Thursday, May 20, 2010

Remy's French Ale

It's not a Biere de Garde.  It's not a Saison.  What is it?  A light colored dry sparkling French ale based on my standard Belgian Blond recipe.  Lower in alcohol than the blond, designed for easy drinking in the heat of summer.

Here are the numbers.

6.65 lbs. (6 lbs. 10.4 oz.) Briess Brewers 2-row Malt
0.35 lb (5.6 oz.) Briess White Wheat Malt
0.35 lb (5.6 oz.)DeWolf-Cosyns Aromatic
.7 lb (11.2 oz.) cane sugar

2.5 oz Styrian Golding (2.6% AA, Pellet) @ 60 min.

WLP072 French Ale

OG: 1.048
FG: 1.010
ABV: 5.1%
IBU: 28
SRM: 3

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Brewing the American Craft Wheat for NHD

This day didn't start out as planned.
1.  I got there late.
2.  I didn't have my recipe.
3.  I didn't have my water calculations.
4.  I didn't have my hops.

It seemed nobody else was quite working the same way I was, so I couldn't find someone with the calculations I needed.  Forgetting that, it was still a successful day. 

I ran home and grabbed some Magnum hops while mashing and I made a call to Willie to get my water numbers.  At the end, I put just over 5 gallons in the bucket at 1.042.  This was after shorting myself a little on grain and shorting myself a little on water too.  

Today also marked the maiden voyage for my chiller, which I finally completed last night.  It worked like a charm and cooled 5 gallons down in no time.  I'll make a separate post on that later.

Since I've ran myself short on time, this beer will be my Brewers Heritage Fest beer.  I'm sure the kiddies will like it.