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Title: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on March 29, 2011, 10:56:54 am
So, what's everyone planning for April Fool's weekend?  

I won't have a new batch of beer to make, but I do plan to start a new cider - still trying to decide between strawberry and blueberry.  I may also break out my smoker for the 1st time this year and smoke some ribs or a few chickens.  :)  

I also need to keg my latest batch of IPA and start force-carbonating it.  
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: denny on March 29, 2011, 11:02:47 am
Working this weekend, not brewing.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Beer Monger on March 29, 2011, 11:17:28 am
Working this weekend, not brewing.

Boo!  Bummer, man. 
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: hamiltont on March 29, 2011, 11:49:23 am
Kegging 10 gallons of American Rye and attending/participating in the Nebraska Shootout, a state of Nebraska brew club competition held every year.  Cheers!!!
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: blatz on March 29, 2011, 11:55:57 am
Sometime on Saturday, 12gal of Dean Larson's Celebration, starter made yesterday and its stirring away as we speak.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: beersk on March 29, 2011, 12:23:38 pm
I might brew up an Oatmeal Stout.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Tim McManus on March 29, 2011, 12:38:46 pm
American IPA but we're substituting German Pilsner for the 2-row we normally use as a base grain.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: denny on March 29, 2011, 12:39:29 pm
Working this weekend, not brewing.

Boo!  Bummer, man. 

That's show biz!  While other people party, we work....
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Pinski on March 29, 2011, 12:48:01 pm
Kegging: Brewce SpringSting
Racking: Sweet William's IPA

Keezer: Beginning the collar construction.  Yes, I put the cart a tad ahead of the horse... but that horse was effing slow.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Beer Monger on March 29, 2011, 12:50:30 pm
Working this weekend, not brewing.

Boo!  Bummer, man. 

That's show biz!  While other people party, we work....
Show biz, huh?  What's your... uh... 'job'? 
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: rbcraig on March 29, 2011, 01:28:29 pm
Saison du Mont right out of the 2009 Big Brew.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: denny on March 29, 2011, 01:29:58 pm
Working this weekend, not brewing.

Boo!  Bummer, man. 

That's show biz!  While other people party, we work....
Show biz, huh?  What's your... uh... 'job'? 

Head audio engineer at a large performing arts center.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Beer Monger on March 29, 2011, 01:30:56 pm
Working this weekend, not brewing.

Boo!  Bummer, man. 

That's show biz!  While other people party, we work....
Show biz, huh?  What's your... uh... 'job'? 

Head audio engineer at a large performing arts center.

I bet that's pretty fun at times - especially if it's a band/performance you want to see. 

C'mon clock!  I want out so I can go have a beer!
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: beersk on March 29, 2011, 01:32:29 pm
Thought you were ditching that gig, Denny?
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: denny on March 29, 2011, 01:33:36 pm
Thought you were ditching that gig, Denny?

I closed my own studio, but I still do the gig at the Hult Center.  Pays pretty well, great benefits.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Pinski on March 29, 2011, 01:54:01 pm
I grew up in Eugene. Got started at the Home Fermenter Center. Is there still another HBS on Willamette?
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: denny on March 29, 2011, 01:55:29 pm
I grew up in Eugene. Got started at the Home Fermenter Center. Is there still another HBS on Willamette?

The one on Willamette has moved to 13th.  The Home Fermenter Center is where I shop.  Still run by Jim and his wife.
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: Mark G on March 29, 2011, 04:07:14 pm
No brewing this weekend. Heading out on a fishing trip with my brothers and dad to celebrate his retirement. But... We are stopping at Two Bros. Brewing on the way back for a tour/tasting and they have a homebrew shop on the premises...
Title: Re: What's brewing this weekend? 4/1 edition
Post by: dannyjed on March 29, 2011, 04:57:50 pm
IPA all the way
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: ethalacker on March 29, 2011, 06:05:45 pm
Brewing a Belgian Wit and bottling an APA
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: gmac on March 29, 2011, 06:44:59 pm
Tomorrow I'm making a second attempt at an all grain ESB.  9lbs MO, 1 lb crystal 40, EKG hops only for now (1 oz @ 60, 1/2 oz @ 15, 1/2 oz at flameout).  This is the one I'm working on doing over and over to try to perfect.  Lowering the grain bill and hops a bit and re-using the yeast so it should be different but hopefully good. 

I put the first edition in the keg on Monday and it has just enough bubbles today that I could probably force myself to drink another glass (gotta try it to see how it's coming, right?).  Still more bitter than I expected with 1.5 oz at 60.

Then, Friday (work depending) I've got plans for a Steam-style.  Starter (Wyeast 2112) was started this afternoon.  Planning on the exact same grain as above and switching up the hops for Northern Brewer. 

Then, I'm out of carboys and sadly, must stop.  It's pretty hard to get ahead but I'm trying to get at least 3 kegs on the go.  Pick up my new (used but free) freezer on Saturday so that's next.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on March 29, 2011, 06:56:58 pm
I probably won't be brewing this weekend, but if I get the chance, it will be a CAP which I call my Ballpark Pils.  Welcome back, baseball!!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tygo on March 29, 2011, 07:03:40 pm
I'm going to do an extract batch of 70/- some night this week, probably tomorrow night, so I'll have a nice yeast cake to pitch on to for my wee heavy next weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: SiameseMoose on March 30, 2011, 05:31:10 am
Brewing an Imperial Stout, racking an ESB, bottling a Flanders Red.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: redbeerman on March 30, 2011, 10:42:29 am
No brewing this weekend, but will make the starter for the raspberry wit coming up next weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Pinski on March 30, 2011, 11:15:11 am
No brewing this weekend, but will make the starter for the raspberry wit coming up next weekend.

Interesting, you're doing your starter a week in advance?  I was under the impression that 24-48 was the optimal timeframe. Curious about your strategy.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: blatz on March 30, 2011, 11:23:15 am
No brewing this weekend, but will make the starter for the raspberry wit coming up next weekend.

Interesting, you're doing your starter a week in advance?  I was under the impression that 24-48 was the optimal timeframe. Curious about your strategy.

24-48 would be optimal if you were pitching the whole starter into the main wort.

Many of us prefer to crash the starter and decant the spent wort, only pitching the slurry of yeast at the bottom.

A week's about the right amount of time to do this - 2 days or so on the stir plate, then 3-4 days of crashing in the fridge before brewday.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Pinski on March 30, 2011, 11:29:52 am
I see, I that case with that method could one pitch yeast harvested from a big/hoppy/dark ale to a lighter version with minimal influence from the original?
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: blatz on March 30, 2011, 11:38:43 am
I see, I that case with that method could one pitch yeast harvested from a big/hoppy/dark ale to a lighter version with minimal influence from the original?

well, there may still be hop or malt compounds carried by the yeast themselves, but it would certainly be better.  You may want to look into yeast washing if you really want to be OCD about it.

frankly I've never adhered very strictly to the 'rules' about repitching except on the extreme ends of the scale - like I won't repitch yeast from a schwarzbier into a helles, but I don't mind a marzen into a helles.

Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: bluesman on March 30, 2011, 01:13:47 pm
Yesterday I made a starter for the DFH Madbrewers competition beer. On Sunday I'll be brewing a special "mystery beer" for that competition. Details to come before the competition.  ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: miguelpanderland on March 31, 2011, 07:53:16 pm
Dunkelweizen. 

Seems like a great weekend to try my first wheat beer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: punatic on March 31, 2011, 10:55:29 pm
Dad duty weekend here.  Scouts service project Saturday morning, Scouts Court of Honor Saturday evening, school talent show/fund raiser Sunday...  Maybe I can squeak a mead starter iteration in between dadly duties in prep for a Tuesday meadmaking session.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on March 31, 2011, 11:01:09 pm
I'm a single dad this weekend too, but I'm going to try to squeeze (pun intended) in a batch of jeffy's key lime mead (based on Joe's key lime mead).
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tygo on March 31, 2011, 11:17:45 pm
Dad duty weekend here.  Scouts service project Saturday morning, Scouts Court of Honor Saturday evening, school talent show/fund raiser Sunday...  Maybe I can squeak a mead starter iteration in between dadly duties in prep for a Tuesday meadmaking session.

I'd love it if my kids get into scouting.  I started as a Tiger cub when I was about six years old.  But I don't want to pressure them into doing it just because dad did.  All of this is a little premature of course since my sons are three and less than one  :)

I guess I'll start it off soon with my oldest son by going through my patch collection with him.
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Post by: punatic on April 01, 2011, 01:40:10 am
I have a good friend who said something that has stuck with me and inspired my efforts as a Scout leader.  My friend is a prosecuting attorney.  At the last Scouting event of the Scouting year five years ago he was talking to the Pack/Troop about the importance of Scouting, "In my day job I see a lot of young people who have gotten into trouble.  I never see any Scouts in trouble.  I believe this is because we keep our Scouts so busy having fun learning the things that are key to being successful in life that they have no time to get into trouble."
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: beveragebob on April 01, 2011, 03:40:29 am
Working mids at NASA through the weekend but, brewing today after I get home at 7 AM and catch a few Z's then it's out to the garage to brew the DoppelBock......last lager till next season.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: alikocho on April 01, 2011, 05:37:30 am
ESB, making use of homegrown hops.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: ryang on April 01, 2011, 12:53:22 pm
not much time, so just a couple one-gallon cider experiments.

one with one quart with RW Knudsen Hibiscus cooler juice/tea
http://www.knudsenjuice.com/products/natural_juices/hibiscus_cooler

one with one quart 100% tart cherry juice fermented entirely with grown up dregs from sour beers.

thinking of adding a touch of malto-dextrine to keep some body.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Hokerer on April 01, 2011, 01:35:50 pm
Just bottling an APA
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 01, 2011, 01:41:08 pm
not much time, so just a couple one-gallon cider experiments.

one with one quart with RW Knudsen Hibiscus cooler juice/tea
http://www.knudsenjuice.com/products/natural_juices/hibiscus_cooler

one with one quart 100% tart cherry juice fermented entirely with grown up dregs from sour beers.

thinking of adding a touch of malto-dextrine to keep some body.
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: ryang on April 01, 2011, 02:01:10 pm
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 01, 2011, 02:02:08 pm
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.

Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: ryang on April 01, 2011, 02:05:25 pm
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 

again, no personal experience, but from reading, you're in the ballpark.  it's really your preference.  if I'm doing something with fruit, I'm going for a strong presence.  I've got a sour peach and I put in 10lbs in 5gal - delicious.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 01, 2011, 02:07:49 pm
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 

What would you say if it was raspberries?  1lb per gal? 

again, no personal experience, but from reading, you're in the ballpark.  it's really your preference.  if I'm doing something with fruit, I'm going for a strong presence.  I've got a sour peach and I put in 10lbs in 5gal - delicious.

Wow.  OK.  So maybe I'm going too low.  I think I'll use your suggestion & go 10lbs for 5 gals.  I'll post back when I know the result (in a few weeks). 

Is there a way to calculate the proper amount - like we would calculate the amount of water necessary for a mash/sparge?  If there's a formula I should be using... I'll use it!  ;) 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on April 01, 2011, 02:08:44 pm
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you?  

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks.  
From my experience with strawberries I think you'll be disappointed.  It's been a long time, but strawberries probably haven't changed much.  The flavor just never comes through all that strong and fades quickly, the color was weak . . . it was a bummer.  It still tasted good, it just didn't have the impact I was looking for.  It's been ~15 years though, so I don't have any notes on the quantity I used.  Maybe with 10lbs in 5 gallons you'll be happier, I'm sure I didn't use that much.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: ryang on April 01, 2011, 02:12:33 pm
my buddy made a blueberry apfelwein that's pretty darn tasty.  I can't remember how much he added to that, I'd have to ask.  He also did a strawberry (wheat I think) that wasn't so strawberry-y.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 01, 2011, 02:21:39 pm
You seem like the man to ask - I'm gonna start a cider this weekend - apple base, but I'm gonna make it strawberry by adding strawberries to the 2nd fermenter.

For 5 gallons and if I want a pretty prominent strawberry flavor, I'm thinking 4-5 lbs of berries in the seondary.  Sound about right to you? 

Thanks!

sorry, never directly dealt with strawberries myself, but with a 'softer' like strawberries, I'd go with at least that much.  perhaps even up to 1.5 lbs or 2lbs per gallon.
Gotcha.  I'll up it a bit.  Thanks. 
From my experience with strawberries I think you'll be disappointed.  It's been a long time, but strawberries probably haven't changed much.  The flavor just never comes through all that strong and fades quickly, the color was weak . . . it was a bummer.  It still tasted good, it just didn't have the impact I was looking for.  It's been ~15 years though, so I don't have any notes on the quantity I used.  Maybe with 10lbs in 5 gallons you'll be happier, I'm sure I didn't use that much.

Hmmm.  Perhaps I need to use some berries AND some extract.  That should do the trick 'eh?  ;) 


EDIT: Just called my homebrew shop. They have strawberry extract in. I'll pick some up on my way home & use that AND 10lbs of fruit. :) 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on April 01, 2011, 02:27:26 pm
EDIT: Just called my homebrew shop. They have strawberry extract in. I'll pick some up on my way home & use that AND 10lbs of fruit. :) 
Dose the extract into a cider in a glass first and make sure you like it.  I don't have any experience with it, but I had a strawberry porter in Germany that was awful.  The strawberry flavor was clearly extract and really artificial and not appealing.  The beer was also cloyingly sweet, but that's a different issue.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 01, 2011, 02:29:39 pm
EDIT: Just called my homebrew shop. They have strawberry extract in. I'll pick some up on my way home & use that AND 10lbs of fruit. :) 
Dose the extract into a cider in a glass first and make sure you like it.  I don't have any experience with it, but I had a strawberry porter in Germany that was awful.  The strawberry flavor was clearly extract and really artificial and not appealing.  The beer was also cloyingly sweet, but that's a different issue.

Great idea!  I'll pick up a few apple ciders & an extra bottle of extract.  :) 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on April 01, 2011, 02:31:28 pm
EDIT: Just called my homebrew shop. They have strawberry extract in. I'll pick some up on my way home & use that AND 10lbs of fruit. :) 
Dose the extract into a cider in a glass first and make sure you like it.  I don't have any experience with it, but I had a strawberry porter in Germany that was awful.  The strawberry flavor was clearly extract and really artificial and not appealing.  The beer was also cloyingly sweet, but that's a different issue.

Great idea!  I'll pick up a few apple ciders & an extra bottle of extract.  :) 
Maybe stick with one bottle until you know if you like it ;)  Is your local Larry's?

If you do use it I'd recommend dosing it at bottling/kegging as opposed to during fermentation anyway, it will be easier to get the proportion right.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: oscarvan on April 02, 2011, 07:47:03 am
Kegged my Belgian ale with a vile of Brett..... Kegged an IPA and brewed 10 gallons of American Brown Ale......
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: gordonstrong on April 02, 2011, 08:16:54 am
Oh come on.  Brett isn't *that* bad.   ;)

(You meant 'vial' not 'vile')
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Wheat_Brewer on April 02, 2011, 11:21:37 am
Been thinking about an ESB based on Charles' recipe!  I'm trying hard to stay focused on recipe design but with the weather here in Denver being almost 80 degrees it's almost impossible to not drop anything involving the inside and not go hiking or something!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on April 03, 2011, 08:28:47 am
My IPA is kegged!  I had an early taste.  For my first beer in about 7 years, it came out pretty good!  It has some 'haze' (i.e. Not 'clear') but so far that seems to be the only flaw & it tastes pretty good.  I think that may have been due to a longer than expected mash. 

My cider is in the fermenter - next up, crafting my recipe for a chamomile ale.  
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: realbeerguy on April 03, 2011, 08:41:05 am
10 gal of Kolsch (finally!)

Keg 10 of Stout, 5 of a Rye IPA
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: brontotex on April 03, 2011, 09:54:04 am
Brewed a Porter and an IPA yesterday.
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Post by: andrew on April 03, 2011, 10:17:03 am
nothing :( gotta work
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Post by: Thirsty_Monk on April 03, 2011, 06:47:12 pm
Another Bohemian Pilsner
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: phillamb168 on April 04, 2011, 01:56:09 am
Last night was the end of my first ever two-brew day. That was a little too much for me, though, as now I've got a fever, although that may have to do with the 30-degree temperature swing over the past 24 hours.

I did a Bell's THA clone that was a little higher gravity than I expected (1.068 OG) and what I'm going to call a "Garden hose Summer Kolsch" that was SUPPOSED to have an OG of around 1.040 but ended up at 1.035-ish. I didn't have enough boil volume and ended up with a stuck sparge towards the very end of the mash (too much cracked wheat I think. All flakes next time.) so I had to use the, you guessed it, garden hose to fill 'er up to boil volume. I'm not worried about it though, should be an interesting experiment at the least.
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Post by: beersk on April 04, 2011, 08:12:12 am
Eeek, you really used water out of the garden hose?  Them's ain't food grade, brudda. 

I brewed 5 gallons of oatmeal porter with a full pound of black malt, half pound of chocolate rye and a pound of oatmeal.  Should be num num nummers!  Oh and I also built my water up for the first time with RO; only for the mash though.  Used my tap water with the chlorine removed for the sparge.  I'm pretty excited, I hit a much higher efficiency than normal.  I'm thinking I hit a good pH, so that would be why...
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: blatz on April 04, 2011, 08:13:37 am
perfect brewnight, 'cept as I am cleaning up stuff and the WIC is cranking away, I look over to see my flameout hops sitting on the scale  :'(

threw them in at 180df so I should get something. and then worst case, I'll just have to dryhop more, but I'm still pissed cause it was otherwise a flawless session.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? - 4/1 Edition
Post by: beveragebob on May 01, 2011, 09:34:41 pm
Blatz, if you cut the water off to the IC and did a "Hop Stand" for and hour or so, you'd get a great hop flavor and aroma profile.
I brewed an IPA last week that was all FWH, Hop stand at 180F, covered overnight till it got down to 100F, CFWC down to 65F, pitched the yeast and when it is done will dry hop in the keg. Really looking forward to this one.