ)       1.0   oz 14 days                Dry Hop               Pellet    5.5%
Saphir (DE)          1.0   oz 14 days                Dry Hop               Pellet    3.2%
Spalt (DE)            1.0   oz 14 days                Dry Hop               Pellet    4.8%

Yeasts
Name                    Lab/Product       Average Attenuation
Lactobacillus       Wyeast 5335     0.0%
German Ale        Wyeast 1007     75.0%

1.039 OG
1.010 FG
4 IBU
3.8% ABV
4 SRM 

Sour mash for 2 days with plastic wrap on top of grains. Resting temp for most of that time was 90 to 95 degrees with beginning temp at 148. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Big Daddy PIPA (Pineapple IPA)

Yep, it has become a tradition! So from this point forward I will always make a Pineapple IPA at least once a year.
On this one I went back to my the first Pineapple IPA Babyface IPA
I adjusted the IBUs brought them up from 60 to 70 and lowered slightly the abv from 7.5 to  7.3%
I wanted to go verbatim to that recipe with a slight adjustment of hops but the local homebrew store was out of some of the hops I needed so I used others with a similar profile taste. I also added honey! YEP you read that right, i use to put honey in every beer i brewed, but I actually have not put honey in my brew since my Red Sunset Ale  where i added honey in the bottling instead of corn sugar.

Back to the original recipe, it  had two row, vienna, crystal 10, and cara-pils. color was 6 srm
This one has two row, cara-pils, crystal 40 and honey at the end of the boil. color is 10 srm.

This was brewed the day after my father-in-law's bday and rightfully so I named the brew after him, a beer he and his friends request quite often! My wife thinks the pineapple has come through very nicely on this one.. hopefully she wont drink it all!

Big Daddy PIPA


Style: American IPA
Type: All Grain
Calories: 236
Rating: 4.0
Boil Size: 6.09 Gal
IBU's: 69.59
Batch Size: 5.25 Gal
Color:   10.0 SRM  
Boil Time: 60 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.068



Estimated
Actual
Brew Date:
-
03/09/2014
OG:
1.072
1.070
FG:
1.019
1.014
ABV:
6.94 %
7.34 %
Efficiency:
75 %
72 %
Serve Date:
04/23/2014
/ /




Fermentation Steps
Name
Days / Temp
Estimated
Actual
Primary
7 days @ 68.0°F
03/09/2014
03/09/2014
Secondary
14 days @ 68.0°F
03/16/2014
03/25/2014
Bottle/Keg
14 days @ 68.0°F
04/08/2014
04/09/2014


Grains & Adjuncts
Amount
Percentage
Name
Time
Gravity
13.00 lbs
87.03 %
Briess 2-Row Pale Ale Malt
60 mins
1.037
0.50 lbs
3.35 %
Briess Carapils
60 mins
1.034
0.50 lbs
3.35 %
Honey
0 mins
1.035
15.00 ozs
6.28 %
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L
60 mins
1.034


Hops
Amount
IBU's
Name
Time
AA %
0.50 ozs
19.71
Citra
60 mins
14.10
0.50 ozs
15.94
Falconer's Flight
60 mins
11.40
0.50 ozs
12.19
Centennial
45 mins
9.50
0.50 ozs
15.15
Citra
30 mins
14.10
0.50 ozs
6.59
Centennial
15 mins
9.50
0.50 ozs
Falconer's Flight
14 days
11.40
1.00 ozs
Centennial
14 days
9.50


Yeasts
Amount
Name
Laboratory / ID
1.00 pkg
American Ale II
Wyeast Labs 1272
1.0 pkg
Ringwood Ale
Wyeast Labs 1187


Additions
Amount
Name
Time
Stage
2.00 each
Whole Pineapples
07 days
Secondary
8.00 oz
Honey
07 days
Secondary


Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion
75 min @ 150.0°F
 Add 18.05 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 166.7°F






Carbonation
Amount
Type
Beer Temp
CO2 Vols
2.44 oz
Corn Sugar - Bottle Carbonation
70.0°F
1.90

Monday, April 14, 2014

Warrior Ale

Whoa time flies! My baby boy turned 1 back in March and I swear he was just born yesterday! :) Every birthday for our oldest had a theme to it and obviously this one would get his too! His was a circus theme. My wife was able to find circus themed beer labels too!  We did the party at a local park, and were so blessed to have nice warm weather for it.
I decided that I had to make brew for the event, a one grain and one hop brew, I called it warrior ale after my son's name meaning fair warrior, I tried making a Scottish ale but being that it is one grain that was going to be difficult. I boiled a gallon of the first runnings till it was down to half and added it to the last 15 minutes of the boil boil. Here is the recipe 

Warrior Ale

Style: Strong Scotch Ale
Type: All GrainCalories: 268
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 6.14 Gal
IBU's: 24.79Batch Size: 5.25 Gal
Color:    7.7 SRM  Boil Time: 90 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.077

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-02/01/2014
OG:1.0831.083
FG:1.0141.014
ABV:9.04 %9.04 %
Efficiency:80 %80 %
Serve Date:03/08/2014/ /

Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 65.0°F02/01/201402/01/2014
Secondary11 days @ 65.0°F02/08/201402/11/2014
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 65.0°F02/22/201402/22/2014
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
16.50 lbs100.00 %Vienna Malt60 mins1.036
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
0.25 ozs10.74Warrior60 mins16.70
0.25 ozs8.26Warrior30 mins16.70
0.25 ozs5.33Warrior15 mins16.70
0.25 ozs0.46Warrior1 mins16.50
1.25 ozsWarrior14 days16.10
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
2.00 pkgScottish AleWyeast Labs 1728
Additions
AmountNameTimeStage
2.00 eachWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion75 min @ 152.0°F
 Add 20.62 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 169.0°F

Carbonation
AmountTypeBeer TempCO2 Vols
2.66 ozCorn Sugar - Bottle Carbonation65.0°F1.90
Notes
Strain off from first runnings - 1 gallon into small pot boil down to half, add to boil with 15 minutes left.
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