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Title: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on May 25, 2011, 10:18:02 AM
Whatcha got going my brothers, my sisters, my fathers, my mothers?

It's creeping into summer - so what's on the table?
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: denny on May 25, 2011, 10:18:32 AM
Batch #400 this weekend...still finalizing the recipe.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on May 25, 2011, 10:19:41 AM
400 batches? Done any good ones yet? :P
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: denny on May 25, 2011, 10:22:19 AM
400 batches? Done any good ones yet? :P

A couple were drinkable.  You?  ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on May 25, 2011, 10:27:56 AM
A couple were drinkable.  You?  ;)

Getting there.. any day now. I can just feel it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: chumley on May 25, 2011, 10:37:30 AM
My weissbier should be done fermenting this weekend....so I am thinking roggenbier with that nice yeast cake of WY3333.  Unfortunately, I am out of rice hulls.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: denny on May 25, 2011, 10:39:49 AM
My weissbier should be done fermenting this weekend....so I am thinking roggenbier with that nice yeast cake of WY3333.  Unfortunately, I am out of rice hulls.

Although I usually tell people that they probably don't need rice hulls, I think a roggen would be one where I'd recommend the opposite.  Have you got a recipe together for it, chumley?
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: bluesman on May 25, 2011, 11:38:51 AM
Kegging my Bo-Pils and finishing the last bit of wiring on my brewstand. Hope to start testing it with water...yea that's right only water until I'm confident with the burner firing and temp control.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: SpanishCastleAle on May 25, 2011, 11:51:07 AM
Making my second mead evar, a strawberry mead/melomel.  Actually mixing it tonight sans yeast, letting it sit on the campden until tomorrow night, then I'll hydrate/pitch the yeast.  Then I'll have a long 3-day weekend to degas/punch and try to keep the temp down.

Then I'm helping/stewarding Meadllenium (http://www.cfhb.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=26).  I have tasted less than half a dozen meads in my life...hope to learn a lot about mead this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: tygo on May 25, 2011, 12:12:32 PM
Brewing up a Kolsch tomorrow and then getting ready for a party at my place on Saturday.  I'll have a keg of my BoPils and one of the latest batch of the ESB on tap.  Friday will be spent creating the pulled pork BBQ.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on May 25, 2011, 12:43:25 PM
Should be a kegging and cleaning weekend, and pitching some bugs into a Flanders.  Possibly dry hopping an IPA and CDA.  Other little maintenance stuff too, I need to visit the container store for more grain storage bins.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on May 25, 2011, 03:50:04 PM
Brewing an American IPA. Sampling my helles. Drinking CAP, hefeweizen, and bitter.  8)

edit: Since my supply has been running low lately (cashed my landlord ale last night), I'm going to brew a Surly Bender clone this weekend too.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: bluesman on May 25, 2011, 05:53:46 PM
Friday will be spent creating the pulled pork BBQ.

Now that's what I'm talking about.  ;D
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: BrewingRover on May 25, 2011, 06:05:58 PM
I've got one IPA to bottle and another to rack or maybe just dry hop in the primary. I can't decide if I want to harvest any of the slurry.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: chumley on May 26, 2011, 03:36:22 PM
My weissbier should be done fermenting this weekend....so I am thinking roggenbier with that nice yeast cake of WY3333.  Unfortunately, I am out of rice hulls.

Although I usually tell people that they probably don't need rice hulls, I think a roggen would be one where I'd recommend the opposite.  Have you got a recipe together for it, chumley?

No recipe yet....I do have 5 lbs. of rye malt and a pound of crystal malt....thinking of that, maybe 4 lbs. of pils, a pound of MFB special aromatic, 18 IBUs of Tetts....hmmm, sounds like I have a recipe.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: denny on May 26, 2011, 03:37:45 PM
Crystal, huh?  I wouldn't have guessed crystal was used in a roggenbier recipe, but you know how familiar I am with anything that includes wheat!  ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: kgs on May 26, 2011, 03:40:04 PM
Brewing a clone of Bell's Two-Hearted Ale this Monday. Hoping to get in a little "research" this weekend too!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: cheba420 on May 26, 2011, 04:17:07 PM
No brewing for me this weekend. I'll make this more of a drinking weekend. Which means.....I'll have to do some brewing next weekend to catch up and replenish my supply! :)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: brontotex on May 26, 2011, 05:14:26 PM
Cross Czech Steam Ale.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: ibru on May 26, 2011, 05:19:42 PM
Moving the Kolsch from the conical to cornies for more lagering and making a yeast starter tonight. I put some finings in the Kolsch last Saturday to clear it up. I think it's going to be a pretty good beer. Even without carbonation it tastes very clean and crisp (trying to do a better job of evaluating my beers as I read Gordon's book).

Then I will be brewing a Czech Pils either Sunday or Monday whenever the inlaws leave.

Have a fun, safe weekend fellow brewers!!.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: jeffy on May 26, 2011, 05:21:04 PM
Moving 15 gallons of beer around to other fermenters and kegs, dry-hopping a hopfenweisse, and brewing a berliner weisse if everything works out like it should.  Trying out my new BeerSmith program.  Plus a lot of yard work - it'll be nice to have Monday off.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: idris_arslanian on May 27, 2011, 07:14:14 AM
Trying to get back into the hobby this weekend by cleaning out the canning/brewing room so I can take stock in what I have and what I need. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: chumley on May 27, 2011, 07:50:11 AM
Yeah, crystal rye probably isn't to style, but I won a pound of the stuff, and need to figure what to do with it.  Since I've never had a roggenbier, style doesn't mean too much to me, anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: phillamb168 on May 27, 2011, 07:51:42 AM
10-gallon batch of a Pliny clone with a few modifications... Simcoe hops stay, but I'm subbing out the other hops for Nelson Sauvin and Amarillo, and using a bottle-cultivated Bell's yeast. Maybe. Depends on how it propogates up. I may just have everybody dump their Pliny dregs into the beer ;-)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Mark G on May 27, 2011, 08:20:27 AM
No brewing, but lots of sharing. We'll have family visiting all weekend to see the baby. Knowing my family, it means I'll be cleaning emptied kegs at the end of the weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: redbeerman on May 27, 2011, 09:03:13 AM
Brisket, chicken, and ribs.  Oh, brewing you say, that saison that I was supposed to do last weekend will be done this weekend, dang it! ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: punatic on May 27, 2011, 10:45:39 AM
400 batches? Done any good ones yet? :P
:D  Got a good laugh from dat one!

This is the first weekend of summer for those who live north of the Mason-Dixon Line (I was gonna say yankees, but though better of it).  That's cause for homebrewing.

Have a good friend here visiting.  He wants to do the climb to Mokuaweoweo (Mauna Loa's summit cauldera at 13,677ft.). If the weather looks good we'll be doing that.  It's not Everest, but it's a bit of a challenge.

The lehua nectar flow is rockin now too.  Might be extracting some lehua honey this weekend.

And then there's Phil's streaming brew session live from France on Saturday night (Hawaiian time)...

Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Beer Monger on May 27, 2011, 10:51:09 AM
No brewing for me - just kegging my latest IPA & getting my Oktoberfest in a keg to start lagering... 

BBQ time!  :) 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Pinski on May 27, 2011, 11:00:35 AM
Denny's Rye IPA

Denny- If I'm doing a 10 gallon batch, should I just double all amounts for your recipe? If so, would you recommend adding rice hulls for a slotted pipe drain?
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbarber on May 27, 2011, 11:06:59 AM
No brewing this weekend, just drinking. 

Made a batch of peach melomel last night, so I'll be keeping an eye on that.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: coastsidemike on May 27, 2011, 11:41:01 AM
IPA time.  looking for some subtle flavors with 10% rye + 10% wheat, using Crystal and Smaragd Hops. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: scooter2374 on May 27, 2011, 03:01:54 PM
Brewing a blonde ale and an amber ale and racking a couple others around
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Steve on May 29, 2011, 05:23:45 AM
An all-grain Hefeweizen on Monday while I remember all of those veterans of wars. I made a starter Friday. Since I was never in the service, I'm grateful for their service. 

How many homebrewing service personnel brew while on active duty?  Having a carboy in the barracks is probably impractical and frowned upon.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: alikocho on May 29, 2011, 09:30:05 AM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: jeffy on May 29, 2011, 09:34:00 AM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.
Mine got cancelled because the yeast blend wasn't available.
Congratulations on your new daughter!

I'm doing an IPA with some El Dorado hops instead.  Smells great in the back yard today.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: tschmidlin on May 29, 2011, 09:46:29 AM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.
Congratulations!  You can always post the stats of that creation, instead of the one you intended for today. ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: alikocho on May 29, 2011, 10:31:03 AM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.
Congratulations!  You can always post the stats of that creation, instead of the one you intended for today. ;)
8lbs 1oz. As yet unamed. Born at home and delivered by the doula as neither a midwife or paramedics could make it in time

Mother and baby are well and resting.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on May 29, 2011, 12:08:49 PM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.

Congrats!  Is this your first or second?  My wife and I just had our second (a daughter) in March.  I've found that I was able to stay sane by relying on family to help out (which they were more than willing to do) and to find some time to brew.  The brewing really helped me stay sane for the first few weeks.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: alikocho on May 29, 2011, 01:59:31 PM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.

Congrats!  Is this your first or second?  My wife and I just had our second (a daughter) in March.  I've found that I was able to stay sane by relying on family to help out (which they were more than willing to do) and to find some time to brew.  The brewing really helped me stay sane for the first few weeks.

This is the second. We have a son who is nearly four.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Mark G on May 29, 2011, 02:04:45 PM
Today's Berliner Weisse got canceled as my daughter decided she needed to be born.
Congratulations!
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: Hokerer on May 29, 2011, 03:37:25 PM
That ESB that I never got around to last weekend is in the fermenter.  Still got a few degrees of cooling to go before I can pitch.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: kgs on May 30, 2011, 06:53:18 AM
Heating the strike water in the kitchen but concerned about how windy it has become, despite weather reports to the contrary. Could defer until Thursday, first day of vacation. The other option is go for it and do a split boil on the stove. Have a few minutes to decide.

Edit: I think alikocho brought us all good luck! The wind died down and it was a wonderful brew session--relaxing, fun, learned a little more, was able to get other things done and even finish up ahead of schedule, and now have 3 gallons of my umpty-ump attempt at Two-Hearted Ale in the fermenter. Congrats alikocho.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dannyjed on May 30, 2011, 07:25:32 AM
congrats Alikocho! I'm making a Scottish Ale.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: redbeerman on May 30, 2011, 12:18:31 PM
Brisket, chicken, and ribs.  Oh, brewing you say, that saison that I was supposed to do last weekend will be done this weekend, dang it! ;)

Congratulations on your new daughter.  Can you say wrapped?  You will be.   ;)  I speak from experience.  10 gallons of saison happily bubbling away. ;D
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on May 30, 2011, 10:39:23 PM
Just put to bed the last of the Saisons for the NHC.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: jeffy on May 31, 2011, 04:38:06 AM
Ya know that bumper sticker that says, "a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work?"  Well, I can now tell you that a bad day homebrewing is not any better than a bad day at work.
My brew day Sunday was frustrating at almost every turn.  Most of the problems came from using some huge cones of whole hops that kept getting stuck in all the valves, pumps, drains and chiller.  I ended up pouring almost ten gallons of still warm wort, hops and all, into another 1/2 bbl keg to ferment.  I hope I made beer.
The thing about brewing is that you're always learning something.  I learned that if I'm going to make an IPA with whole hops, I will need to modify my kettle drain.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: dbeechum on May 31, 2011, 07:58:25 AM
Jeff, I feel your pain there! Had a few brew days stopped dead in their tracks due to the same issue.
Title: Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 5/27 Edition
Post by: chumley on May 31, 2011, 08:19:08 AM
My first roggenbier took time, but it came out okay.  First, I don't think my idea of grinding 6.5 lbs. of malted rye into flour was such a great idea.  But, I compensated for that by adding 2 lbs. of rice hulls to the mash.  With a step infusion mash of 85°F (10 min) - 105°F (20 min) - 140°F (40 min) - 152°F (60 min), the boiling water infusions filled my 10 gallon gott to the brim....and I only has 13 lbs. of malt in the mashtun.  

The beer drained 2 gallons of wort, then got stuck.  I just re-stirred it, recirculated a bit, then the remainder drained just fine.  No issues with the addition 2 gallons I batch sparged with.

Second, the wort had a crazy hot break....foam was 3-4 inches thick.  Took a bit of finessing with the propane burner to avoid a boilover

Ended up with 5.5 gallons of 1.060 roggenbier fermenting nicely in my 60°F basement.

Oh, and here is my final recipe:

6 lbs. rye malt
0.5 lbs. crystal rye
1.5 lbs. Clobal pils
2 lbs. Weyerman munich
1.5 lbs. MEB special aromatic
0.5 lbs. Dingemann aromatic
2 oz. Carafa II dehusked
2 lbs. rice hulls

Boil for 90 min.
1.25 oz. Tettnangers 60 min
0.50 oz. Saaz 15 min

Pitch on WY3333 yeast cake.