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 eachJalapeƱo07 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


 



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