Posts Tagged ‘homebrewing’

kolsch redux, homebrewer workshop

Friday, February 11th, 2011

last weekend I threw together a variation of my kolsch and had a new homebrewer, BB, over to help out with his first batch.

  • I recommended williams’ kolsch as a first-time brew due to its straightforward recipe and my luck brewing it in the past.
  • as for my all-grain version, I changed up my standard recipe to knock out some of my hop stock:
  • 0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 2.56 %
    14.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 71.79 %
    5.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 25.64 %
    ~1.00 oz each
    HG Chinook, Columbus [?.00 %] (60 min) Hops 25.8 IBU
    ~1.00 oz each
    EKG, Saaz [X.00 %] (15 min) Hops 3.6 IBU
    1.00 oz Fuggle[X.00 %] (5 min) Hops 1.4 IBU
  • my brew setup must have been jinxed, because despite adding a healthy dose of rice hulls my mash got stuck again.  I swapped my false bottom (which I think is just too small for my mash tun) for a stainless braid, which I will keep in there for the time being while I ponder a suitable replacement (a jaybird custom false bottom? a reinforced braid setup?).
  • I also found some time to keg the eventful batch of hybrid stout while waiting for my wort to cool.
  • BB’s brew was smooth sailing as well, albeit with a few hiccups (a last-minute hop substitution and tossing the hops in his better bottle).  I got an excited phone message the next night describing the miracle of fermentation and a vigorously bubbling airlock.
  • I wish I could say the same for my batch.  my starter smelled buttery/malty, and after two days no activity was evident.
  • luckily I had a couple of packets of dry yeast (safale US-05 and S-04) that I tossed into each keg, which kicked off fermentation in a matter of hours.  I was more than a little bummed about the forced style change though…

house IPA revisited; homebrew developments

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

last saturday I decided to brew an all-grain version of my partial mash IPA, which is currently in the process of being tweaked to become my house IPA.

  • I loved the partial mash recipe above since it produced a strong citrusy/floral hop aroma and remained well-balanced even after the hop nose faded a bit over time.
  • ideally, however, this beer should be consumed early.  I plan on a week for primary fermentation, a week of dry hopping, and a week for secondary fermentation in the keg before lagering and serving.
  • the malt bill was very similar to my partial mash recipe, and the hop additions were identical:
    • 5.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 44.05 %
      4.75 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 41.85 %
      0.50 lb Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 4.41 %
      0.50 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.41 %
      0.30 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.64 %
      0.30 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 2.64 %
      1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (75 min) Hops 49.5 IBU
      1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (55 min) Hops 46.3 IBU
      1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (20 min) Hops 28.7 IBU
      1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (10 min) Hops 10.4 IBU
      1.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops –
      1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale
  • I struggled a little with my mash temps (I still have to iron out some kinks), but I ended up with an OG of 1.067, which was in line with my beersmith profile.
  • I mimicked the impromptu 75 minute boil I ended up with last time, which will hopefully give me similar results.  the profile suggests 135 IBUs, which sounds a little fishy to me, but this brew will definitely pack a punch.
  • luckily, my starter was ready to kick some ass when I pitched it with a shot of O2, and fermentation got off to a vigorous start.
  • in other brew news, most of the hops are doing well, but my cascades are going nuts. the vine has bolted up past the second story of the house, and cones are popping up everywhere.  I am looking forward to some great fresh hop beers in the near future…
  • I also got lucky and scored some 15 gal. plastic barrels from a guy on ebay for $12.50 a pop.  these guys just squeeze into my old kegerator-turned-fermentation fridge, and will be perfect for 10-12 gal. batches (soon to come – stay tuned).