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Title: Whatcha Brewin' this week -- 2009 Nov 4-10?
Post by: majorvices on November 04, 2009, 12:38:40 PM
One of the bonuses of being self employed (alright, unemplyed  ::) ) I get to brew on a WEDNESDAY!! I'll also be smoking some salmon. Beautiful fall day.

I'm brewing a FWH Kolsch and a Wezienfest (a cross between a Hefeweizen and an Oktoberfest).

Wish me luck on the FWH Kolsch. I'm using crystal hops. Just trying something different but I may chicken out at the last minute.  :-[
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: bonjour on November 04, 2009, 01:07:34 PM
A Starter, a Scottish 60-/ AG, and a Robust Porter partial mash with my future SIL

Fred
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 04, 2009, 01:08:08 PM
I was going to brew a big American IPA, but since it's cold enough to lager in my fermentation room now I'm going to brew a Vienna Lager.  BTW, I'm also FUNemployed.  ;)

Vienna Lager
3-A Vienna Lager

Size: 5.15 gal
Efficiency: 80.0%
Attenuation: 76.0%
Calories: 157.72 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.048 (1.046 - 1.052)
Terminal Gravity: 1.011 (1.010 - 1.014)
Color: 13.89 (10.0 - 16.0)
Alcohol: 4.73% (4.5% - 5.5%)
Bitterness: 23.9 (18.0 - 30.0)

Ingredients:
8.25 lb Vienna Malt
.50 lb Light Munich
.13 lb Melanoidin Malt
.12 lb Carafa Special® TYPE III
1.5 oz Hallertau (3.8%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
.50 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1 gal WYeast 2206 Bavarian Lager

Notes
Single infusion batch sparge
- Saccharafication @ 152 [60 min]
- Mashout @ 165 [10 min]
- Sparge @ 170 [10 min]
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: onthekeg on November 04, 2009, 06:46:17 PM
I should brew something, but need to keg and clean fermenters first.  That in itself is demotivating!! :-\
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: redbeerman on November 04, 2009, 08:27:58 PM
Bluesman and I are doing a joint BVIP next weekend.  I'm thinking about squeezing in a Centennial IIPA this weekend if time permits.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hamiltont on November 04, 2009, 08:47:20 PM
Not brewing this weekend, just kegging 10 gallons of Sweet Stout.  Might brew next weekend.  Thinking about a Strong Scotch Ale, Smoked Porter (smoking my own grains) or maybe a Schwarzbier. GAWD I love this sport!!! ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: denny on November 04, 2009, 08:48:29 PM
I'll be doing Herman Holtrop's famous Rochefort 8 clone recipe.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: maxieboy on November 04, 2009, 09:16:51 PM
Hi all! 10 gallons of Dean Larson's SNCA clone. A few weeks late, looking for work is getting in the way of brewing!  :(
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dhacker on November 04, 2009, 10:18:33 PM
I got no room! Every keg full . . (And that's about 90 gallons of beer and cider) Brewed 11 gallons of my 50/50 amber ale at the Cigar Brew Fest last weekend and honestly don't know where I'm going to put it.  ???

But that doesn't stop me from wanting to brew. I REALLY want to make Skot's Traquair House clone, or Chumley's variation of same. 
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 04, 2009, 10:30:41 PM
Its funny.. I'm completely planning on brewing tomorrow. Ain't got a clue what. Suppose I'll have to look through the yeast and malt supplies when I get home.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: 3dogbrewer on November 04, 2009, 11:02:18 PM
A Sierra Nevada Clone. My favourite beer. I went on a cruise to Alaska and drank my first SNPA. Since then, ( 2005 ) I just had to find a good clone for this wonderful beer. Glad I did.


Chris
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: denny on November 04, 2009, 11:22:55 PM
Hi all! 10 gallons of Dean Larson's SNCA clone. A few weeks late, looking for work is getting in the way of brewing!  :(

I did that one last weekend.  What a great recipe!
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hjherbenson on November 05, 2009, 03:27:47 AM
Doing an Robust Oatmeal Porter 16gal Saturday plus having a few friends over to see what brewing is all about.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: blorvak on November 05, 2009, 08:30:05 AM
I can't decide... either I'm gonna finally try the Pliny the Elder clone despite my wimpy boil pot, or a clone of Lucky Lab's SuperDog.  The Pliny recipe is daunting.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: chopandbrew on November 05, 2009, 11:19:44 AM
Brewing Northern Brewer extract kit for a Honey Brown Ale (w/ MN honey) at Teach a Friend to Homebrew event at Barley John's in New Brighton. Come on out and brew with us!

Chip Walton
Minnesota Homebrewers Assoc.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hobbsta on November 05, 2009, 12:48:28 PM
A Belgian Wit based off the recipe from Jamil Zainasheff's Brewing Classic Styles book.  I've been brewing it with great success, tweaking it each time, and now it is a staple in my keg-o-rator.

The other question is, not only what are your brewing, who WHO are you brewing with this weekend?  Make it a party every time!

- Tim :D
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: majorvices on November 05, 2009, 12:54:01 PM


The other question is, not only what are your brewing, who WHO are you brewing with this weekend?  Make it a party every time!


Myself. People tend to get in my way.  ;)
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: bluesman on November 05, 2009, 05:34:17 PM
I need to buy some more kegs...and fast. All six of my kegs are full.

Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hamiltont on November 05, 2009, 05:45:13 PM
I need to buy some more kegs...and fast. All six of my kegs are full.



Here ya go....  http://www.homebrewing.org/5-Gallon-Cornelious-Keg-40Ball-Lock41_p_70.html
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: redbeerman on November 05, 2009, 07:29:53 PM
Thanks for the link, ham!  Just ordered 2 more myself! ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: bluesman on November 05, 2009, 07:33:34 PM
+1

Thanks for the link!
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hamiltont on November 06, 2009, 02:18:40 AM
Thanks for the link, ham!  Just ordered 2 more myself! ;D

Got 4 more on the way myself!  Worked out to about $23 a piece shipped.  I played with the numbers & four came out the cheapest. Always nice to have a spare or two hangin' around...
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: greg_rosace on November 06, 2009, 02:36:27 PM
I'm brewing a Am. Barley Wine Tuesday and racking it onto a cake of cl-50...
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: jds on November 06, 2009, 03:39:36 PM
I think I'm brewing a cream ale this weekend. The "light beer" keg just kicked, so I need to get another one going.  I'm shooting for the simplest brewday I can think of. Two-row, a little rice, no sparge, and Aussie-style no-chilling makes me think I can knock out a batch in 3-1/2 hours or less, including setup and cleaning. We'll see on Sunday.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 06, 2009, 05:57:30 PM
I have an  ESB going on the boil right now.

Based somewhat on Jamil's recipe in Brewing Classic Styles with a few other inputs, including the article about a year ago in Zymurgy by the head brewer at Fullers.

Mainly chose this due to a big starter of 1968/002 on hand.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 06, 2009, 07:26:44 PM
Well, I did it.. I brewed an Apple Smoked Pale Mild with the WLP Manchester yeast and earned a visit from the cops as well!
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: BrewArk on November 06, 2009, 07:28:31 PM
Well, I did it.. I brewed an Apple Smoked Pale Mild with the WLP Manchester yeast and earned a visit from the cops as well!

You eat doughnuts while you're brewing?
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 06, 2009, 07:32:10 PM
Nope, but apparently I have a nosy neighbor who was so overpowered by the smell of a boiling mild that they called the cops to investigate a weird smell.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: denny on November 06, 2009, 07:51:35 PM
Nope, but apparently I have a nosy neighbor who was so overpowered by the smell of a boiling mild that they called the cops to investigate a weird smell.

And you told them that's the way you always smell???   ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 06, 2009, 08:40:33 PM
So Drew, how does one handle that situation.

Has never happened to me, but could someday!

BTW, made an apple wood smoked porter last year, and liked that smoke aroma.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Robert on November 06, 2009, 09:09:49 PM
Well, I did it.. I brewed an Apple Smoked Pale Mild with the WLP Manchester yeast and earned a visit from the cops as well!

Did he ask for the recipe. I sure as hell would've. That and come back later for a full brewery inspection off-duty.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: slimsparty on November 06, 2009, 09:21:19 PM
Nice Hoppy IPA.  I don't have recipees on this box.  Rougly:

10gallons

25lbs MO
1lb 60L Crystal
1lb 80L Crystal
1lb 12oz Biscuit
1lb Carapils

1z Simco FWH
1z Cascade 60min
1z Mt Hood 45min
1z Mt Hood 30min
1z Mt Hood 20min
1z Amarillo 10min

spilt on us-05 and WY1272
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 06, 2009, 10:26:01 PM
So Drew, how does one handle that situation.

I just handled it in a very low key way. He was actually pretty cool about it and wasn't really looking to hassle me, so I just brought him into the back and showed him around. Showed him the book I wrote as proof that "No really, this is legitimate!"

If he'd been a dick, I probably wouldn't have handled it as well.

As for the recipe... from memory

10 gallons ~1.040, 13 IBUs

14 lbs Maris Otter Malt
0.25 lb Flaked Oats
0.25 lb Flaked Wheat (cause I was short on oats)
1lb Caravienne Malt
0.5 lb Custom Smoked Apple Wood Malt

Mash - 156 for 60, batch sparge, etc.
Boil - 90 minutes

Hops
0.25 oz Magnum (12.9% AA - pellets) for 60 minutes
1.oz Sourveign 4.9%AA Pellets for 30 minutes

Yeast:
WLP Manchester
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: klosterfocke on November 06, 2009, 10:43:55 PM
3rd version of a Moorehouse's Black Cat mild clone with some treacle that I've been tweaking out. Brewing tomorrow. Hope the cops don't show up! I think some of the neighbors already think I'm making meth out back, and wouldn't feel any better if they found out that it's only beer....

Also glad to know I'm not crazy for contemplating a smoked mild. Seems like smoke would compliment a mild nicely. I was thinking of using the Briess cheerywood malt, but bet the apple smoked would be an even smoother smoke. I've got to start experimenting with smoking my own malt
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: majorvices on November 06, 2009, 10:55:13 PM
Well, I did it.. I brewed an Apple Smoked Pale Mild with the WLP Manchester yeast and earned a visit from the cops as well!

That's hysterical. BTW I brew a smoked apple beer too. Thought I was the only one who did that. I smoke all the mlat over apple wood and sparge with apple cider. It is an interesting beer.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 06, 2009, 11:03:39 PM
I smoke all the mlat over apple wood and sparge with apple cider. It is an interesting beer.

Just wait.. there's an article coming in for Zymurgy before too long about this one crazy Falcon who built his own smoker, smoked about 65 lbs of malt over 5 different types of wood and then handed out bags of it to everyone in the club to see what they could do with it. (I wish I was retired and had the time to do that!)

And kloster, there's a recipe over on the Wiki that I think is either mine or based on mine - http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/CherrywoodSmokedMild (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/CherrywoodSmokedMild). Tasty stuff.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 06, 2009, 11:09:09 PM
Switching up my brewing plans at the last minute.  Thanks to some warmer weather that just moved in, I'm not going to be able to brew a lager.  So, I'm going to brew my house IPA instead.   8)

Pearl Street IPA
14-B American IPA
Author: Matt Schwandt

Size: 5.15 gal
Efficiency: 80.0%
Attenuation: 81.0%
Calories: 208.26 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.063 (1.056 - 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.012 (1.010 - 1.018)
Color: 12.01 (6.0 - 15.0)
Alcohol: 6.71% (5.5% - 7.5%)
Bitterness: 63.5 (40.0 - 70.0)

Ingredients:
9 lb 2-Row
1 lb Light Munich
.75 lb Caramel Malt 40L
.50 lb Victory® Malt
.50 lb White Wheat
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added first wort, boiled 20 min
1 oz Magnum (12.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
.50 oz Amarillo (9.3%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
.50 oz Centennial (9.0%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
.50 oz Amarillo (9.3%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
.50 oz Centennial (9.0%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
.5 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
1.5 L starter of WYeast 1272 American Ale II
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dhacker on November 07, 2009, 12:03:26 AM
Nope, but apparently I have a nosy neighbor who was so overpowered by the smell of a boiling mild that they called the cops to investigate a weird smell.

Ahhh . . I just love livin' out in the sticks, where nosey neighbors don't report me for funny smells, (which are plentiful) or for exposing myself when I take a whiz in the front yard. (frequent)
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dbeechum on November 07, 2009, 12:05:49 AM
Ahhh . . I just love livin' out in the sticks

yeah, I don't get those adavantages here in the big city, but after near 20 years of city living, I don't know if I could go back to small town life.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: majorvices on November 07, 2009, 12:10:11 AM
Nope, but apparently I have a nosy neighbor who was so overpowered by the smell of a boiling mild that they called the cops to investigate a weird smell.

Ahhh . . I just love livin' out in the sticks, where nosey neighbors don't report me for funny smells, (which are plentiful) or for exposing myself when I take a whiz in the front yard. (frequent)

Same here. I could not deal with having neighbors ever again. Nor could I deal with not being able to go for a 6 mile hike out my back door without seeing a soul. I did grow up a city boy though.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: pdbreen on November 07, 2009, 12:11:41 AM
Got a Belgian Abbey starter going, hoping to get both a Fat Tire clone and Belgian blonde into the primaries tomorrow.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on November 07, 2009, 03:38:44 AM
>(I wish I was retired and had the time to do that!)

Well, I am retired now, and have been playing around with different woods to smoke...  pork.

One of our favorites has been pear.  As we are having a good weekend in MI weatherwise, it is on the agenda to smoke some malt with pear this weekend.  Also want to do some malt with beechwood to get the intensity I have never acheived with Weyermann's rauchmalt.  When two hobbies intersect, it can be a thing of beauty.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: klosterfocke on November 07, 2009, 05:27:50 AM
Thanks for the link, Drew. Now if I can just get my hands on some Cherry malt.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: smurfe on November 07, 2009, 07:59:33 AM
I am going to brew either my house pale ale or house blond ale this weekend. We have a lot of people coming over for Thanksgiving and they are all of the Bud Light crowd. They love both these brews though. Have been able to convert a few to craft beers.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: tesla_hv on November 07, 2009, 03:19:53 PM
An all-Simcoe "Christmas Tree" beer.  Bascially it's going to be a Pliny the Elder clone but with all Simcoe hops.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 07, 2009, 03:38:24 PM
Another Pale Ale. Brewing with my knucklehead friends. Nothing special.

However, I am prepping for a Stein beer project. Drilling granite blocks so I can rig it and drop the heated stones into a wooden brewing vessel.

Just finished drilling 9 granite blocks, which is harder than it sounds.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm158/KING__SIZE_photos/GraniteBeer084.jpg)
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: akr71 on November 07, 2009, 04:10:23 PM
Nothin this week  :(  SWMBO really wants to help out on the next batch, so I gotta pick a time when she and I are both off on a week day together (so neither one of us has to keep an eye on the kids).

Looks like Nov 27.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: weazletoe on November 07, 2009, 08:45:31 PM
I'm not sure what I'm brewing. What can I make with about 8# of two row, some flaked barley, a couple pounds of honey malt, and a buttload of assorted hops?  You give me recipe, and that's what I'll be brewing.
   If not, I just be messing with the new pump, and fine tuning plans for my new rig.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 07, 2009, 09:42:48 PM
I'm not sure what I'm brewing. What can I make with about 8# of two row, some flaked barley, a couple pounds of honey malt, and a buttload of assorted hops?  You give me recipe, and that's what I'll be brewing.
   If not, I just be messing with the new pump, and fine tuning plans for my new rig.

How about a 5 gallon batch of Creamy Honey Ale?

8# 2-row
1# Flaked Barley
.25# Honey Malt

Mash at 154.  Bitter with a clean bittering hop to between 20-25 IBUs.  Maybe do a mild flavor/aroma addition at 15 minutes with a low-alpha hop.  Ferment with US-05/1056 in the low 60s.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: woody on November 07, 2009, 09:58:14 PM
Skipping work on Monday so I'll be stirring decoctions most of the day for a Bock
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: weazletoe on November 07, 2009, 11:27:29 PM
I'm not sure what I'm brewing. What can I make with about 8# of two row, some flaked barley, a couple pounds of honey malt, and a buttload of assorted hops?  You give me recipe, and that's what I'll be brewing.
   If not, I just be messing with the new pump, and fine tuning plans for my new rig.

How about a 5 gallon batch of Creamy Honey Ale?

8# 2-row
1# Flaked Barley
.25# Honey Malt




Mash at 154.  Bitter with a clean bittering hop to between 20-25 IBUs.  Maybe do a mild flavor/aroma addition at 15 minutes with a low-alpha hop.  Ferment with US-05/1056 in the low 60s.

Holy crap! That's a great idea. It sounds so awful, it just might work. I just might do that tomorrow. Thanks man.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: novabrew on November 08, 2009, 03:04:25 AM
I think I'll do 10 gallons of my APA, one keg dry hopped with 1 oz Cascade the other with 1 oz Amarillo.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dhacker on November 08, 2009, 01:16:13 PM
Another Pale Ale. Brewing with my knucklehead friends. Nothing special.

However, I am prepping for a Stein beer project. Drilling granite blocks so I can rig it and drop the heated stones into a wooden brewing vessel.

Just finished drilling 9 granite blocks, which is harder than it sounds.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm158/KING__SIZE_photos/GraniteBeer084.jpg)

Nice rocks, King!  ;D
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 08, 2009, 06:02:31 PM
It's going to be interesting to make beer like it's 900AD. As soon as the project is done I'll write a how to article.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: scottyb on November 08, 2009, 07:23:56 PM
Brewed the My heart of darkness dark lager/rouch beer the other day.  The recipe was in the latest Zymurgy.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: dhacker on November 08, 2009, 07:44:44 PM
It's going to be interesting to make beer like it's 900AD. As soon as the project is done I'll write a how to article.

Look forward to the article. Chuck Skypeck at Ghost River Brewery in Memphis (they also make Bosco's beer) makes Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer. (2005 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner)

North America's “Original Steinbier.” Brewed using a traditional German technique, stones heated in our wood fired ovens are lowered into the beer during the brewing process, giving the beer its unique caramel character. Awarded “Three Stars” by Michael Jackson, the world’s leading beer writer. Great with salads and lightly flavored dishes.
O.G. 1048 I.B.U. 16/i]
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 10, 2009, 01:20:09 AM
Look forward to the article. Chuck Skypeck at Ghost River Brewery in Memphis (they also make Bosco's beer) makes Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer. (2005 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner)

North America's “Original Steinbier.” Brewed using a traditional German technique, stones heated in our wood fired ovens are lowered into the beer during the brewing process, giving the beer its unique caramel character. Awarded “Three Stars” by Michael Jackson, the world’s leading beer writer. Great with salads and lightly flavored dishes.
O.G. 1048 I.B.U. 16/i]

The only steinbier I have ever had was made by Brauerei Hofstetten. Great beer. They have some pics of the open fermentation in carved granite vessels.

All that sounds good, but the pics are really cool. http://www.hofstetten.at/gallery/index.php?action=view&entity=preview&key=55
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 10, 2009, 01:28:49 AM
It's going to be interesting to make beer like it's 900AD. As soon as the project is done I'll write a how to article.

Look forward to the article. Chuck Skypeck at Ghost River Brewery in Memphis (they also make Bosco's beer) makes Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer. (2005 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner)

North America's “Original Steinbier.” Brewed using a traditional German technique, stones heated in our wood fired ovens are lowered into the beer during the brewing process, giving the beer its unique caramel character. Awarded “Three Stars” by Michael Jackson, the world’s leading beer writer. Great with salads and lightly flavored dishes.
O.G. 1048 I.B.U. 16

I used to work at Boscos in Nashville when I was in college (1997-2001).  Chuck was head brewer when I started, but left for Memphis a year or so later.  Fred Scheer took over and is still the head brewer at Boscos Nashville.  I remember when Michael Jackson came to Boscos to evaluate our beer.  It was a cool experience, but it was before I got into homebrewing.  I think I would have appreciated his presence a lot more now.  RIP Michael.

Anyway, I've had many a Flaming Stone.  It's a decent blonde ale, but, to be totally honest, I don't really remember detecting a "unique caramel flavor."  Maybe my palate just wasn't as discriminating back then, but I always sort of felt like the whole Steinbier thing was a bit of a novelty.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 10, 2009, 02:14:53 AM
I never had the flaming stone, but I am interested and will grab one when I get a chance.

As for my personal tasting notes the austrian granit beer definately had a smoky, caramel flavor. Is it a novelty, maybe. I like brewing history, and I would guess alot of other brewers do as well. Traditional methods like decotion mashes are still practiced, archeologists scrape beer stone off of clay vessels, and cultivate yeast from prehistoric amber - so yeah I guess there is an audience for this sort of beer geekdom. The end result should be good beer, regardless of the method.
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on November 10, 2009, 02:39:12 AM
I never had the flaming stone, but I am interested and will grab one when I get a chance.

As for my personal tasting notes the austrian granit beer definately had a smoky, caramel flavor. Is it a novelty, maybe. I like brewing history, and I would guess alot of other brewers do as well. Traditional methods like decotion mashes are still practiced, archeologists scrape beer stone off of clay vessels, and cultivate yeast from prehistoric amber - so yeah I guess there is an audience for this sort of beer geekdom. The end result should be good beer, regardless of the method.

I certainly didn't intend my impression of the Flaming Stone to detract you from brewing a steinbier.  You should definitely brew one -- it's a completely cool and truly unique brewing method!
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: tntjr on November 10, 2009, 02:52:33 AM
Nothing brewing but it's time to move the marzen and holiday spiced ale to secondary.

Tom
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week -- 2009 Nov 4-10?
Post by: jackfromjax on November 11, 2009, 12:54:18 AM
Shop didn't have any rauch malt for my smoked porter...sadness.

I did, however, brew 10gal of a dry stout.  I used an additional lb of debittered black malt in addition to the roasted barley for color.  It looks like a ten-fidy.  Can't wait to try it.

I also brewed 6gal of Flanders Red.  After primary, I'm going to dump it on the dregs of my one year old Flanders (really sour), let it go for 6mos to a year and then blend.

Sipping on a Jolly Pumpkin La Roja.....Mmmmmmmmmmm
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week -- 2009 Nov 4-10?
Post by: KING__SIZE on November 11, 2009, 01:41:10 AM
Jack, any tips on blending beer? How do you prevent oxidization?
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week -- 2009 Nov 4-10?
Post by: tony on November 11, 2009, 12:12:48 PM
Mashing an APA right now, and I plan on an cream ale Saturday
Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week -- 2009 Nov 4-10?
Post by: jackfromjax on November 11, 2009, 01:39:21 PM
King_Size,
First I'll determine the blending proportions.  I'll do this by pulling off a pint or so of whatever beers I'm blending.  I'll set up small sample glasses and very carefully blend different percentages.  Typically a lambic will be 70% 1-year old with 30% six month old.  Anyway, whatever the final proportions,  your looking for the best balance and greatest complexity.

I keg all of my beers so the process is really the same as normal kegging.  After cleaning the keg is purged with CO2, which is heavier than air so the cap can be removed without risk of losing CO2.  As the beer is racked into the keg, the liquid forced the CO2 out of the opening at the top.  I have a cvpvc measuring stick with markings on the side for the various kettles, mash tuns, liquor tanks, kegs that I use.  The markings are calibrated at 1gal increments so I can determine the exact volumes of the various vessles.  I will apply the final proportion to the blend, keg the beer, and purge the head space with CO2.  After carbonation, I'll use a beer gun to bottle.

I've used a similar method when bottle conditioning as well.  I'll take my stainless steel boil kettle and follow the same procedure noted above.  Once I have the racked beer in the kettle I'll mix in the boiled, cooled, DME and additional yeast being carefull not to splash.  I've never really had a problem with oxidation.  Good Brewing - Cheers!



Title: Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
Post by: yeastmaster on December 17, 2009, 04:44:59 AM
Another Pale Ale. Brewing with my knucklehead friends. Nothing special.

However, I am prepping for a Stein beer project. Drilling granite blocks so I can rig it and drop the heated stones into a wooden brewing vessel.

Just finished drilling 9 granite blocks, which is harder than it sounds.

(http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm158/KING__SIZE_photos/GraniteBeer084.jpg)

That's pretty cool.  My homebrew club it thinking about doing a steinbier this winter