Thursday, January 28, 2010

Brushfire Imperial IPA

What is a hop-bomb? Some people would define it different ways. I define it as a beer that has an outrageous amount of American hops with a nearly balancing amount of malt, but not that balanced.

I don't know if this counts as a hop bomb in most people's opinions, but it does for me.

Malt bill:
14.5 lb Briess Brewers 2-row Malt
1 lb Briess Caramel 40L Malt
0.33 lb Briess Victory® Malt

Hops bill:
1.5 oz Magnum (14% AA, Pellet) @ 60 min.
0.5 oz Centennial (8.5% AA, Pellet) @ 60 min.
1 oz Cascade (5.5% AA, Pellet) @ 30 min.
1 oz Amarillo (7% AA, Pellet) @ 20 min.
1 oz Centennial (8.5% AA, Pellet) @ 10 min.
1 oz Amarillo (7% AA, Pellet) @ 1 min.
1 oz Cascade (5.5% AA, Pellet) @ 1 min.

Dry hopped with Cascade and Amarillo

Yeast: WhiteLabs WLP001 California Ale

OG: 1.082 (70% efficiency)
FG: 1.016
ABV: 9
IBU: 116!
SRM: 15

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

White Rabbit Witbier

This is a recipe by Dr. Scott of the Brewing Network for a Belgian Wit. I've never made a Wit, but I've made a Saison that is similar in spicing. This should be lighter in color and alcohol content than the Saison, but have a little more flavor and bite from the acid malt.

5.5 lb Belgian Wheat
2 lb American Six-Row
1 lb Oats (Flaked)
0.13 lb German Acid Malt

.5 oz.Northern Brewer (7% AA) @ 90 minutes
.25 oz. Saaz (3.8% AA) @ 30 minutes
.25 oz. Saaz (3.8% AA) @ 5 minutes

Extras added to the boil:
0.5 oz crushed coriander, 0 minutes
0.25 oz Curacao (sweet) orange peel, 0 minutes
0.25 oz Valencia (bitter) orange peel, 0 minutes
0.50 Oz Chamomile, 0 minutes
1 tbsp. flour, 0 minutes

White Labs WLP410 Belgian Wit II

OG: 1.047
FG: 1.012
ABV%: 4.74
SRM: 3.3
IBU: 14.75

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Field Mouse Pale Ale

This is a Belgian Pale Ale that will be brewed when it gets warmer outside. Belgian Pale Ales are usually found in Flemish provinces of Antwerp and Brabant and are considered "everyday beers". They are much lower in alcohol than many of the other Belgian styles and are very balanced in flavor.

6.75 lbs. Belgian Pilsnen
2.5 lbs. German Vienna
.5 lb. Belgian Caramunich
1 oz. Belgian Black malt

.75 oz. Styrian Goldings (5.5 AA%) @ 60 min.
1 oz. Saaz (4 AA%) @ 30 min.
1 oz. Saaz (4 AA%) @ 5 min.

White Labs WLP550 Belgian Ale, WLP515 Antwerp Ale, or WLP530 Abbey Ale

OG: 1.052
FG: 1.013
ABV: 5.2%
SRM: 11
IBU: 23

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Raven Black IPA

The style for this beer is not an official category for the BJCP, but it's made quite a craze for itself among craft breweries and homebrewers alike. It utilizes a good amount of debittered dark malt to get color and roast without grain bitterness or harshness associated with blackened malts or blackened grains.

This was adapted from a published Northern Brewer recipe.

11.5 lbs. American Two-Row
.5 lb. Crystal 80
.375 lb. Carafa III
.375 lb. Chocolate

Other fermentables:
1 lb. corn sugar

1.25 oz. Magnum (14% AA) @ 60 min.
1 oz. Simcoe (13% AA) @ 15 min.
1 oz. Centennial (8.5% AA) @ 10 min.
1 oz. Cascade (6% AA) @ 5 min.
1 oz. Amarillo (9.5% AA) @ 0 min.
1 oz. Amarillo (9.5% AA) (Dry-hop)

OG: 1.077
FG: 1.019
ABV: 8%
SRM: 33
IBU: 66

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wolfhound Irish Ale

This is a clone of a Northern Brewer recipe except I have exchanged their chocolate malt for pale chocolate.

BJCP style: 9D. Irish Red Ale

Malt bill:
6.5 lb Simpsons (Maris Otter)
0.5 lb Simpsons CaraMalt
0.25 lb Simpsons Golden Naked Oats
0.25 lb Fawcett Pale Chocolate
1 lb Honey

Hops bill:
1 oz Cluster (7% AA, Pellet) @ 60 min.

Yeast: WhiteLabs WLP004 Irish Ale

OG: 1.049
FG: 1.013
ABV: 4.8
IBU: 29
SRM: 18

Monday, January 18, 2010

Bottling the Tackle Box IPA

I wanted to write up a quick post on bottling the Tackle Box IPA only because I'd dry-hopped it ten days before. I used whole leaf hops for the purpose along with a little pellet. The whole leaf hops soaked up a ton of beer!

From TackleBox_IPA

The smell of orange was HUGE! It may not be much to look at though. I pulled off the leaves with a strainer because my siphon started sucking them up.

Here's a pic when it's ready for bottling.

From TackleBox_IPA

Notice the swirl of green goodness on top? Hop residue. The color came out a lot lighter than I'd expected. The taste was really fresh, but I'm not sure it'll have the malt backbone I wanted. It may require a bit more Crystal the next time I brew it. I guarantee there will be a next time, too!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Harvester American Ale

This is an American amber/red ale that's sure to please. It's not a killer on the hops, but enough to make sure you know they're in there.

This has been adapted from Jamil's recipe for West Coast Amber.

8.5 lbs. American 2-row
.33 lb. Briess Victory
.75 lb. Crystal 40
.75 lb. Dark Munich
.33 lb. Crystal 120
.2 lb. Pale Chocolate

.5 oz. Magnum (14.5% AA) @ 60 min.
.5 oz. Cascade (6% AA) @ 10 min.
.5 oz. Centennial (8.75% AA) @ 10 min.
.5 oz. Cascade (6% AA) @ 0 min.
.5 oz. Centennial (8.75% AA) @ 0 min.

White Labs California Ale WLP001

OG: 1.057
FG: 1.015
ABV: 5.7%
IBU: 37
SRM: 15