Friday, July 31, 2009

Draft Horse Dunkelweizen - Redux

It's been pointed out to me that Jamil's recipes are always formulated at 6 gallons with 70% efficiency. In fairness to this, I've recalculated the grain bill and numbers to show this.

Pilsner 1 lb. 10.66 oz
Munich 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Wheat 5 lbs. 12 oz.
Special B 5 oz.
Crystal 40 5 oz.
Carafa Special II 1.66 oz.

Total: 10 lbs. 10.33 oz.

OG 1.055
FG 1.013
ABV 5.6%
IBU 16
SRM 23

Never doubt the Pope!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Blue Rooster ESB

A possible for this Saturday?

Blue Rooster ESB-

10.5 lbs. Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter
.5 lbs. Cara-pils
6 oz. Crystal 55
1 oz. Chocolate Malt

Mash for 90 min. @ 150 degrees

1.5 oz. Fuggle @ 60 min.
.5 oz. Fuggle @ 15 min.
.5 oz. Fuggle @ 1 min.

White Labs Premium Bitter yeast

OG 1.060
FG 1.016
ABV 5.9
SRM 14
IBU 31

Monday, July 6, 2009

Notes from the 1st Annual Brewcation

First off, beer fans, I was not able to brew both of my recipes. Only the Bulldog Brown Ale (Hobgoblin clone) was made on Thursday morning.

Here are some pics from the first runnings.

Here is a pic shot by Willie of me working the ice bath chiller.

The gravity was dead on to the recipe, but that means my efficiency was only around 70%. Not as high as I would like, but acceptable. The whole process took about 5 hours and 15 minutes.

I pitched with the Platinum strain of White Labs Premium Bitter. I checked after about 18 hours and the bubbles were less than a second apart.

The only other beer related activities, other than drinking my brother-in-law's Sam Adams was de-labeling bottles in a OxyClean bath.
I have another brew day coming up July 24th, so maybe I can get the Snakebite in this month anyway.