Thursday, October 28, 2010

Whitefish Bay Porter

"The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er."

Since this in an Edmund Fitzgerald clone, it seems only right to include the words of the greatest troubadour the world may ever know.

Credit for this recipe goes to Tim Cochran of the St. Louis Brews.

8.75 lbs. 2-row
1 lb. Crystal 60
.5 lb. Roasted barley
.5 lb. Chocolate malt

1 oz. Northern Brewer (8% AA) @ 60 min.
.75 oz. Fuggle (4.7% AA) @ 30 min.
.5 oz. Cascade (5.0%) @ 1 min.

Using S-04 Dry English Yeast

OG: 1.058
FG: 1.013
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 41

Monday, October 25, 2010

No Mercy, More Turkey Ale

Birds shall receive no quarter.  Should be a fine drink for Thanksgiving festivities.

This one should have a nice biscuity/bready flavor from the Vienna and Carastan malts to support the punch of American hops.

8 lbs. American 2-Row
1 lb. German Vienna
.5 lb. English Carastan (30L)
.5 lb. Belgian Wheat malt

1 oz. Magnum (14% AA) @ 60 min
.25 oz. Amarillo (9% AA) @ 10 min.
.25 oz. Cascade (5% AA) @ 10 min.
.5 oz. Amarillo (9% AA) @ 0 min.
.5 oz. Cascade (5% AA) @ 0 min.

OG: 1.055
FG: 1.013
ABV: 5.7%
IBU: 47
SRM: 7

Day of the Scarecrow

I attempted to start the brew day early in the morning, but after just a little bit, it seemed the mojo was not with me.  I finally put a stop to it once I couldn't get my garden hose to seal up and my son was non-stop crying because he hadn't slept long enough.

But things improved.

My son went back to sleep and I ran to Home Depot to get a hose mender.  With that, the day took off.  Nothing fantastic to report other than 106.5 The Arch plays a lot of power ballads on Sunday afternoons.  I started just past 11 and was all cleaned up and done by 3:30, thanks to my fellow brewers.

1.050 on the dot and a nice flavor.  See...scarecrows aren't that scary after all.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Scarecrow Ale

If you've ever met anyone who said that scarecrows aren't creepy, they were a dirty liar.  Scarecrows are in the same family as ventriloquist puppets, dead-eyed porcelain dolls, and clowns.  Creepy all the way through.

Maybe the beer can redeem them?  We'll see.

7.5 lbs. 2-row Barley malt
.5 lb. Flaked corn
.33 lb. Flaked barley
.33 Crystal 20 Barley malt

.75 oz. Tettnang (5% AA) @ 60 min.
.5 oz. Tettnang (5% AA) @ 10 min.

US-05 Dry yeast

OG: 1.049
FG: 1.011
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 20
SRM: 4