Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Creepy Crawler IIPA

OG: should be 1.086 :)
FG: should be 1.017
IBU: 99.07 (holy cow)
ABV: 9.1%

10 lbs. 2-Row Pilsner
2 lbs. Rye Malt
2 lbs. Vienna
12 oz. Crystal 60L
8 oz. Flaked Barley
2 pounds LME to raise the gravity

2 oz Tettnanger @60 min
1 oz Citra @ 45 min
1 oz Perle @ 30 min
1 oz Brewers Gold @ 20 min
1 oz Saaz @ 15min
1 oz Amarillo @ 5
1 oz Chinook Dry Hopped


Whirlfloc tablet @ 15 min
Yeast Nutrient @ 15 min

3.75 gal for 70ish minutes
1.00 gal for grain absorption for 15ish minutes
3.00 gal sparge

5-22-2010: were drinking whilst brewing and we wanted to make this a high gravity IPA with a ton of hops, so we threw in some LME I had in the cupboard as well as tossed in all the extra hops I had left from different beers I've made. The only thing is...there was...uh....sort of....a crap load of ants that had died eating the LME. We boiled the hell out of them and figured it'd be okay (see first point that we were drinking).
We'll see how it turns out :)

5-23-2010: Already fermenting
5-28-2010: I am continually blown away at this dry yeast; It's just a trooper, keeps plugging away. I'm gonna let this sit for a while as I have 13 drinkable gallons of beer right now and only 3 corny kegs.
6-13-2010: Kegged. FG 1.018ish, perfect. Tasted the sample, man! this is a hoppy beer. It'll stay under pressure for a while until a spot in the fridge opens up. No ant carcasses in sample :)
7-3-2010: OH MY. This stuff ain't mess'n around. Really hoppy and strong. Not quite carbed up yet, but I'm really happy with it.
7-9-2010: Dude. I just had two pints of the Creepy Crawler. Three words: Yummy, Hoppy, and Tipsy.

Sally Hayes Summer Rye

Poorhouse Brewing personal creation!
Tag line: A sweet, sassy, and slightly phony little beer that's great to take to see the Lunts or neck with in a cab.

OG: 1.051
FG: 1.009
IBU: 29.5
ABV: 5.5%

7 lbs. 2-Row Malt
2 lbs. Rye Malt
1 lbs. White Wheat Malt
0.35 Flaked Corn (Maize)

0.5 oz Citra @ 60
0.5 ox Citra @ 5
(First time using these, I had a taste of an IPA with these and loved them...I'm kinda excited)

WYeast American Ale 1056

Whirlfloc Tablet @ 15ish
Yeast Nutrient @ 15ish

2.58 gal water for 60ish minutes
1.oo gal water for grain absorption for 15ish minutes
take first runnings
3.00 gal sparge
take second runnings

5-23-2010: Everything went as planned. John came over and we brewed twice in just over 6 hours.
5-27-2010: Well, that was weird. I was certain fermentation hadn't started yet due to the lack of bubbling, but I took a reading and it's at 1.008. I guess it's finished. Now all I have to do is drink the rest of the Dead Guy and I can keg it! Color is super light and the sample was pretty good.
6-19-2010: I don't know why, but my beers have been taking forever to carb up; oh well. The Sally Hayes is a nice, light tasting rye with a soft mouthfeel and a clean finish. I'm a tad disappointed in the citra hops, in that I didn't get the nice floral aroma I was after.The rye adds a small jab to the glans durring finish. It's good, but next time I'll bump up the wheat and double the citra. Good beer overall.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The 2010 crop is growing like--well, a weed vine. They've dwarfed any of The Wife's plants and are have out grown the little bamboo sticks they came with!