Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Ascension Ale 2.0 Brewed
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-06-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default Ascension Ale 2.0 Brewed

My brother and I cooked up a mega brew today. OG was 1.075! BeerSmith predicted 1.078, so I'm pretty happy. Also, the starter I made a couple days ago and have been worrying over ever since seems to be just fine. Looked like it had some yeast in suspension today, and when I shook it up before pitching, it had a lot of CO2 released, so that's good. Looking forward to a nice Trappist Ale in a couple months!

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2006, 03:03 PM   #2
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

It's hilarious that I was actually concerned about the yeast:



I took off the airlock, which had wort/beer inside it, rinsed it out, filled it with vodka again, swapped the bottom of it and the top of the carboy with vodka, and replaced it:


Is that sufficient to avoid infection issues? I think it's possible I may have to clean it off again. This is by far the most vigorous fermentation I've had to date, but what do you expect with a Belgian, I suppose.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2006, 03:09 PM   #3
Mk010101
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 259
Liked 2 Times on 1 Posts

Default

looks great. So how long will you keep this in secondary and how long for bottle conditioning?

__________________
Mk010101 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2006, 03:14 PM   #4
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

I'm going to leave it in primary for two weeks, I think. I don't really have a secondary carboy right now. SWMBO is aware that I'd like one for Christmas, but the LHBS didn't have any. I special ordered one, and it's at the shop waiting for me, but I might get in trouble if I bring another one home!

Now, this is such a big batch (5.5 gallons plus, I think) and the fermentation is so strong that I could probably just transfer it to another six gallon carboy and let it go in there for a few weeks and finish fermenting, just off the original trub. Decisions decisions!

Only thing I know for sure is that I won't be drinking this for a couple months. I'll have to check the SG in a week or two.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-07-2006, 11:46 PM   #5
Ellie-ut
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 32
Default

why dont you put a blow tube on it? Sterilize a piece of plastic tubing and run it from your bung hole down into a glass or bucket (looks like you should use a small bucket!) filled with sterilizing solution. Then you don't have to worry so much about it.

I dont think you have to worry about contamination as long as you kept everything clean when you dumped your wort/pitched your yeast.

__________________
Ellie-ut is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 09:27 AM   #6
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Man, this thing is going nuts:



This is by far the strongest fermentation I've had in all my batches. It has been about two and a half days since I brewed and pitched the yeast, and it is still kicking hard at a rate of ~60 bubbles/minute!

And as you can see, it's the ridiculous coffee w/ cream color, much lighter than when I brewed it. It boggles my mind to try and imagine how much yeast is roiling around in that thing right now. The entire thing is a torrent of swirling activity.

Anyway, just wanted to share another picture. I'm really excited about this beer. Crazy to think I have such a long wait ahead of me. Oh well, at least I have six cases of other homebrews to tide me over.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
fezzman
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 762
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts

Default

Looks like it is ready to bottle. j/k

Does the fermenting smell differ much from previous batches?

__________________
fezzman is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2006, 03:45 PM   #8
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

No, I'd say the smell is pretty much the same; there's just more of it. Like everything else about this beer, it's stronger.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-10-2006, 10:34 AM   #9
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Actually, upon further review of the aroma, I think that, yes, it does smell different. Much more complex, I think, and definitely reminiscent of some belgians I've had, somewhat fruity. I'm pretty sure it's that wacky trappist ale yeast that's giving it the awesome smell.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried

Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone brewed an IPA with EKG ? Bru Recipes/Ingredients 72 02-26-2014 08:36 AM
Why I haven't brewed lately Bobby_M General Chit Chat 100 09-27-2009 07:28 PM
IPA brewed Mapleroots Recipes/Ingredients 19 05-15-2009 08:09 PM
Just brewed my 1st AG - Now I have ?s macabra11 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 13 04-28-2009 04:54 PM
What would you say I have brewed here? BrewFrick Cider Forum 3 02-09-2007 12:23 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS