Tuesday, July 25, 2017

King of the Hill - Double IPA

LONG TIME NO BREW...

So the last time I posted a blog about one of my brews was way back on April of 2016. From that time till now, we sold our old home and locked into building a new home,and it took till June 2017 to finally close and move into our new home. It was long process, but well worth the wait.

One feature I got them to add to the home, that all home brewers will love... a gas line! I got two actually one for the grill on the back and one in the garage. I have yet to convert the burner to natural gas, but I hope to do that soon, but I did get to brew my first beer.

Every year around this time, I usually brew an IPA, but this year marks a special occasion for me.

TEN yes 10 glorious years have passed when I first tried my hand at home brewing. It was a brown ale and I was totally confused about everything I was doing.  But wait when am I not ? Back then it wasn't great but it was most importantly ---  ­čŹ║ drinkable, or like "some" people say quaffable.

I have learned a lot during the process... like don't try to pore a glass carboy full of pink beer into a bottling bucket.. BOOM... or the day I got 2nd degree burns on my hand because of boil over, or the day I tried adding spices and added chicken lemon pepper... (anybody want to drink soap?). I learn things by trial and error, mostly error but when I get it right... man is it good. I like to think there is less error now a days, but as soon as I believe that I am doomed to repeat it.

So in honor of being in a new home, and being a home brewer now for 10 years. I decided to brew a 10 gallon batch of beer. 5 gallons of it is a Double IPA at 10%  abv and 100 IBUs, and the other 5 gallons a pale ale at 5% abv and 50 IBUs. I have a ton of hops in this brew like Citra, Moteka... etc I could bore you to tears on all the details which I will... soon... but for  now go out enjoy some beer with friends and family.

Oh and don't forget for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY make sure that delicious brew is brewed as local as local can be... aka come on over and have a few... because I'm a home brewer and ibrw4u.

Cheers y'all!




Mashing time!


Boiling


double IPA


pale ale


pineapple and hops in the secondary


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hopclosure - Pineapple IPA

Ok so now this is the most current beer I am doing now, as I type this it will be transferred to the secondary with one can of pineapple juice added, and 4 ozs of Citra and Rakau hops. That will rest for a week then I will bottle it and should be ready to drink two weeks later! So mark your calendar this is the beer everyone asks me to make, so you betta be free around April 23rd!

Hopclosure

Style: Imperial IPA
Type: All GrainCalories: 249.51
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 6.66 Gals
IBU's: 91.31Batch Size: 5.00 Gals
Color:    8.6 SRM  Boil Time: 75 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.059

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-03/26/2016
OG:1.0761.079
FG:1.019-
ABV:7.50 %10.29 %
Efficiency:70.00 %81.27 %
Carbs:17-0
Serve Date:04/23/2016-
 
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
10.45 lbs69.90 %Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt60 mins1.037
2.00 lbs13.38 %Bairds Vienna60 mins1.035
1.00 lbs6.69 %Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L60 mins1.035
1.00 lbs6.69 %Honey Malt60 mins1.037
8.00 ozs3.34 %Light Dry Extract60 mins1.044
 
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
1.00 ozs40.54Citra60 mins12.70
1.00 ozs40.54Citra60 mins12.70
0.75 ozs6.25Motueka10 mins7.20
1.00 ozs1.21Amarillo Gold1 mins8.80
0.25 ozs2.77Motueka15 mins7.00
2.00 ozs0.00Citra7 days14.10
2.00 ozs0.00R a k a u 7 days10.80
 
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
2 act pkgsAmerican AleWyeast Labs 1056
 
Additions
AmountNameTimeStage
46.00 ozPineapple Juice7 daysSecondary
 
Mash Profile
Profile Name: All Grain Profile 1
 
Grain Temp: 70.00 °FMash Tun Vol Loss: 0.75 Gals
Grain Absorption: 0.13 Gals/lbTun Temp Loss: 4.50 °F
Cooling Shrinkage: 4.00 %Kettle Trub Loss: 0.75 Gals
Hourly Boiloff: 9.00 %
 
     Mash Steps:
Infusion60 min@152.0°F
  Add 19.22 qts water @ 168.8°F
Batch Sparge
  Sparge 17.95 qts water @ 170.00 °F
 
Water Profile
(none)

 
Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 68.0°F03/26/201603/26/2016
Secondary7 days @ 68.0°F04/02/2016-
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 68.0°F04/09/2016-
 
Carbonation
Bottle Carbonation
Desired Vol of CO2:2.00 Vols
Beer Temperature:68.00 °F
Residual CO2 in Beer:0.86
Corn Sugar Required:3.06 ozs
 



Cranky Pants - Old Ale

Been too long but don't worry I am still brewing, this beer I brewed back in January. I wanted to make something that was a little different - shocker right?! So my boys were being cranky one day and I came up with the name and thought an old ale would be good. But what would make it cranky?!  How about some cranberry juice in the secondary with a zest from one orange. Boom it came out tart but not crazy. I think this beer will age nicely!!

Cranky Pants 

Style: Old Ale
Type: All GrainCalories: 318.99
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 5.00 Gals
IBU's: 36.66Batch Size: 5.00 Gals
Color:   23.8 SRM  Boil Time: 75 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.097

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-01/16/2016
OG:1.0971.096
FG:1.0291.015
ABV:8.88 %10.67 %
Efficiency:75.00 %74.68 %
Carbs:2614
Serve Date:02/26/2016-
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
15.00 lbs81.63 %Bairds Maris Otter60 mins1.035
6.00 ozs2.04 %Black (Patent) Malt60 mins1.025
2.50 lbs13.61 %Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L60 mins1.035
8.00 ozs2.72 %Candi Sugar, Clear60 mins1.036
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
0.60 ozs22.18Columbus 75 mins15.60
2.00 ozs14.48Amarillo10 mins8.80
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
1 act pkgsWhitbread AleWyeast Labs 1099
Additions
(none)
Mash Profile
(none)
Water Profile
(none)

Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 66.0°F01/16/201601/16/2016
Secondary14 days @ 66.0°F01/23/201601/29/2016
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 66.0°F02/12/2016-
Carbonation
Bottle Carbonation
Desired Vol of CO2:2.00 Vols
Beer Temperature:66.00 °F
Residual CO2 in Beer:0.89
Corn Sugar Required:2.92 ozs



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Jacked-Up Brown

Research says the only thing someone could not give up is coffee. They could though give up alcohol or sex. So to try and keep people wanting more I brewed this brown ale with coffee ... It has a nice hazelnut flavor. First brown ale since my Devil's Nectar and no it was not a 16% abv! Haha more like 8 or 9% . Anyways here is that  recipe -

Jacked-Up Brown

Style: American Brown Ale
Type: All GrainCalories: 244.50
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 5.25 Gals
IBU's: 33.12Batch Size: 5.25 Gals
Color:   18.1 SRM  Boil Time: 60 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.075

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-08/02/2015
OG:1.0751.070
FG:1.0191.019
ABV:7.35 %6.65 %
Efficiency:70.00 %65.29 %
Carbs:1717
Serve Date:08/31/2015-
 
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
12.00 lbs77.23 %Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt60 mins1.037
1.12 lbs7.24 %Victory Malt60 mins1.034
1.12 lbs7.24 %Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L60 mins1.034
1.12 lbs7.24 %Dingemans Biscuit60 mins1.032
2.60 ozs1.05 %Chocolate Malt60 mins1.028
 
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
0.75 ozs16.79Amarillo Gold60 mins8.50
0.60 ozs10.32Amarillo Gold30 mins8.50
0.60 ozs4.87Amarillo Gold10 mins8.50
0.60 ozs1.14Amarillo Gold2 mins8.50
 
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
2 act pkgsAmerican AleWyeast Labs 1056
 
Additions
AmountNameTimeStage
0.25 galCoffee brewed - hazelnut double strength 0 minsBoil
 
Mash Profile
(none)
 
Water Profile
(none)

 
Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 72.0°F08/02/201508/02/2015
Secondary7 days @ 72.0°F08/09/201508/09/2015
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 72.0°F08/16/201508/17/2015
 
Carbonation
Bottle Carbonation
Desired Vol of CO2:2.00 Vols
Beer Temperature:72.00 °F
Residual CO2 in Beer:0.81
Table Sugar Required:3.19 ozs
 
Notes
(none)





Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kiwi West

Sometimes my ideas fall a bit short, but I will not let my imagination be hindered by failures. This one I call Kiwi West was a cheap way to brew a beer with Kiwi without using actual kiwi. Yeah I have made this kind of mistake before but the failure though was not I believe using kiwi strawberry flavoring but also using kool-aide strawberry kiwi mix. Yeah I know - what were you thinking Ben!! Well the resulting beer came out super sweet. It would probably be good mixed with lemonade or something like that aka Shandy but by itself not so much.
Anyways here is the receipe -

Kiwi West

Style: American IPA
Type: All GrainCalories: 183.37
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 7.00 Gals
IBU's: 74.11Batch Size: 5.25 Gals
Color:    4.5 SRM  Boil Time: 75 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.042

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-05/31/2015
OG:1.0561.053
FG:1.0141.010
ABV:5.51 %5.58 %
Efficiency:70.00 %65.63 %
Carbs:139
Serve Date:06/24/2015-
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
6.25 lbs54.35 %Pilsner (2 Row) Bel60 mins1.036
4.00 lbs34.78 %White Wheat Malt60 mins1.040
1.00 lbs8.70 %Acid Malt60 mins1.027
4.00 ozs2.17 %Briess Rye Malt60 mins1.035
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
1.00 ozs31.10Amarillo Gold60 mins8.80
0.50 ozs14.28Amarillo Gold45 mins8.80
0.50 ozs11.95Amarillo Gold30 mins8.80
1.00 ozs15.44Amarillo Gold15 mins8.80
1.00 ozs1.34Amarillo Gold1 mins8.80
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
1 act pkgsBerliner-Weisse BlendWyeast Labs 3191
Additions
AmountNameTimeStage
19.00 ozStrawberry Kiwi - kool-aid powder 5 minsBoil
2.00 ozKiwi/Strawberry dasani 60 minsBottling
Mash Profile
(none)
Water Profile
(none)

Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 68.0°F05/31/201505/31/2015
Secondary2 days @ 71.0°F06/07/201506/07/2015
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 72.0°F06/09/201506/10/2015
Carbonation
Bottle Carbonation
Desired Vol of CO2:1.90 Vols
Beer Temperature:71.00 °F
Residual CO2 in Beer:0.82
Corn Sugar Required:2.90 ozs
Notes
(none)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bat Cave IPA 2.0 & Haus On Fire

I have brewed a black ipa before at least on this blog it shows I did but I have no memory of what it looked like, how it tasted or anything of the sort. I'm sure there is a reason for it but alas. So I decided to brew it again and this time with my younger brother. He is just getting into home brewing and him and his wife came over to see how to do all grain. I think he had a great time, I know i sure did! 

We decided to make a 10 gallon batch, and the grain bill for this was probably one of the highest I have ever done, around 30 lbs! I am glad he was there to help me lift the pot, not sure I would have be able to do it on my own with out some serious spillage of hot nearly boiling 10 gallons of water! 

The process went pretty smoothly though I forgot to put yeast nutrient and clarifying agent in the brew.  Neither of which is a deal breaker since 3 days before I made pretty big yeast starter for this, around 2 gallons, and since this is black IPA it is pretty pointless to have a clarifying agent like Irish moss. 

Below is the recipe, Right now the 10 gallon batch is split into two different fermenters, and i will be dry hoping one and adding 2 jalapenos to the other (that one is called  Haus on Fire, a name dedicated to a great former co-worker of which I promise my next beer would be named after her). 

Bat Cave IPA/Haus on Fire

Style: Imperial IPAOG: 1.076
Type: All GrainFG: 1.019
Rating: 0.0ABV: 7.47 %
Calories: 248IBU's: 86.42
Efficiency: 70 %Boil Size: 11.06 Gal
Color:   33.3 SRM  Batch Size: 10.00 Gal
Preboil OG: 1.072Boil Time: 75 minutes

 
Fermentation Steps
NameDays / Temp
(none)
 
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
24.00 ozs4.96 %Briess White Malt Wheat60 mins1.039
1.00 lbs3.31 %Briess 2-Row Caramel 40L60 mins1.034
24.00 lbs79.34 %Pale Malt, Maris Otter60 mins1.038
36.00 ozs7.44 %Joe White Light Munich60 mins1.038
24.00 ozs4.96 %Weyermann Carafa III60 mins1.036
 
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
0.40 ozs8.82Columbus (Tomahawk)First Wort15.60
0.25 ozs4.87SimcoeFirst Wort13.80
0.75 ozs14.62Simcoe60 mins13.80
1.00 ozs17.95Magnum60 mins12.70
1.25 ozs11.95Amarillo Gold30 mins8.80
1.00 ozs4.98Cascade15 mins7.10
1.00 ozs0.85Cascade2 mins7.10
1.00 ozs0.00Cascade0 mins7.10
3.00 ozsAmarillo Gold7 days8.80
0.90 ozs21.01Apollo45 mins18.00
 
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
6.00 pkgAmerican AleWyeast Labs 1056
 
Additions
AmountNameTimeStage
0.50 tspYeast Nutrient15 minsBoil
0.50 tspIrish Moss15 minsBoil
2.00 eachJalape├▒o07 daysSecondary
 
Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion75 min @ 152.0°F
 Add 40.23 qt ( 1.33 qt/lb ) water @ 168.2°F

 
Carbonation
AmountTypeBeer TempCO2 Vols
5.74 ozCorn Sugar - Bottle Carbonation70.0°F1.90

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gangs of Apex - Big & Small

I am seriously falling behind. Back in early Feb I brewed two different beers like did the White Rain brew (Parti-gyle). What is this? Well the short of it is you take the first running of a mash and make a beer with that, then the second running you make a beer with that. The First running is a higher abv brew and the second runnings is a lower abv and lighter in color too.

So to brew a birthday beer for me and a birthday beer for my 2 yr old son I did this. The low abv brew was his called Small and the higher abv is called Big. The small beer style I was aiming for was an ESB, and the higher one a Barleywine. Below are the recipes for both.

Gangs of Apex - Big

Style: English Barleywine
Type: All GrainCalories: 268
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 4.79 Gal
IBU's: 30.05Batch Size: 4.00 Gal
Color:   21.2 SRM  Boil Time: 60 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.143

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-02/06/2015
OG:1.0831.083
FG:1.0141.014
ABV:9.04 %9.04 %
Efficiency:70 %38 %
Serve Date:03/08/201503/08/2015

 
Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 68.0°F02/06/201502/06/2015
Secondary7 days @ 68.0°F02/13/201502/08/2015
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 68.0°F02/15/201502/22/2015
 
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
24.00 lbs92.31 %Pale Malt, Maris Otter60 mins1.038
2.00 lbs7.69 %Briess 2-Row Caramel 60L60 mins1.034
 
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
1.00 ozs17.74Target60 mins9.50
1.00 ozs7.90Goldings, East Kent30 mins5.50
0.50 ozs4.40Target15 mins9.50
0.25 ozsTarget7 days9.50
1.00 ozsGoldings, East Kent7 days5.50
 
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
1.0 pkgLondon AleWyeast Labs 1028
 
Additions
(none)
 
Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion60 min @ 151.0°F
 Add 32.50 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 167.8°F

 

Gangs of Apex - Small

Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter
Type: All GrainCalories: 157
Rating: 0.0Boil Size: 4.79 Gal
IBU's: 30.07Batch Size: 4.00 Gal
Color:   21.2 SRM  Boil Time: 60 minutes
Preboil OG: 1.143

EstimatedActual
Brew Date:-02/06/2015
OG:1.0481.041
FG:1.0121.006
ABV:4.72 %4.58 %
Efficiency:70 %18 %
Serve Date:03/08/201503/08/2015

 
Fermentation Steps
NameDays / TempEstimatedActual
Primary7 days @ 68.0°F02/06/201502/06/2015
Secondary7 days @ 68.0°F02/13/201502/13/2015
Bottle/Keg14 days @ 68.0°F02/20/201502/22/2015
 
Grains & Adjuncts
AmountPercentageNameTimeGravity
24.00 lbs92.31 %Pale Malt, Maris Otter60 mins1.038
2.00 lbs7.69 %Briess 2-Row Caramel 60L60 mins1.034
 
Hops
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
1.00 ozs17.76Target60 mins9.50
1.00 ozs7.90Goldings, East Kent30 mins5.50
0.50 ozs4.41Target15 mins9.50
0.25 ozsTarget7 days9.50
1.00 ozsGoldings, East Kent7 days5.50
 
Yeasts
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
1.0 pkgLondon AleWyeast Labs 1028
 
Additions
(none)
 
Mash Profile

Light Body Infusion60 min @ 151.0°F
 Add 32.50 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 167.8°F