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Title: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on April 07, 2014, 02:22:10 PM
Just wondering how everybody's brew weekend went!

Personally, mine went all kinds of wrong. I attempted to brew a Vienna so I can lager it for a long time, but nothing went right. First it snowed, then the wind blew the flame on my boil out (for 20 minutes because I couldn't get it going), and despite all my pre-boil numbers being spot on I somehow came up well short for my SG...just one of those brews that despite all efforts didn't work out. Still gonna keep the Vienna and maybe call it something else.

Cheers!
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: HobsonDrake on April 07, 2014, 02:56:05 PM
Not to bad here. Missed my mash starting temp by 2 degrees low. It fell a lot more then I remember it in the past. But then again I was planning on a 60 min mash and it turned into 90. So it will be interesting to see what I end up with. Started at 152 and ended at 146.
SG was to be 1.055 and I got 1.060. Never missed high before. So I'm OK with that.
This was for a brown ale. Using WLP005 for the first time as well.
Can't wait for it to finish.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: fmader on April 07, 2014, 03:08:03 PM
I got a lot accomplished on Friday. I brewed an 11 gallon batch of a golden ale that is lightly hopped with citra and galaxy. Half of which will be served at my wedding (High Tides Honeymoon Ale). I also kegged a barleywine that had been fermenting for about 40 days or so. I kegged a Christmas ale to she a few months for Christmas in July. This was a rebrew of a beer that I did for Christmas. It tasted way better out of the hydrometer sample. It has vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cherries in it. I adjusted those amounts and switched the yeast from 001 to 002. I also racked a cherry wheat (also served at the wedding) onto 32oz of high quality tart cherry concentrate.

The only problem that I ran into over the weekend is that the secondary fermentation was more active than expected. I didn't have a complete explosion, but the cap off the airlock popped off. But it did keep a solid lock though. Just wiped off the bucket and changed the airlock. No big deal. WLP 320 is some active yeast.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: morticaixavier on April 07, 2014, 03:11:18 PM
I managed a very early prototype (more of an crude experiment) of my future 1 gallon wood burning rocket stove brew stand. Just testing concept at this point. only tangentially brewing related.

I also determined that my ryerish stout is not terribly far off Guinness from the bottle (sans widget).
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: erockrph on April 07, 2014, 03:25:43 PM
Brewed a batch of green sludge on friday :) Right now I'm having a hard time telling where the krausen begins and the wort ends.

I'm also starting to wonder if there's a point where hops start to suppress the growth of Saccharomyces.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: flbrewer on April 07, 2014, 03:29:49 PM
Pondered the perfect IPA recipe. Asked far too any questions, and wondered what I'll do with way too many hops!
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 07, 2014, 03:35:20 PM
Brewed A BoPils, and things went well. Hit my OG (1.052) right on, pitched @ 48F. Can't wait !
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: kmccaf on April 07, 2014, 04:10:54 PM
Some hits and misses this weekend. I was going to bottle a Landbier that I pitched a cake of 2278 into, and found it had stalled at 1.032 (from 1.056). Had been planning on pitching that cake into a CAP. Oh well, bottled the other 5 gallons from that batch that I had pitched 833 into (finishing gravity at 1.012). Brewed the CAP on Sunday. Used Cluster and Pacific Jade for the hops. Also, realized that my hydrometer is reading way off. So, all the readings this weekend are more like good guesses.

Brew day went quite well though.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: denny on April 07, 2014, 04:13:35 PM
No brewing this weekend.  Gonna do a split batch experimental brew tomorrow.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: WDE97 on April 07, 2014, 04:43:03 PM
Pretty good brewing weekend for me. Did a Flander's Red on Saturday to replace one I just bottled last week. Pitched it on a yeast cake from a previous batch that was fermented with East Coast Yeast Flemish Ale yeast. Interested to see how it works out on the second generation. The first batch was seriously sour, but oh so good!

Sunday our brew club did an 18gal batch of Russian Imperial Stout to fill up a 15gal rye whiskey barrel we just picked up. Always fun to brew with the club!
(http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i451/grhand202/clubbrew.jpg)
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: morticaixavier on April 07, 2014, 04:44:36 PM
that is a full cooler. is that the 100qt?
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 07, 2014, 04:46:19 PM
Looks like it.  Whoa !  That thing is full tilt.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Pinski on April 07, 2014, 04:49:50 PM
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: duboman on April 07, 2014, 04:51:31 PM
Had a good weekend, brewed the base for my hard Rootbeer and kegged my Belgian White
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Alewyfe on April 07, 2014, 05:23:40 PM
Brewed a Summit Ale clone out of an old BYO mag for a donation to our upcoming Habitat for Humanity Brewhaha Brewfest in May at which our very own Denny Conn will be a featured speaker.

Every batch, I seem to make some kind of adjustment to my brew set up which necessitates cutting hoses, changing connectors and generally using up enough time to make brew day really long. Yesterday was no exception. I started early but didn't finish until just before dark. Hopefully I'm done with that and next brew day will finish before I'm ready for bed. Yeast was another issue.  I pulled a 2nd gen. sample of 1275 out of the fridge from September, and though it took off great it took a lot of time and  3.5l starter to get the cell count up. That stuff is sure a great top cropper....also a bathroom counter cropper if you overfill the flask.
 
Results will not be in for a few weeks of course, but the session went great otherwise. Highest mash efficiency numbers to date and mash temp spot on. That kind of makes all the ditzing around worthwhile.

Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: klickitat jim on April 07, 2014, 05:32:30 PM
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.

Im a Kiwanda CA fan. I like their Scotty too.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: WDE97 on April 07, 2014, 05:39:51 PM
that is a full cooler. is that the 100qt?

It's around 165qt. We used 75 lbs of grain and just barely got everything in there, as you can see! Pretty thick mash, but we still got about 60-65% efficiency.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Alewyfe on April 07, 2014, 05:48:01 PM
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.

Im a Kiwanda CA fan. I like their Scotty too.

+1 and Silverspot IPA...I just love the Pelican. Any beer tastes better in a setting like that too. Sand between your toes and sunset over the haystack rocks. Road trip anyone?
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: morticaixavier on April 07, 2014, 05:48:58 PM
that is a full cooler. is that the 100qt?

It's around 165qt. We used 75 lbs of grain and just barely got everything in there, as you can see! Pretty thick mash, but we still got about 60-65% efficiency.

nice. I've got the 72 qt and it can just barely handle ~30 lb of grain. when I do a partigyle it looks just like that one
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: riceral on April 07, 2014, 05:55:00 PM
I didn't brew but helped out at the craft brew festival
           http://www.hogtownbeerfest.com/beerfest/   
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: tomsawyer on April 07, 2014, 06:39:19 PM
I transferred two kegs of German pils off gelatin, looked nice and clear in the transfer hose.  The true test will come when I chill it down.

Then I kegged 10gal of doppelbock.  I tasted it and its right where I want it to be.  OG was 1.075 down to FG 1.020 with WLP833.  Very rich malt character but not harsh with just enough sweetness to balance, and the color is spot on.  I used a crazy amount of melanoidin malt, about 5%.  I kegged with gelatin and will transfer them off next week.

After I got these done, I cleaned up the Brewhemoth and have it ready for my next brew, a blonde that I'm going to split to keg some with strawberry flavoring.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: gmac on April 07, 2014, 07:24:11 PM
Brewed a 15 gal batch of German Pilsner to try out one of my new Brewhemoth fermenters.  First time using it.  Either I mis-counted when measuring grain (very likely) or I got much higher than expected efficiency but my OG ended up at 1.060 instead of the 1.052 I was hoping for.  I'm letting it ferment as is and then I'm going to add a half gallon or so of boiled distilled water to each keg prior to kegging to bring the FG back down in line with where I wanted it.

 I like beer too much and drink too much of it so I'm finding anything over about 4.5% ABV can sneak up on me.  I'm working on keeping my ABVs to 4 or less in all styles but it seems no matter what I do, my efficiency is always higher than I expect and I over shoot.  I've been calculating at 80% but I'm going to up it to 85 and see how that works.  I would have said historically 80% was good but maybe my mill crush has changed or something and I'm doing better.  Who knows?
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: chumley on April 07, 2014, 07:32:52 PM
I cleaned 4 kegs, and transfered 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner from lagering kegs to clean kegs, to get them off the yeast.  They have been lagering for 6 weeks but still taste a bit green.

I also sampled the maibock.  Only two weeks of lagering so far, but it is a thing of beauty. The maibock was brewed on the yeast cake of the bo pils, so the lesson learned is use lots of yeast for lagers.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: tomsawyer on April 07, 2014, 09:16:51 PM
gmac, I brewed 17gal of German pils in my Brewhemoth a couple months ago, then followed that up with the doppelbock.  My pils was only 1.046, right where I wanted it.

One other thing  I did was to finally plumb my 100qt cooler mashtun.  The Coleman Xtreme was too thick for a plain valve and kettle screen so I had to improvise with some Home Depot parts.  Worked, no leaks either.  Now I can brew 15gal batches with impunity.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: gmac on April 07, 2014, 10:11:40 PM
gmac, I brewed 17gal of German pils in my Brewhemoth a couple months ago, then followed that up with the doppelbock.  My pils was only 1.046, right where I wanted it.

One other thing  I did was to finally plumb my 100qt cooler mashtun.  The Coleman Xtreme was too thick for a plain valve and kettle screen so I had to improvise with some Home Depot parts.  Worked, no leaks either.  Now I can brew 15gal batches with impunity.

I ended up throwing out a couple batches in a row. My plastic was contaminated. I went a little nuts and threw it out and replaced it with 3 brewhemoths. I've been doing batches in glass for the last two weeks to build up bigger starter volumes. I've been in a brewing funk but now I'm coming around. Mostly seasonal.
My cooler is 150 qt so I think I could go as big as 30 gals in one batch but I'd need to do two boils since my kettle is only 30 gals.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: jaftak22 on April 07, 2014, 11:18:19 PM
If feel like I have been in a brewing slump for the last two weekends. Nothing has seem to go right for me. Missing my mash temps and such. Gonna step back for my batch this weekend coming up and be more methodical than usual
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Stevie on April 07, 2014, 11:28:34 PM

If feel like I have been in a brewing slump for the last two weekends. Nothing has seem to go right for me. Missing my mash temps and such. Gonna step back for my batch this weekend coming up and be more methodical than usual

Sooner or later it's all second nature. The only mess up I make these days is adding hop additions at the wrong time. I chalk those up to too much free time during the brew day (read too many beers in my belly)
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 07, 2014, 11:34:58 PM
We've all been there jaftak22 - don't get discouraged. When you get your system and process dialed in, it'll get alot more fun.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: dannyjed on April 07, 2014, 11:53:29 PM
I brewed a Brown Porter(1.050) and used Wyeast 1728. I can't remember the last time I made a Porter under 1.060.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: gmac on April 08, 2014, 01:30:05 AM
If feel like I have been in a brewing slump for the last two weekends. Nothing has seem to go right for me. Missing my mash temps and such. Gonna step back for my batch this weekend coming up and be more methodical than usual

Me too. Biggest thing that has helped is a major clean up and re-org to make things easier. I'm not a neat person so I find myself looking for stuff, fumbling around etc. clearing up the clutter helped a lot. I also took the advice of others on here and tried some new yeast strains that I've been wanting to try so I'm excited to try the beers.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: breslinp on April 08, 2014, 10:53:32 PM
After killing my back hauling branches from this winter's ice storm, I decided why not completely wreck it and brew my sour session.

Saison base (pils and munich), with 20% oats, meyer lemons and tangerines (zest and juice). 48 hours with the lacto and it's already from 1.038 to 1.012. Time to crash to 62F and add the Brett C. Finished with Amarillo dry hops.

It finished at 1.006 the first time around and tastes like a Shandy.

My back was not happy Monday morning.  ;D
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: gmac on April 08, 2014, 11:25:02 PM
After killing my back hauling branches from this winter's ice storm, I decided why not completely wreck it and brew my sour session.

Saison base (pils and munich), with 20% oats, meyer lemons and tangerines (zest and juice). 48 hours with the lacto and it's already from 1.038 to 1.012. Time to crash to 62F and add the Brett C. Finished with Amarillo dry hops.

It finished at 1.006 the first time around and tastes like a Shandy.

My back was not happy Monday morning.  ;D

That's sounds amazing.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: dbarber on April 09, 2014, 12:37:57 AM
No brewing last weekend.  Spent Saturday judging the 1st round of the NHC in Philly. This weekend I'll fire up the kettle and brew an American barleywine.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: dcb on April 09, 2014, 01:54:41 AM
I brewed a Brown Porter(1.050) and used Wyeast 1728. I can't remember the last time I made a Porter under 1.060.

I'm curious to know why you chose to go lower.  Personally, I get tired of over the top OG/ABV/IBU etc etc etc. A well-made 1.050 beer could be most enjoyable, but it seems like you're bucking the trend.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: hopfenundmalz on April 09, 2014, 03:07:38 AM
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.
Can you post your recipe, procedures somewhere on the board. I have done one a few times, would like to compareotes.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: dannyjed on April 09, 2014, 11:41:43 AM
I brewed a Brown Porter(1.050) and used Wyeast 1728. I can't remember the last time I made a Porter under 1.060.

I'm curious to know why you chose to go lower.  Personally, I get tired of over the top OG/ABV/IBU etc etc etc. A well-made 1.050 beer could be most enjoyable, but it seems like you're bucking the trend.
Same reason here.
Title: Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
Post by: Pinski on April 09, 2014, 02:26:29 PM
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.
Can you post your recipe, procedures somewhere on the board. I have done one a few times, would like to compareotes.

I'd be happy to Jeff, it may be tomorrow evening before I can get to it but I'll let you know when it's posted.