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jerrodm 12-14-2012 05:31 PM

New Year, New Beer Challenge!
 
OK folks:

I was just thinking about what I want to brew on New Year's Day, and it occurred to me, what better way to start off the year than by brewing something you've never done before? My plan is to do a Belgian partigyle--a tripel with the first runnings and a saison with the second. I ginned up a draft recipe (here), if anyone has thoughts, let me know.

What about everyone else? Who is willing to try something new to start the year off? What's the beer you're going to try for the first time on Jan. 1st?

Cheers

malweth 12-14-2012 05:41 PM

It may not be on Jan 1 (possibly just before -- depending on the Family's schedule), but I got the ingredients (including 2 lbs of that D-180) for a Belgian Dark Strong. My Belgian Golden Strong finished too sweet, so I have to find a way to keep this one at 80+ in my < 60 basement.

So . . . my goal is to finish a two-stage fermentation chamber during the Christmas holiday (I'm taking / getting 11 days off in a row this year). I don't know if I'll have time to do it all w/ the holidays going on too, but I'll give it my best effort. . .

weirdboy 12-14-2012 05:45 PM

I tend to make big beers that require bit of aging around this time of year.

Last year on new year's day, I brewed my first wee heavy that turned out extremely well and won a gold in Scottish ales.


This time around I am eyeing the 2L starter I made a while back for a club Old Ale that we never used, and thinking I might design a recipe for an Old Ale or maybe an English Barleywine to use that starter.

helibrewer 12-14-2012 05:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malweth (Post 4682797)
It may not be on Jan 1 (possibly just before -- depending on the Family's schedule), but I got the ingredients (including 2 lbs of that D-180) for a Belgian Dark Strong. My Belgian Golden Strong finished too sweet, so I have to find a way to keep this one at 80+ in my < 60 basement.

So . . . my goal is to finish a two-stage fermentation chamber during the Christmas holiday (I'm taking / getting 11 days off in a row this year). I don't know if I'll have time to do it all w/ the holidays going on too, but I'll give it my best effort. . .

I use this to warm my fermentors and it works great: FlexWatt and it's easy to make your own in any size you want.

Good luck, my Belgian Dark Strong came out a little too sweet but I'm hoping time will have a positive effect on it.

jerrodm 12-14-2012 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malweth (Post 4682797)
My Belgian Golden Strong finished too sweet, so I have to find a way to keep this one at 80+ in my < 60 basement.

That sounds like a challenge. Have you used a heat blanket or a belt before? Looks like you're going to be a nervous papa in the ICU for a while...

malweth 12-14-2012 06:05 PM

I have a brew belt, which works well but only gives you about 15 degrees.

My plan is to build the Son of a Fermentation Chamber and mod a heating element (light-bulb + paint can or ceramic heating bulb) into it. Both the temp control (STC-1000 -- which I've done before) and chamber look like quick and easy builds. Sourcing parts is usually the hard part.

(edit)...in fact, using the brew belt inside the "Son of a" could be enough boost to reach my desired temps!!

weirdboy 12-15-2012 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malweth (Post 4682921)
I have a brew belt, which works well but only gives you about 15 degrees.

My plan is to build the Son of a Fermentation Chamber and mod a heating element (light-bulb + paint can or ceramic heating bulb) into it. Both the temp control (STC-1000 -- which I've done before) and chamber look like quick and easy builds. Sourcing parts is usually the hard part.

(edit)...in fact, using the brew belt inside the "Son of a" could be enough boost to reach my desired temps!!

Might I suggest you just wrap a blanket or sleeping bag around your fermenter (with brew belt on it) to provide the insulation?

nukebrewer 12-15-2012 04:45 AM

I've been wanting to do a big ass beer and a barleywine or a dopplebock would be just the thing for that. Both are styles I have never done before.

malweth 12-16-2012 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by weirdboy (Post 4684659)
Might I suggest you just wrap a blanket or sleeping bag around your fermenter (with brew belt on it) to provide the insulation?

Will that get me to 80+? The belt alone gets me from 65-75 (depending on just how cold it gets -- it will reach 52 in the dead of winter). Otherwise it's time to think about brewing some lagers.

The chamber looks easy to build and < $50 . . . I already have all the parts for temp control and this will improve *all* my beers (winter and summer, especially).

Darkness 12-17-2012 02:38 AM

I and four of my friends are doing a 60gal Barleywine that will go into my Buffalo Trace Barrel for 4 to 5 months. Can't wait


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