Saturday, August 28, 2010

Last Red Cent

I've been wanting to make a red ale for a while (since I had the Ninkasi Double Red). it is.


9 lbs Pale Ale
2 lbs Munich
.5 lbs Crystal 120L
.5 lbs Crystal 40L
.5 lbs Crystal 30L
.21 lbs English Chocolate

1 oz Northern Brewer @ 60
.5 oz Northern Brewer @ 30
.5 oz Northern Brewer @5

Yeast Nutrient @ 15
Whirlfloc @ 15
1 lb Corn Sugar @ 7

WYeast 1084 Irish Ale

1 liter per pound of grain (3.35 gallons)
1 gallons of grain absorption
3 gallons sparge

8-28-2010--Cradle to grave, this beer took me just under 6 hours. I left my house to pick up supplies at 2ish and was fully cleaned up at around 7:45.
8-29-2010--Fermenting very well.
8-31-2010--1.020. Pretty good for two days. I think it's finished, but I need to wait till a keg is free. The taste? To quote the wife..."It's really good. It has kind of a nutty taste." That's what she said...Literally :)
9-20-2010--Tap finally opened up (actually, I ran out of CO2 and this was the only one carbed up). I'm very impressed by this one. Really nutty with a soury finish. A lot like the Ninkasi. I better slow play this one :) This could be my best yet.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Darkest Days CDA

First attempt at a Cascade Dark Ale (black IPA). I made up the recipe, which is loosely based on the Sierra Nevada PA Clone I made on the same day--only black--with a crap load more hops :)

10 lbs 2-row
2 lbs Crystal 60L
1 lbs Carafa III

1.25 oz Cascade (First Wort Hops)
1.5 oz Cascade @ 60
1.5 oz Cascade @ 30
1.5 oz Cascade @ 0
2.0 oz Cascade Dry Hopped

1.15 liter water to lbs of grain
3.5 gallons of sparge

Safale 05

8-1-2010--Really excited about this. First time doing first wort hops.
8-8-2010--Just took a reading: 1.030. I'll let it sit for another week or two. Sample tasted hoppy with a slight smokey flavor from the Carafa.
8-12-2010--Kegged. Dry hopped with 2 ounces of Cascade.
8-23-2010--HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Now been married 7 glorious years. On a separate note...this Dark Ale is nice and tasty! I think I'm going to make this one a house ale.

Ed Wort's Apfelwein

Making this for Emilie...should be ready by the time she's finished being pregers.

5 gallons apple juice
2 lbs dextrose

Red Star Champagne Yeast

8-1-2010--That was easy.
8-3-2010--This looks soooooo good.
8-13-2010--Kegged. Dry with a hint of apple sweetness. Ummmmmmmy!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone

Brewed 3 times today!
First was a SNPA clone.

10 lbs 2-row pale
1.25 Crystal 60L

.75 oz Magnum @ 60
.56 oz Perle @ 30
1.28 oz Cascade @ 0
1 oz Cascade Dry Hopped

Yeast: White Labs California Ale 1001

1.15 liter to grain for strike
4 gal sparge

8-1-2010--This was actually John's beer, but we brewed it at my house so I'm counting it as one of mine :)
11-27-2010--As of a couple days ago, John still hasn't kegged this...I wonder how long it'll last in the primary before it turns to sludge?
1-10-2011--Believe it or not, we kegged this tonight. It still tasted pretty good.