Friday, March 19, 2010

Bourbon Barrel Robust Porter

atch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.008
IBU: 26.8
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 24.7
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Recipe: Bourbon Barrel Robust Porter
Style: Wood Aged Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 6.82 gal
Estimated OG: 1.060 SG
Estimated Color: 24.7 SRM
Estimated IBU: 26.8 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item Type % or IBU
8.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 69.57 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 8.70 %
1.00 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 8.70 %
1.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 8.70 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 2.17 %
0.25 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 2.17 %
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 15.2 IBU
1.00 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] (30 min) Hops 11.7 IBU
1.00 oz Oak Chips (Secondary 7.0 days) Misc
4.00 oz Bourbon (Primary 3.0 weeks) Misc
1 WYEAST Package Brit Ale
1 WYEAST Package Brit Ale II

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 11.50 lb
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 14.38 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F

3/19/10: Chad came over to help :) All went well.
Soak the chips in the bourbon (Makers Mark) for two weeks and dry hop in keg.
3/22/10: Fermentation hasn't started yet...I might stop using the "dead" yeast. It might save a couple bucks, but I hate waiting.
3/23/10: Patience paid off yet again. Fermentation started last night and it's going fine
3/31/10: Kegged. Didn't hit the FG i wanted, but that has been happening a lot lately.
4/3/10: Tried it, not too good...but I've said that every time I've tried my beer flat.
4/4/10: Blaaahhh! This beer was NOT good. I'm not sure if it was the recipe or the yeast. I hit all my temps and did everything right. Oh well :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hops crop 2010

Oh baby!
The plan is to fresh hop all the beer I make at the end of the year--I'd really rather not have to dry the hops I harvest.