Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Batch 26: C'est San and Batch 27: Brown Sugar, How Come You Taste So Good

Well I made up two batches this week.  I straight up stole a saison recipe from a coworker, swapped out the hops for my EXP 6300's hoping that they give a nice flavor to it and used the dry Belle Saison yeast from Danstar.  I haven't tried that yeast yet so it should be fun, and actually this is my first saison.  I already have a couple more in the works so thats nice.  I was a little high on my gravity (OG of 18Plato), hopefully that isn't too bad, but I did mash at 151F so it should attenuate out. 

I also mixed up the second gallon of apple cider.  For this one I just added 8oz of light brown sugar.  Both are going crazy in the fermenter and looking good.

Side note: not really sure why I am still posting here.  I see hits and that's cool.  I hope that I am helping someone out, but I think I am just using it mostly as a (poor) back up of brewing notes.  Oh well, if you are reading see you in a couple of days.  Bottling the dark chocolate stout and brewing the scottish 60/- again.


Recipe for C'est San:

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Batch 26: Cranberry Cider

I haven't really had too much time to do anything recently, but I did pick up a couple gallons of apple juice today to make up some cider to help with the hot summer coming up.  Went simple with 1 gallon of juice, 8oz of dried cranberries and some nutrient.  Even this post is quick and dirty, but my to brew list keeps growing and I am out of space/time/money/etc so I'm scraping by and doing what I can.  Should be brewing this weekend.  Probably going to do another cider along with an American Wheat using my EXP 6300 hops since they didn't go too well in the IPA, maybe this will work.

Until next time, Cheers.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bottling Tomorrow

I spent tonight cleaning out some really old, neglected bottles in preparation to bottle soon.  I have my Bumble Bee IIPA braggot that needs to be bottled along with the dark chocolate stout.  It is also about time to bottle one of the berliner weiss's and fruit the other.  All the time thats going on I am going to brew a porter to throw on the berliner cake, a flanders red for 5 gallons of soury goodness in a couple years, a scottish, a lawnmower beer, and a triple IPA (just because I can).

Lots to do, slowed down this week to prepare.  Look out for lots of brews to come.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Batch 23: Dark Chocolate Stout and Batch 24: 15 Minute IPA

Batch 23: Dark Chocolate Stout
Well I've been busy again.  Sunday I brewed up an Imperial Stout using some dark chocolate malt.  First time using this one.  It is basically a 420 lovibond chocolate malt as opposed to the normal 350.  I went a little big on this one at 19.5Plato for my OG, but I think that this will age well too so I'll have to hide a few bottles from myself until next year.  I also threw a decent amount of cascade and centennial at this and was reminded how much I love centennial hops in a stout.  The smell put the biggest smile on my face as I tossed them in.
I also bottled up Ignorance and Smoked Porter while brewing.  The pipeline is always moving around here.

Batch 24: 15 Minute IPA
I did brew today, but was feeling a little lazy and wanted to kill off some of the hops in my freezer so I went for a quick brew.  All extract, no steeping grains, 15 minute boil, and insane amounts of hops.  I went with one pound of sparkling amber extract and one pound of pilsen light.  Once boiling I threw in 1/4oz of each cascade and centennial (can you tell which hops I buy in bulk?) every 3 minutes until flameout.  All in all, 3 oz of hops went into 1.25 gallons of wort, in 15 minutes.  77 IBUs calculated, but we'll see what actually comes out of this.  I am just hoping for a fun thing to talk about with people while pouring it.

The Bumble Bee will be racked to secondary with dry hops this weekend and I will be thinking about whats next in line to brew.  Thinking something light to drink as it warms up.  Also will be bottling one of the berliner weiss's soon and adding fruit to the other.  Just have to decide on the fruit.

Until next time, Cheers!