Friday, February 26, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I brewed a Schwartzbier and a San Diego style IPA. For the Schwartzbier I went for middle ground for the style, it lies between a traditional German style and a more roasty American style. I was going to use some roasted barley but at the last minute I decided against it and just upped the amount of Carafa II. This is only my second attempt at a Lager
Selected Style and BJCP Guidelines
Volume At Pitching: 5.28 US gals
Expected OG: 1.049 SG
Expected FG: 1.011 SG
Expected ABV: 5.0 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 27.9 IBU
Fermentation Temperature: 55 degF
US 2-Row Malt 4.50 lb
Dark Munich 30L Malt 4.00 lb
German Carafa II 0.50 lb
US Chocolate Malt 0.25 lb
US Caramel 40L Malt 0.25 lb
German Hallertauer Hersbrucker 3.5 % 1.75 oz 23.6 Loose Pellet Hops 60 Min From End
German Hallertauer Hersbrucker 3.5 % 0.50 oz 4.1 Loose Pellet Hops 20 Min From End
German Hallertauer Hersbrucker 3.5 % 0.50 oz 0.3 Loose Pellet Hops 1 Min From End
White Labs WLP830-German Lager
Visible signs of fermentation after 12 hours, large Krausen forming after 24 hours.
For my IPA I wanted to make something that was typical San Diego IPA (or at least attempt it). I went with a beer close to Alpine's Duet. It is a Golden colored, dry, balanced bitterness, and huge hop flavor and aroma. I went with a simple malt bill and a "duet" of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. I plan on dry hopping this beer with whole leaf Amarillo and Simcoe. I am debating throwing in some un-toasted american oak chips with the dry hops.
14B-India Pale Ale(IPA)-American IPA
Volume At Pitching: 5.28 US gals
Expected OG: 1.072 SG
Expected FG: 1.016 SG
Expected ABV: 7.5 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 70.7 IBU
US 2-Row Malt 11.00 lb
US Caramel 20L Malt 1.50 lb
US Carapils Malt 1.50 lb
Corn Sugar 8.0 oz
US Amarillo 8.6 % 0.50 oz 13.8 Loose Pellet Hops 60 Min From End
US Simcoe 12.2 % 0.35 oz 13.7 Loose Pellet Hops 60 Min From End
US Amarillo 8.6 % 1.00 oz 16.7 Loose Pellet Hops 20 Min From End
US Simcoe 12.2 % 1.00 oz 23.7 Loose Pellet Hops 20 Min From End
US Simcoe 12.2 % 1.00 oz 1.7 Loose Pellet Hops 1 Min From End
US Amarillo 8.6 % 1.00 oz 1.2 Loose Pellet Hops 1 Min From End
US Amarillo Dry Hop
US Simcoe Dry Hop
White Labs WLP001-California Ale
Strong fermentation after 12 hours, great hop aroma coming from the airlock.
Monday, February 15, 2010
In this years AFC which will be held next week I entered a Golden Strong, a Dark Strong, a Meyer Lemon Zest & Lavender Belgian Blond (in the spice/herb category) and my 100% Brett. c and Amarillo Pale Ale (in the Belgian Specialty Category). I think I have a good chance with all of these beers to place or score well. I will post the results and score/feedback when I get the results.
Just finishing the boil on my Schwartzbier right now, then my IPA! More on these later today, and my new Homebrew Club CHUG!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I have Monday off for Presidents day and so I will be brewing two batches. I posted last time that I will be making a schwartzbier and either a bier de garde or a vanilla strong ale. Well with the rest of the country deep in snow, the weather here in San Diego has become awesome, we are expecting highs in the 70's today and lots of sun, even the flowers on my iris' are starting to bloom and I even see my first hop shoot breaking ground!. I also have lots of sour beers aging away in carboys. So instead of a big beer that will take a while to age and may be out of season by the time it is ready I went with something a little more San Diego. I will be brewing my second IPA. It is not a style that I usually brew because I am so spoiled living in San Diego (not the weather) because we have some of the best IPA's around. Green Flash West Coast, Alpine Duet, Nelson, O'Briens, Port Slap and Tickle, Stone IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin, we even get Russian River Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder all the time. I am a fan of light colored, dry, huge hop aroma and flavor IPAs with a balanced but strong bitterness. The recipe I will be brewing is inspired by Alpine's Duet a IPA brewed with Amarillo and Simcoe in perfect balance "duet". I am using 2-row, Crystal 20L, and Carapils. I will be dry hopping this beer as well. I amy even throw a little untoasted American Oak chips in with the dry hops as Blind Pig used to and Alpine's Pure Hoppiness does.
I will also be brewing my scwhartzbier my second lager, more on that on Monday. I cleaned my keggerator and the brew house yesterday so i am ready to go. I will have my Brett Gose and American Mild on soon, they are cooling and carbonating right now.