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Title: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 06, 2015, 10:27:16 PM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 06, 2015, 10:36:02 PM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School

Sounds good, man !  I'm going malty with a Wee Heavy.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Steve Ruch on February 06, 2015, 10:37:50 PM
I have a maibock planned for the middle of next week.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Alewyfe on February 06, 2015, 11:46:52 PM
Oh Jim, you are one wild and crazy guy! I'm parti gyling a Wee Heavy and Tu'pney. Looking forward to a nice long brew-zen day.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Frankenbrew on February 07, 2015, 01:09:59 AM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School

I like the way you think! IMO you cant go wrong with Centennial in either an APA or an IPA. It just has such a complex and full bitterness, flavor and aroma. It really has it all going on. It's good to wander of the rez, just don't forget where you came from.  8)
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: narcout on February 07, 2015, 01:15:49 AM
My long zen brew days are over.  Now that we have a baby, I can pretty much only brew Friday and Saturday evenings.

I'm brewing a Saison tonight - will get started as soon as I get home from work.  Hopefully, I'll get to bed around 1 as I'll be up again tomorrow morning at 6:30.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: S. cerevisiae on February 07, 2015, 02:03:30 AM
Centennial is one of my favorite hops.  It's less one dimensional than Cascade.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: breslinp on February 07, 2015, 02:05:00 AM
Going with IPA and 1056 but going with Citra for the first time... With Simco and Amarillo. Charge it with magnum at 60 then all other hops after flameout and then again at 180F.

This should be joining my wild session ale for MLS opening day.

I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: narcout on February 07, 2015, 08:55:08 AM
Mission accomplished, and it's only 12:54 - so I might actually get a full 5 hours of sleep tonight.

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Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: kmccaf on February 07, 2015, 03:00:28 PM
I think I will brew Hopfenunmalz's Ballentine recipe, and split it into two fermenters. One will get Bry97, and the other 833. Looking forward to opening my big fresh bag of Cluster from hops direct, and using my homegrown Brewer's Gold which smelled amazing this year.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: iamgruit on February 07, 2015, 03:48:58 PM
Planning to brew an English IPA and and Amber Ale on Wednesday. First time with an Amber, hopefully it turns out good.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: reverseapachemaster on February 07, 2015, 04:12:43 PM
I'm very close to absolute full capacity on fermentors. I'd like to brew again this weekend but I don't have the space. To many brett and sour beers lying in wait in my fermentation space and too much in bottles waiting to be consumed. I do need to grow some starters to keep a few strains fresh in my rotation of active yeast strains but I have enough to get done this weekend.

To Jim's point about the old school is the new school, I think we will see in the next couple years a rise of some of the styles that were more popular in the 90s with new spins on them (e.g. new hop varieties) as the new thing in craft brewing.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: dzlater on February 07, 2015, 04:15:31 PM
I'm finally getting a brew day in.
Mashing as I type.

10 lbs                Avandard Premium Pale Ale Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain         1        91.4 %       
8.0 oz                Cararye (89.0 SRM)                       Grain         2        4.6 %         
4.0 oz                Carared (Weyermann) (24.0 SRM)           Grain         3        2.3 %         
2.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)               Grain         4        1.1 %         
1.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt -130L (130.0 SRM)   Grain         5        0.6 %         
0.8 oz                Nugget [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           6        40.1 IBUs     
0.5 oz                Bramling Cross [7.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min  Hop           7        3.9 IBUs     
1.0 oz                Bramling Cross [7.10 %] - Steep/Whirlpoo Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American West Coast (Lallemand #Bry-97)  Yeast         9        -             

Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: denny on February 07, 2015, 04:55:36 PM
No brewing this weekend for me.  I'm giving a BJCP exam today.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 07, 2015, 06:22:44 PM
No brewing this weekend for me.  I'm giving a BJCP exam today.
Fun times! I got my score last week. Certifiable LOL. I've decided that I will test again once I have enough points to qualify for National, with hopes that the experience will help me get the score needed too.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: denny on February 07, 2015, 07:19:04 PM
No brewing this weekend for me.  I'm giving a BJCP exam today.
Fun times! I got my score last week. Certifiable LOL. I've decided that I will test again once I have enough points to qualify for National, with hopes that the experience will help me get the score needed too.

My first time I was 2 points shy of Master.  I said I'd retake when I got enough experience points.  Had 'em for years now, but still no retake.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: 69franx on February 07, 2015, 07:36:09 PM
No brewing or brewing chores for me either. 5G Bock almost cared up and ready to go to lager step in the basement tomorrow. 5.5g of English  Barleywine 6 days in and still chugging a little, won't really be touching  that one for a while. Sampled the bock last night and it's already very clear with a tight unmoving g cake on bottom of bottle after 6 hours of refrigeration. Nice deep red hue, but still clear enough already to read the label on my glass. SWMBO loved it and I am very happy. Wish it had dropped another couple points but it will be enjoyed!
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: brewinhard on February 07, 2015, 07:58:31 PM
Brewed up a nice traditional Bock earlier this week (a bit higher OG than expected -1.075).  Cleaned a couple kegs today and will be kegging a Brett trois primary fermented beer with Lacto Brevis I brewed 6 wks ago.  Smelled very tropical from the airlock, so I am looking forward to that one. 
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 07, 2015, 08:58:47 PM
No brewing this weekend for me.  I'm giving a BJCP exam today.
Fun times! I got my score last week. Certifiable LOL. I've decided that I will test again once I have enough points to qualify for National, with hopes that the experience will help me get the score needed too.

My first time I was 2 points shy of Master.  I said I'd retake when I got enough experience points.  Had 'em for years now, but still no retake.
Impressive!

I wish I'd scored higher, but its all good. I'm proud that I scored what turned out to be a fresh sample of Leffe Blond 12 points too high. For a total noob Certified is nothing to be ashamed of. I'll be back but not for a while. No rush at this point.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Stevie on February 07, 2015, 09:03:02 PM
Just put started some cold brewed coffee to add to my stout tomorrow. Stout ended a bit on the high side, not sure what the issue is there.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 07, 2015, 09:52:34 PM
Just put started some cold brewed coffee to add to my stout tomorrow. Stout ended a bit on the high side, not sure what the issue is there.
I have two pounds of lactose I keep eyeballing and threatening to use this way. I just finished my six pack of Budweiser Split Shot, so a coffe cream stout really sounds good.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Herminator on February 07, 2015, 10:07:24 PM
Nice.  Congrats on the exam results.  I am brewing up an American Blonde tomorrow morning that will eventually be on top of some tart cherries.  Cheers!


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Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: ynotbrusum on February 07, 2015, 10:57:47 PM
Congrats Jim.  I am in the middle of a course that culminates with a June tasting exam.  I fear that my palate is too old and non-discerning to do well - but I hope to pass.   Today just a CAP; chilling presently and awaiting a pitch of fresh harvested Omega Y-06 from a Helles I racked to keg today.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 07, 2015, 11:00:58 PM
Congrats Jim.  I am in the middle of a course that culminates with a June tasting exam.  I fear that my palate is too old and non-discerning to do well - but I hope to pass.   Today just a CAP; chilling presently and awaiting a pitch of fresh harvested Omega Y-06 from a Helles I racked to keg today.
No fear, just write what you find. 2nd guessing kills
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 07, 2015, 11:08:01 PM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
I decided my IPA might turn out too much like the APA so I revamped it a smidge.

IPA
8lbs GW pale
5lbs Munich
1lb cane sugar in boil

1 oz each at FWH - Cascade and Centennial
1 oz each in whirlpool at 190º for 30 min - Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe (will dry hop an ounce each too)

1056 pitch at HK 63º ramped to 68 when krausen falls

Sounds farther off the reservation to me
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 08, 2015, 06:54:39 PM
I undershot my wirlpool addition temp. Chiller cools way too quick. I ended up tossing in my 4 oz of wirlpool hops at 180º instead of 190º. Will it matter much? This is my first crack at wirlpooling hops. Seems to be holding steady now at 175º with my pump recirculating. I'm going for 30 minutes.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 08, 2015, 06:59:21 PM
I undershot my wirlpool addition temp. Chiller cools way too quick. I ended up tossing in my 4 oz of wirlpool hops at 180º instead of 190º. Will it matter much? This is my first crack at wirlpooling hops.

You might lose a few IBUs( probably not noticeable) since they extract better at higher temps. I like 175-170F - I get all my IBUs in the kettle and feel like the cooler temp keeps the volatile oils more intact. No worries.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 08, 2015, 08:31:01 PM
I undershot my wirlpool addition temp. Chiller cools way too quick. I ended up tossing in my 4 oz of wirlpool hops at 180º instead of 190º. Will it matter much? This is my first crack at wirlpooling hops.

You might lose a few IBUs( probably not noticeable) since they extract better at higher temps. I like 175-170F - I get all my IBUs in the kettle and feel like the cooler temp keeps the volatile oils more intact. No worries.
Cool. I ended up going 15 minutes. It was at 170 at that point. So I used 5% as my guess at utilization. Total calculated IBUs right around 60. 1.060 gets me at about 1:1 so hoppy enough for government work.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 08, 2015, 08:35:16 PM
Cool. I'll be curious to see what you think. It's a really nice hop flavor and, steeping that cool, the aroma holds up too.  I noticed I stopped noticing much (if any) extra bitterness @ 170F.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 08, 2015, 08:42:29 PM
I'm shooting for a dry finishing, noticeable bitterness, large hop flavor and aroma sitcheation. The wort smell wonderful. I think im on the right track.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 08, 2015, 08:45:42 PM
Yep. It'll be a good sitcheation.   ;)
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: S. cerevisiae on February 09, 2015, 05:40:44 PM
Looking forward to opening my big fresh bag of Cluster from hops direct

I made an all-Cluster IPA using 2014 Hops Direct Cluster and an anonymized English yeast strain that I dug out of the UC Davis collection that is outstanding.  It is easily one of the top beers to come out of my home brewery.  I had never performed a hop stand with Cluster before making this beer.  The hop aroma and flavor are huge, especially for hop like Cluster that has been relegated to second class status as a finishing hop.

With that said, BRY 97 is a hop scrubber; therefore, I would reserve my best hops for dry hopping.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on February 15, 2015, 04:16:04 PM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
I decided my IPA might turn out too much like the APA so I revamped it a smidge.

IPA
8lbs GW pale
5lbs Munich
1lb cane sugar in boil

1 oz each at FWH - Cascade and Centennial
1 oz each in whirlpool at 190º for 30 min - Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe (will dry hop an ounce each too)

1056 pitch at HK 63º ramped to 68 when krausen falls

Sounds farther off the reservation to me
Day seven and the IPA has gone from 1.060 to 1.006! No off flavors. I'm now a huge fan of pitching the whole shebang at high krausen (when doing a beer like this anyway). Also huge fan of that hopping schedule. FWH and all the rest going in the whirlpool.

Got my dry hopping started. Will let er ride till Friday then crash and keg Saturday.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on March 12, 2015, 06:15:54 AM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
I decided my IPA might turn out too much like the APA so I revamped it a smidge.

IPA
8lbs GW pale
5lbs Munich
1lb cane sugar in boil

1 oz each at FWH - Cascade and Centennial
1 oz each in whirlpool at 190º for 30 min - Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe (will dry hop an ounce each too)

1056 pitch at HK 63º ramped to 68 when krausen falls

Sounds farther off the reservation to me
So this IPA has been in the keg for a couple weeks, maybe three. It tastes and smells great but is stubborn to drop clear. It looks like grapefruit juice with a head. So I pulled the keg and put it in my lagering chest. I put a pouch of Knox gelatin in a cup of 120° water and stirred, let sit for 30 min, then zapped it in the micro to a boil. It looked clear and fully dissolved. I released pressure and dumped it into the IPA. Closed the keg and hit it with 30 psi to quick seal. I'll let it sit a week and try it again.

I tried gelatin once before but I think I did it wrong. This will be an interesting test of how well it works, and if I did it right.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 12, 2015, 11:40:15 AM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
I decided my IPA might turn out too much like the APA so I revamped it a smidge.

IPA
8lbs GW pale
5lbs Munich
1lb cane sugar in boil

1 oz each at FWH - Cascade and Centennial
1 oz each in whirlpool at 190º for 30 min - Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe (will dry hop an ounce each too)

1056 pitch at HK 63º ramped to 68 when krausen falls

Sounds farther off the reservation to me
So this IPA has been in the keg for a couple weeks, maybe three. It tastes and smells great but is stubborn to drop clear. It looks like grapefruit juice with a head. So I pulled the keg and put it in my lagering chest. I put a pouch of Knox gelatin in a cup of 120° water and stirred, let sit for 30 min, then zapped it in the micro to a boil. It looked clear and fully dissolved. I released pressure and dumped it into the IPA. Closed the keg and hit it with 30 psi to quick seal. I'll let it sit a week and try it again.

I tried gelatin once before but I think I did it wrong. This will be an interesting test of how well it works, and if I did it right.

Jim, that stuff usually has the beer pretty damn clear in about 48 hours, FWIW. 
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Stevie on March 12, 2015, 12:51:37 PM
I always thought boiling was bad
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 12, 2015, 01:01:37 PM
Yeah, missed that part.  It shouldn't boil.  I warm it slowly until it hits ~ 155-165F.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: reverseapachemaster on March 12, 2015, 03:12:11 PM
I might try to squeeze in a little brewing this weekend but I have a lot to do and probably won't get around to it.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on March 12, 2015, 04:06:00 PM
brewing up vienna mandarina IPA right now. hit 5.42PH mash at 150F....all is well.
Title: Re: Brew Weekend
Post by: klickitat jim on March 12, 2015, 07:43:15 PM
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School
I decided my IPA might turn out too much like the APA so I revamped it a smidge.

IPA
8lbs GW pale
5lbs Munich
1lb cane sugar in boil

1 oz each at FWH - Cascade and Centennial
1 oz each in whirlpool at 190º for 30 min - Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, Simcoe (will dry hop an ounce each too)

1056 pitch at HK 63º ramped to 68 when krausen falls

Sounds farther off the reservation to me
So this IPA has been in the keg for a couple weeks, maybe three. It tastes and smells great but is stubborn to drop clear. It looks like grapefruit juice with a head. So I pulled the keg and put it in my lagering chest. I put a pouch of Knox gelatin in a cup of 120° water and stirred, let sit for 30 min, then zapped it in the micro to a boil. It looked clear and fully dissolved. I released pressure and dumped it into the IPA. Closed the keg and hit it with 30 psi to quick seal. I'll let it sit a week and try it again.

I tried gelatin once before but I think I did it wrong. This will be an interesting test of how well it works, and if I did it right.

Jim, that stuff usually has the beer pretty damn clear in about 48 hours, FWIW.
I put it in micro and pushed the coffee cup symbol. It was steaming when it was done.
I always thought boiling was bad