Beer Name:    German Pils (with Weyermann Bohemian Pils malt)

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Grains:          10 lbs Weyermann Bohemian Pils

 

Hops:           1 oz German Tradition 5.9% 60 min

                     .5 oz German Tradition 5.9%  30 min

                     .5 oz German Tradition 5.9%  0 min 

 

Yeast:         Wyeast 2124 Bohemian lager. Made 1 liter starter 20 hours prior.

 

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          01/14/17                      01/25/17                                  02/04/17

Gravity:                     1.054                            1.009                                       1.009

% Alcohol:                 7.1                                1.1                                           1.1

% Sugar:                    13.5                              2.1                                           2.1

Temp of reading:       60                                 60                                            60

Notes:

 - 12.5 qts  166 > 153 > ice > 150.  After 60 min > 149.

- add 8 qts boiling > 164.

- collected 3.3 gallons of 15 brix.

- added 3 gallons 178 > 168.

- 2nd runnings were 7 brix. Had 6.5 gallons of 11 brix. Boiled maybe 5 min before adding first hops.

- ended with just under 5 gallons in fermenter and the yeast starter got it to be just over.

- fermenting now a couple days later around 46-48.

01/25/17 - Clean aroma. Taste is nice. Not clear. Tiny bit of yeast flavor but not much. Smooth, clean, pretty good start. Expect it to turn out well.

03/13/17 Has cleared up pretty well. Kind of a lager character. Drinks nice with some bitterness and good flavor. I am liking the malt. I will see if I think it's actually better than say Rahr Pils after more sampling.

03/28/17 I think this probably is a little more flavorful and has an overall higher quality taste than the Rahr Pils malt. I suppose that is not surprising. Both make nice beers but in some situations you get what you pay for.

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Beer Name:    India Pale Lager (with some Chevallier malt)

  

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Grains:          6 lbs Chevallier

                       4.5 lbs Rahr Old World Pils (had some left)

                       2 lbs Rahr Pils

                       .5 lbs Carapils 6L

                       .5 lbs Carastan 30-40L 

 

Hops:           HX30 Hop shot 5ml  60 min

                     1 oz Columbus 14.1 % AA 30 min

                     1 oz Warrior 18.3% AA  hop stand 30 min

                     1 oz Chinook 9.4% AA hop stand 30 min

                     1 oz Citra 13.6% AA  hop stand 15 min

                     1 oz Amarillo 8.0% AA  hop stand 15 min 

 

Yeast:         Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager washed from above. Starter made day prior.

 

Misc:            2 cups (~1 lb) white sugar, 30 min.

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          02/11/17                     03/01/17                                  03/05/17

Gravity:                     1.068                          1.010                                        1.010

% Alcohol:                 9                                  1.2                                           1.2

% Sugar:                    17                                2.5                                           2.5

Temp of reading:       60                                60                                            60

Notes:

- Attempting to see if the Chevallier sweet character is less if it is only half the grain bill instead of just about all of it.

- 17 qts 168 > 155 > ice > 151.  After 1 hour > 151.

- added 8 qts boiling > 163.  Collected 4.25 gallons of 16 brix.

- added 3 gallons of 177 > 166.  2nd runnings 8.5 brix.

- 7.4 gallons of 13 brix before boiling (took about 3/4 qt for yeast starter for Surly beer).

- boiled 1 gallon on stove for 45 min.

- ended with 5.25 gallons before adding yeast starter.

03/01/17 - beer is orange? Darker than past ones? From Chevallier? Orange, lemon aroma? Taste is a little sweet with bitter grapefruit (?) Huh. Some alc warming. Really kind of bitter. Will be interesting to see. Not too thin on mouthfeel though. Seems a little different than what I remember from past ones even though hops were the same. More bitterness from "hot" hop stand?

03/05/17  Not long after racking but Czech Pils ran out. Aroma? Taste is a little striking, in your face, bitter, strong. I think with some carbonation and a couple weeks it will be good.

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Beer Name:    AHA Surly Wort Rally (beer brewed by Surly, see below for description)

 

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Grains:          see below.

 

Hops:        

 

Yeast:           Wyeast 2124 washed from above. Starter made (with IPL wort) day prior.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          02/13/17                      03/02/17                                  03/30/17

Gravity:                     1.064                            1.015                                       1.013

% Alcohol:                 8.2                                2                                              1.9                   

% Sugar:                    16                                 4                                              3.5

Temp of reading:       60                                 60

Notes:

- "Surly Brewing Co. provide a slightly tart, oaked pale base wort that will be conducive to a variety of fermentation and aging processes. The malt bill primarily consists of Simpson’s Golden Promise malt, accentuated by Weyermann Wheat Malt, Weyermann Acidulated Malt, and Grain Millers Flaked Wheat (all malt/adjuncts were graciously donated by BSG). The wort will be further acidified and oaked through mysterious processes designed by Surly’s brewing team. Bittering hops will be minimal, with IBUs estimated at 10-15."

- I attended the wort rally, met several DonO YT fans, drank a glass of Barrel-aged Darkness, then a Brett IPA. Got my wort in a bucket and when at home I pour it into a sanitized glass carboy (that was my only additional aeration). Pitched yeast and it was bubbling later that day.

 03/02/17 - Crystal red ale, sweet, honey malt. Some hops? Any tartness? Interesting. Will age it cold for probably a few weeks and maybe that will change it. Not bad. Hard to pin down. Kinda orangey.

03/30/17 Foamy, CO2. Nice light red/orange color. Pretty clear. Sweet, spicy. Is there spices? Wow. Where did that come from? Not from my yeast. Not hoppy. Hops almost not detectable. Some "Munich" sweetness like an Octoberfest. This beer keeps changing. Wonder if they are messing with us.

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Beer Name:    Helles

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Grains:         4.5 lbs Chevallier

                      5.5 lbs Weyermann Bohemian Pils

                     .5 lbs Carapils

                     .5 lbs Munich 

 

Hops:         .5 oz German Tradition 9.8% AA  60 min

                   .5 oz German Tradition 9.8% AA  45 min 

 

Yeast:         Wyeast 2124, Bavarian lager, washed from above, starter made 14 hours prior.

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          03/11/17                      03/25/17                                 05/29/17

Gravity:                     1.055                            1.009                                      1.009

% Alcohol:                 7.3                                1.1                                           1.1

% Sugar:                   14                                  2.4                                           2.4

Notes:

 - used remaining grain from Dawson/Chip. Last lager of the season.

- 14 qts 166 > 154 > ice > 151. After 1 hour > 150.

- Add 8 qts boiling > 163.

- collected 3.9 gallons of 15 brix.

- add 3 gallons of 174 > 165.  2nd runnings were 7 brix. Had 7 gallons of 11.5 brix. (Pulled 1 qt for starter).

- boiled 1 gallon on kitchen stove in a pot for about an hour to reduce volume.

- ended with 5 gallons even before adding liter starter.

- fermenting about 50 deg.

03/25/17  Not clear. Darker than some? Aroma? Mostly malty taste. Not very crisp. Soft. Tasty enough though. The Chevallier must be making it more sweet and less crisp than the usual Helles.

05/29/17  Sample is clear. Added gelatin anyway. Just a super clean, malty smooth tasty beer. Can get a little bit of Chevallier sweetness but not too much. Maybe better without it but it will be OK.

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Beer Name:    Two Track Pale Chinook

 

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Grains:          10 lbs of Two Track Okefenokee Pale malt

 

Hops:             1 oz Chinook 9.4% AA 60 min

                       1 oz Chinook 9.4% AA  0 min 

                    

Yeast:           Omega Yeast labs New Jersey Ale OYL-045. starter made night before.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          04/08/17                     04/16/17                                  04/25/17

Gravity:                     1.045                           1.008                                        1.008

% Alcohol:                 5.8                               1.1                                            1.1

% Sugar:                   11.2                              2                                               2

Notes:

- 12 qts 164 > 149 > heat a little up on stove and return to mash > 151. After 1 hour > 149.

-Add two gallons boiling > 165.  Collected 3.1 gallons of 13.5 brix.

- Added 3 gallons of 172 > 165.  2nd runnings 6 brix.   Had 6.5 gallons of 10.5 brix.

- boiled for 60 min and ended with about 4.95 gallons before adding yeast.

- fermenting around 65 deg. Temp range of yeast is 66-72.

04/16/17 Lower attenuation from this yeast? Huh. Not super clear. Fairly light in color. Aroma? Somewhat sweet initially but finishes kind of bitter. Chinook flavor? It's ok, kind of like a session ipa sort of thing. Should have mashed higher? Should be an easy drinker.

04/25/17 Pretty clear now. Light in color. Taste is not especially complex. Little bitterness and pepper flavor from Chinook. It might be an ok thirst quencher. But the malt? Kind of light? Or is that because it fermented so low. We'll see.

 

 

 

 

Beer Name:    Two Track IPA

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VIDEO of tasting these Two Track beers.

 

Grains:          10 lbs Two Track Bandlands Sunset (~Pils)

                       3 lbs Dakota M6 (~Munich)       

                       2 lbs Denhoff 

 

Hops:             HX Hop Shot 5ml  60 min

                      1 oz Columbus 13.1% AA  30 min

                      1 oz Chinook 9.4% AA  hop stand 30 min

                      1 oz Amarillo (older crop)  hop stand 30 min

                      1 oz Motueka 7.0% AA  hop stnad after cooled a bit.  15 min

                      1 oz Mosaic 12.1% AA  hop stand after cooled a bit  15 min 

 

Yeast:          Washed from above Omega New Jersey ale

 

Misc:            2 cups white sugar

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          05/06/17                      05/18/17                                  05/28/17

Gravity:                     1.071                           1.011                                        1.010

% Alcohol:                 9.5                                1.5                                            1.2

% Sugar:                   18                                  3                                               2.5

Notes:

-19 qts 167 > 156 > ice > 152.  After 1 hour 151.

- add 2 gallons boil > 162. Collect 3.7 gallons of 15 brix.

- (took .5 qt of first runnings for starter, added another .5 qts water to dillute)

- add 3 gallons of 180 > 167. 2nd runnings were 8.5 brix.

- 7.2 gallons of 12 brix

- ended with 5 gallons before adding liter starter

-fermenting 65-66 deg range

05/18/17  Mango, juicy orange, pine aroma. Taste is bitter but malt is there. Malt flavor? Kind of muted still. Decent balance and start.

05/28/17 Will cool overnight in fridge and add gelatin tomorrow. Kind of dank aroma but also tropical fruit. Denhoff malt? Maybe bit of toasted nuttiness? Hydrometer sample is clear but the Two Track Pale was too (so chill haze on that one)?  The hop schedule worked great in this and it's an interesting slight roast flavored malt profile with great hop flavor.

07/10/17  Keg kicked recently. This beer ended up pretty tasty. The hop bill works well. I'm still not completely sold on the malt, but I did like the additional character from the Denhoff. It hadded a bit of a lightly burnt, toasted character that reminded me of either Brown Malt or that Ashburne Mild I used.

 

 

Beer Name:    Two Track Warrior Pale

 

Grains:          12 lbs Two Track Badlands Sunset Pils

                        3 lbs Two Track Dakota M6 (Munich) 

 

Hops:             .5 oz Warrior 18.3% AA 60 min

                       .5 oz Warrior 18.3% AA 30 min

                       1 oz Warrior 18.3% AA 0 min 

 

Yeast:         Omega New Jersey yeast (washed from above). Starter made night before.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          06/03/17                     06/11/17                                   06/27/17

Gravity:                     1.060                          1.011                                         1.009

% Alcohol:                 8                                 1.5                                             1.2                           

% Sugar:                    15                                2.6                                             2.5

Notes:

06/03  This grain has been harder to crush than most of the other malts I buy. I noticed that for sure this time around.

-19 qts 172 > 157 > ice > 154. After 65 min was 154.  Mashed higher to see if the final gravity might be a couple points higher to give more malt character. Also dialed back the hop additions to lower bitterness a little.

-took 1 pint of first runnings (15.5 brix) for yeast starter. Collected 3.8 gallons.

-Add 3 gallons of 176 > 166.  2nd runnings were 8 brix.  Had 7.3 gallons or so of 12.5.

-Boiled 1.5 gallons on pot down to about .5 gallons.

-Ended with 5 gallons of wort before adding starter. Fermenting now around 65 deg.

06/11  1 point higher than previous, from mash temp? Not clear. Yeasty aroma. Warrior hop? Looks like NE IPA. Taste is not bad. less bitterness than Two Track Pale Chinook. More malt presence. Need yeast to drop.Some Munich sweetness I think. Finishes a little bitter (hops? yeast?) Should be fair enough.

06/27  Clearer. Nice light color. Hint of orange or copper color. Tastes pretty nice. More malt flavor with M6 than the single malt. Should be decent. See it fermented low again anyway.

08/14/17  This beer has not cleared! Weird. Must be the yeast, or is it the malt? It tastes Ok but I would not seek to repeat it.

 

 

 

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06/04/17  Propane tank filled.

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Beer Name:    Simple Wit

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Grains:          5.75 lbs Rahr two row pale

                      .25 lbs Aromatic

                      3 lbs floor malted pale wheat (Weyermann, I think)

                      1.5 lbs flaked wheat.  

                       .5 lbs rice hulls to help with lautering 

 

Hops:            1 oz German Tradition 3.8% AA 60 min

 

Yeast:           Wyeast 3944 Witbier - starter made night before.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          07/08/17                      skipped                                    07/20/17

Gravity:                     1.047                                                                            1.009

% Alcohol:                 6.1                                                                                 1.1

% Sugar:                   12                                                                                  2.1

Notes:

- 13 qts 167 > 155 > stir > 154.  After 1 hour > 154.  Added rice hulls after 1 hour.

- add 2 qts boiling > 168.  First runnings 13.5 brix.  Collected about 3.3 gallons.

- add 12 qts 170 > 167.  2nd runnings were 7 brix. 

- had 6.5 gallons of 11 brix.  After boil had 5 gallons. 

- fermenting 70-72. Added fermcap but still am having some blowoff (maybe not as much as I would have).

07/20/17 - Color is perfect. Light murky orange. Aroma is orange and coriander (maybe) and witbier yeast. Taste is all that too. Low bitterness. Pretty yummy. Cooled and carbonated and it should be good. Washed yeast for possible future use.

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Name:    Slightly Smoked Stout (tweaked Foreign Extra Stout)

 

Grains:          9 lbs pale

                       3 lbs oak smoked wheat malt

                       10 oz Crystal 80

                       10 oz Crystal 50-60 (Crystal 40 not available)

                       8 oz Chocolate

                       12 oz Roast  

 

Hops:         1.5 oz Magnum 12.6% AA 60 min

                     .5 oz Magnum 12.6% AA  0 min 

 

Yeast:         Omega New Jersey yeast (washed from above). Starter made night before.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          08/12/17                        skipped                                 08/20/17                 

Gravity:                     1.061                                                                           1.013

% Alcohol:                 8.1                                                                               1.9

% Sugar:                   15.5                                                                              3.5

Notes:

- 18 qts 165 > 154 > ice > 152. After 1 hour > 152.

- add 2 qts boiling > 165.

- first runnings were 16.5 brix, collected 3.9 gallons

- add 3 gallons 169 > 163 (? not sure how this happened. Maybe thermom in kitchen is off).

- 2nd runnings were 9.5 brix.  Stopped collecting at 7 gallons. 13 brix.

- boiled some on stove for an hour.

- ended with 5.2 gallons before adding starter so over shot volume a little and got a little lower gravity.

- fermenting ~ 70 deg.

08/20/17 - Some light smoke aroma, roast and chocolate malt too. Taste is a little smokey. Kind of a little harsh or sharp. Lots of yeast still in suspension which I could see even though the beer is dark. Needs a couple of weeks and it should be good. BWCA in a couple days so I wanted to get this kegged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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