Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pale Ale Critique

Review of the Oaked Pale Ale I made 12 days ago. Never posted a recipe but I'll get to that later:

Pours a very nice amber color. Very clear for a dryhopped Oaked brew that I didn't filter. Thin white head and nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Tons of citrus and green hops. Could probably wait a bit longer to get rid of that green aroma but it smells awesome regardless. Could use more oak aroma.

Taste is very similar. Very nice citrus hop flavor, nice malt with a slight touch of sweetness and a nice hop bite. It could use more oak because if I didn't know it was there I don't know if I would pick it out. Tastes slightly green but it's so tasty I don't know if it matters.

Mouthfeel is that nice smooth pale ale feel like a Sierra Nevada. Could use a bit more carb so a couple more days of that would be good.

Overall this is actually one of the best pale ales I've ever had. Let alone brewed myself. Pretty proud of this beer. Brew it up yourself when I post the recipe. It's a good one. Next time I brew it I think I would only add more oak to give it more oakyness. Maybe give it a bit more time to get rid of some of the green. But it's very good for only 12 days old. Gunna brew up a 10 gal next week because this is gunna be gone quick.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

200th Follower!!!

I decided today that my 200th follower on twitter will get a couple bottles of my Homebrew. I'll shoot you a private message and respond with your address and I'll send off the beer. Every 100 followers from then on will get the same for a while. If I start gettin way to many followers than I'll have to change it but I doubt that will happen. You also have to agree to give me a beer advocate style critique of my beer so I can see what others think. You will also need to send me proof that you are 21. Don't want underage peeps getting ahold of my beer. Last I can only really afford to ship to the continental 48. Sorry International and Hawaii/Alaska peeps.

Tweet me what you think about it. Is this corny? Am I just whoreing myself out? I just want others to try my beer really.

Thanks guys


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mango and American Hefeweizen

Brewed up a batch today. I've been really in to it lately. Been just thinking of ideas and have really been into learning everything about beer. Any way on to the recipe:

10 Gal Batch
Batch Sparge
Mash in @ 153 (target was 152)

12 Lbs 2 Row
12 Lbs Wheat Malt

1 oz Cascade @ 60min
2 oz Cascade @ 10min

WLP 320 American Hefe Yeast

5 gallons is going to be racked on some mango to make a mango hefe and the other 5 is just going to be straight up hefe

I broke my march pump today. Broke the threads right off. I was sooo pissed. But I found out I can replace the housing for $30. So not that bad. Had a bit of a stuck sparge but not that bad. Just slow. So not a bad brew day if you don't count the pump. I'm actually going to brew tomorrow with my roommate. Gunna do a pale ale. Straight forward. I'll post again tomorrow.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Brew Day - Imperial Porter

Brewin up an Imperial Porter today to celebrate National Beer Day that commemorates the day the 21st amendment was added to the constitution repealing the prohibition. Been a while since I blogged but it's a bit easier from my phone. It's comin to a boil right now. Here's the recipe:

13 lbs 2 Row
2 lbs Pale Chocolate
2.5 lbs Munich
.5 lb crystal 40
1 lb crystal 120
1 lb crystal 60
.5 lb biscuit

Couldn't find the brown malt so that's what the biscuit and some crystal 60 is for.

1oz Magnum hops @ 60min
.5 oz of EKG @ 10

Mash at 154. Ferment with pacific ale yeast.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Honey DIPA Re-Do

Well I decided I needed to re-do the honey DIPA i did a month or so ago because the hops didnt quite mingle. It was tastin good in the beggining but the hop profile was just not working. Here is the recipe:

Type: All Grain
OG: 1.089
Batch Size: 5.5gal

14lbs Two-Row (73.68%)
2lbs Honey Malt (10.03%)
2lbs Honey (10.03%)
1lb Cara-Foam (5.26%)

1oz Cascade First Wort Hop
1oz Summett @60min
1oz Centennial @20min
1oz Cascade @20 min
1oz Cascade @5min
1oz Summett @5min
1oz Centennial @5min

2oz Summett & Cascade Dry Hop

Mash @ 154F
Sparge@ 170F

I mashed High because of 2 reasons. 1, there is 2 lbs of honey to dry it out and honey malt is pretty sweet. 2, I used Wyeast Imperial Blend from the last private collection that is suppose to give 80%+ attenuation so I wanted some maltiness present. We will see how it turnes out but I know hops are going to be awesome. Lots of grapefruit/pineyness and then great tangerene from the Summett. Its gunna be tasty.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Brewed a nice light wit beer yesterday with losts of orange peel for an awesome aroma. Here is the recipe.

Batch Size: 5 gal
Boil Time: 60min
Efficiency: 73%
OG: 1.048

5lbs Wheat (55.5%)
3lbs Golden Promice (33.3%)
1lb Flaked Oats

.5 oz Peril @ 60 Min
10z Sazz @ 30 min
10z dried bitter orange peel @ 5 min
1oz dried sweet orange peel @ 5min
zest of 3 fresh oranges peeled with potato peeler @ 5 min
1oz corriander @ 5 min

Double Infusion mash:
Protien rest @122F for 30 min
Saccrification Rest @ 144F for 30 min
Mash out @ 168 for 10 min
Sparge at 170F

Pitched a 2L starter that had 1.5 cups of DME in it.

I decided to start using buckets instead of glass so I can skim off the top and save yeast which is the best way to do it. Im going to skim off in a min and will post the procedure soon. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brew Day Today

Brewed up my saison/brett C batch today. Did a 10 gallon batch split into 2 6 gallon carboys. One carboy had a 2L starter pitched in it and the other had a pack of Wyeast Brettanomyces Clausseni pitched in it. OG was under shot (because I got about an extra gallon, must have calculated wrong) by 2 points. 1.055. Should have been 1.057 but 2 points isn't a huge deal. The mash started at 151 and went down about 2 degrees in 60min. This should be super tasty. A super light dry saison for the summer and a nice beer with pineapple and tropical fruit tartness in about 8 months. Cant wait.

I recommend that anyone considering jumping into all grain, start off with equipment big enough to do 10 gallon batches. You can do 2 different beers like I did today or have a bunch more beer in the same amount of time. Plus you will want to upgrade later anyway.

In the picture I ended up jerry riggin up a 3 tier system with 2 coolers I had laying around. I need to build a sparge arm so I can fly sparge. I just slowly poured the water from the top cooler to the bottom one though.