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Old 09-21-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Who's brewing today? (9-21)

I took a vacation day today to brew and I'm taking my first shot at an Ordinary Bitter:

6.75 lbs Maris Otter
.5 lbs Crystal 60

1.5 oz 4.5% fuggles at 60
1/2 oz 4.5% fuggles at 5

Recipes don't get much simpler than this, but since this is going to be a low ABV brew anyway, and I have yet to calculate my efficiency on any of the AG brews that I've done I guess now is as good a time as any. I'm planning on mashing at 150-152 for 60 min in my cooler/MLT (so no multi step or mash out).
Here's a good brew session!

Next up: Warrior Pale Ale on Sunday!


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Old 09-21-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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An Ordinary bitter? How utterly...ordinary.

I'm brewing a couple AG's after work. Stunkelweizen and Sweet Baby Jesus Pale Ale. My older brother was visiting from L.A., and he loves that Pale...and went through a fu*king ton of it, so I need some more low-grav drinkin' beer.

iamjonsharp and BrianCSA are coming over after work to drink some brew. Oddly enough---yesterday, I invited Jon over for the brew today...then, last night, I was working at the wine/beer shop, I got to talking to these two guys about DFH Peche while I was checking their beer out, and one of them mentioned that he was planning on brewing a berlinerweisse, and so it turns out they were actually iamjonsharp and BrianCSA. Small world, especially since I don't remember having seen them in there before.


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I'll be racking my simple stout and rochefort clone today. I've got 4 fermenters full, but I"ll be brewing again Sunday. Not sure what yet, either a saison, imperial stout or IIPA.

Offtopic: Hey Evan, are you near Mendota, VA? I'll be there for a wedding next week.
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ok all of you that use Brewsmith... I downloaded the trial of it in order to test out the water volume and temperature calculations because I've had some issues on past brews since I normally mash at whatever the hell I feel like and do a best guess as to what I need to bring my mash water to to hit my temp.

I obviously don't have something setup properly because the freakingg thing is telling me that I need to mash with 9 gallons of water


Edit: I figured it out like 20 seconds after I posted this, I just needed to choose a different mash profile.

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I'll be racking my simple stout and rochefort clone today. I've got 4 fermenters full, but I"ll be brewing again Sunday. Not sure what yet, either a saison, imperial stout or IIPA.

Offtopic: Hey Evan, are you near Mendota, VA? I'll be there for a wedding next week.
I have 3 in primary and 2 in secondary right now. I'll be bottling during my mash, I have to rack one to secondary. I'll be using the yeast cake from the Black Ale for my ordinary bitter.
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I have 3 in primary and 2 in secondary right now. I'll be bottling during my mash, I have to rack one to secondary. I'll be using the yeast cake from the Black Ale for my ordinary bitter.
Nice, I washed my English Ale yeast last night and this morning, so I have to decide if I'm gonna make a starter with it or with my still in the tube saison yeast... guess I should decide soon!
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Just started this year's batch of Thunderstruck. Pumpkin is roasted...strike water is heating...measuring the grain...this is gonna be a good day!

Not using the steam system today - keeping things really simple with a single infusion. I have some errands to run while the mash does its work.
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I'm brewing a smoked porter.

The day didn't start out so well...I dumped 2 lbs of home smoked Munich malt all over my <wet> gravel driveway as I was getting ready to crush it. So, I scrapped the Munich from the recipe completely and subbed with some extra 2-row.

Other than that, it is going well. I just added my 60 min hop addition and now i'm chillin'. Haven't cracked a brew yet--maybe soon.
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I will be doing a pumpkin spiced ale tomorrow. It is a variation of Yuri's recipe, but with a slightly different grain bill, variant on the hops, and no pumpkin... Basically the same spicing and yeast. I think I am going to take it to the bottom of the fermentation range to see how it effects the end product.
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I finally got a batch in the fermenter last night after a few weeks off. My last batch took 2 weeks to ferment due to temp control issues, so I built a cooler which is doing really well this morning.

Last night's beer was an American Brown that I hope will come out with a clean, malty, slightly caramel flavor. Toward that end I used some Wyeast Scottish Ale yeast that also happened to come from my first yeast harvest/wash. Besides making my beer that much better I've found that harvesting yeast and making starters is a lot of fun- but I just love anything brew-related.
This was also an opportunity to clean out the leftover specialty grains, so it might look like an odd combination...


Turkey Curse American Brown Ale

Type: Extract
Date: 9/9/2007
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Pope Schmope
Boil Size: 5.72 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: -
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Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.43 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 71.45 %
0.67 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 8.81 %
0.50 lb Caramunich II (45.0 SRM) Grain 6.58 %
0.50 lb Toasted Melanoidin (42.0 SRM) Grain 6.58 %
0.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.29 %
0.25 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3.29 %
0.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 10.7 IBU
0.25 oz Chinook [13.00 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 10.7 IBU
0.25 oz Crystal [3.50 %] (15 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
0.25 oz Crystal [3.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
1 Pkgs Scottish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1728) [Starter 125 ml] Yeast-Ale

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.050 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.65 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.65 %
Bitterness: 23.0 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 20.6 SRM Color: Color


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