Posts Tagged ‘supplication’

cuvee de blanc, house IPA, blue palms

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

on saturday night AP and I headed out to blue palms brewhouse in hollywood as part of our ongoing mission to experience up-and-coming LA beer spots.

  • after ordering a whole spread from their menu, AP grabbed sudwerk’s marzen, while I picked up a pour of honesty ale, a kriek-style beer from one of my favorite local breweries, craftsman.  the beer had just enough tartness to grab my attention after knocking back some intense sours earlier that day (more on that below).
  • the food and service at blue palms was great, and the only regret I had was ordering up a pour of pliny the elder only to see poor man’s double IPA on cask a few minutes later.  damn!

with AP stuck working the entire weekend, I was left with no choice but to conduct an aggressive two-day brew session.  first up was cuvee de blanc, a dark sour/wild ale inspired by russian river’s supplication.

  • after reviewing some great threads on homebrewtalk concerning the style, I decided on the following for a 12-gallon batch:
    • 22.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 78.57 %
      3.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 10.71 %
      2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 7.14 %
      1.00 lb Carafa III (525.0 SRM) Grain 3.57 %
      4.00 oz Spalter [3.00 %] (60 min) Hops 15.9 IBU
  • my mash temp was 155F, and after an hour boil I ended up with an OG of 16.5 brix.  I pitched my sour mix/cascade apricot slurry from my earlier cuvee into which I had pitched dregs from supplication (very vinous, smooth sourness, excellent finish) as well as lost abbey’s framboise de amorosa (intensely sour with a deep raspberry aroma and aftertaste).  drinking those two was tough work, but ML and I were up to the challenge.
  • the slurry was going strong within 24 hours.  sour cherries may be added in the future, unless other plans solidify (dark sour solera?).

the next day my house IPA was in the lineup.

  • JW stopped by with his intrepid brewhand to check things out and brought some vintage homemade american schnapps (thanks again!).
  • this was the first time I knocked out 10 gallons of my IPA, using the following recipe:
    • 19.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 85.90 %
      1.00 lb Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 4.41 %
      1.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.41 %
      0.60 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.64 %
      0.60 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 2.64 %
      2.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (75 min) Hops 47.7 IBU
      2.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (55 min) Hops 44.6 IBU
      2.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (20 min) Hops 27.6 IBU
      2.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (10 min) Hops 10.0 IBU
      3.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops
      1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale
  • some inattention on my part resulted in a 45 min sparge and close to 11 gallons of wort, which yielded an OG of 15 brix, a few points south of the beer smith estimate (but still within style).  the 130 estimated IBUs will definitely turn some heads when this goes on tap in a few weeks.
  • I made close to a liter starter with an expired white labs WLP001 vial close to a week prior, which definitely got the yeast going but may have been too long before pitching, since there was a noticeable lag before the yeast took off (close to 48 hrs).

overall, I would say that knocking out close to 23 gallons makes for a successful brew weekend.  it’s a shame the two batches are likely going to be consumed a year apart…

weekend in review 02/27-02/28

Monday, March 1st, 2010

this last weekend was full of destinations, both old and new.

  • AP and I met up with NB and PB over at anchor and hope down in SOMA.  I remember beer and nosh reviewing this place a while back.
  • the food was good, and the beers were even better.  the jug shop developed the beer list, which was pretty deep and had some good choices.  the staff was friendly and pretty knowledgeable about their brews, especially one dude who was sent over after we picked up a bottle of allagash‘s curieux for the table.
  • we hit up a wide variety of beers – I started with drake’s 1500 on the hand pump and finished with a (very generous) pour of valley brewing’s old inventory barleywine.
  • the next day AP and I trekked up to santa rosa, where we made an obligatory stop at russian river brewing for overflowing pours of temptation, consecration, and supplication.
  • another mandatory destination was the bottle barn, where we scored more than a few good brews at great prices.  why pay $25 for a russian river bomber at the brewpub when you can get em here for $18.99?  I love that place.
  • after checking out a lackluster chinese new year parade in chinatown with AF, we all rolled over to rogue for a nightcap – I chose a pint of john john, which was pretty great and will be reviewed in the future once I crack open a bomber of it for a second opinion.

the jug shop russian river night

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

the russian river lineup

last friday AP and I met up with CB and TB over at the jug shop for their russian river night.

  • I had never been to the jug shop before, despite positive reviews from CB.  I had no idea how large it was!
  • I also didn’t expect such an eclectic selection of brews on the shelves – there were many I had never seen before, and some that had disappeared from other spots in the city long ago (atlantic IPA anyone?).  I was impressed.
  • as for the tasting lineup, favorites such as consecration (batches 1-3), temptation (batch 4×3), and my personal favorite, beatification (batch 2), were poured, along with supplication (batch 4×3), damnation (batch 54)/batch 23, and salvation (batches 5 and 9).  oh yeah, and some blind pig and pliny as well.  it was killer.
  • the tasting area was thoroughly packed, so we just ended up tasting the offerings while hanging out in the aisles, where there was plenty of room.  the crowd was jovial and relaxed, and it never took more than a minute to get a pour (thanks AP!).  I liked how the staff announced each new brew as it was popped and made sure everyone had their fill before moving on.
  • although the selection wasn’t as thorough as, say, toronado’s russian river night, the small, fun crowd and great price ($25!) made this event a winner.  plus, any more brews in the lineup probably would have buried me for the night.

artsy fartsy

the crowd

one of the many rounds