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Old 01-16-2011, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Brew Log - Mcmenamins Ruby Ale Clone

Hey folks,

I'm getting this brew prepared. I'm brewing sometime tomorrow so I went ahead and ground up the grain bill the night before (today). I'm putting a ton of pics up so please feel free to criticize if your internet speed sucks. I'll cover as much of the brewing as I can tomorrow.

Recipe provided by EvilTOJ (link below).
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f75/mcmenamins-ruby-68755/

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: dry
Yeast Starter: no
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.25
Original Gravity: 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 19
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color: pink
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days at 65º
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14 days at 65º

This is a clone of McMenamin's Ruby. McMenamin's is a chain of brewpubs in the greater Portland area.

8.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row)
1.00 oz Hallertauer (60 min)

6.00 lb pulverized raspberries (Boil 5.0 min)

Mash schedule;
Mash in with 2.5 gallons of water at 161º
Drain, then sparge with 3 gallons of water at 180º
Drain, then sparge again with 3 gallons of water at 180º


Picture time!

Super old (40 years or older) Corona Grinder.


Corona Grinder


Pale 2-Row, picture is blurry because of the camera lense


Grain loaded into the grinder.


Quick look at the grain. Not perfect, had to make some adjustments.


Ground Pale 2-Row


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Old 01-18-2011, 05:43 PM   #2
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Had a one day delay while equipment was being fixed. Had a spigot issue.. Brewing right this moment actually. I love wireless internet..

Collecting some wort! Mashed in at 161 F. Sparged twice at 178-180 F.


Damn this pot is full! Collected 6.75-7 gallons of wort.



Boil is beginning.


One ounce hallertauer hops.


30 minutes into boil, its time for our hop addition. Hoppin' in action!

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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I'll get some pics of the berry addition, and of the carboy when the wort cools off. Perfect day for brewing, its cloudy, drizzly, and around 40 F.

We got a small boil-over near the start of boil, so I removed a bit of the wort from the boil pot. I am tinkering with the gas now and have it under control, but I haven't done a ton of brewing in a turkey fryer.

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:55 PM   #4
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The OG called for in this recipe was 1.042, I ended up hitting 1.041-1.042, its hard to see in the picture, but its floating right between the two. So I'm just about dead on so far.

Also the wort in the hydrometer looks much lighter than it really is. Now quite sure why the color is that off... Either way, this recipe is right on track, and I'm very excited about it.

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Old 01-18-2011, 06:10 PM   #5
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I know I'm post whoring here, but fruit addition comes in 15 minutes.

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Old 01-18-2011, 07:37 PM   #6
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Raspberry Puree, quite dark looking. I placed as much of it in a grain bag as I could to help catch of the the fruit particles. It did not work very well.


Fruit being added to the boil pot.


Fruit in the pot being boiled. The pot looks terrible because of the small boil over I had earlier.


Wort color after boil. Very hazy. It changes after settling down for a while.

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Old 01-18-2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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Wort is in the carboy, yeast is pitched, airlock set with vodka. GOOD LORD, this beer is messy!! I can definitely see why people suggest racking to secondary.

Carboy, all ready to go.


Airlock with vodka.


Agitated wort, very cloudy and full of particles. I'll take more pictures as it all settles down.

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Hey alright! Another member of the "Fill that turkey pot to the top" club!
That brew looks delicious, nice job! Thanks for the pictures.





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Haha another member!! Glad you liked the pics bro. I wasn't able to control the gas as well as I would have liked, so I did have a small boil over, but ah well I didn't want to waste any of that collected wort. That picture of your boil pot is exactly where I was at today haha!
Lets hope the brew turns out well.

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That brew looks delicious, nice job! Thanks for the pictures.





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Haha another member!! Glad you liked the pics bro. I wasn't able to control the gas as well as I would have liked, so I did have a small boil over, but ah well I didn't want to waste any of that collected wort. That picture of your boil pot is exactly where I was at today haha!
Lets hope the brew turns out well.
I've gotten a lot better with preventing boil overs...One hand on the regulator the other with a spray bottle of water trying to knock the foam down

Make sure to update the thread with a picture of that pint when that bad boy is ready!
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