Beer Name:    Hellish (variation of Helles)

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Grains:       10.5 lbs Weyermann Barke Pils

                     .5 lbs Two Track Denhoff (kind of like brown malt) 

 

Hops:         1 oz Horizon 10.8% 60 min (but either form 2013 or 2015, so additions made accordingly.

                   1 oz Horizon 10.8% 0 min (if from 2013, 19 IBU's, or if 2015 31 IBU's calculated).

 

Yeast:         Imperial Organic L13 Global. Starter made with some of this wort the night before.

 

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          01/20/18                      02/04/18                                 02/25/18                      

Gravity:                     1.050*                                                                         1.005

% Alcohol:                 6.8                                                                                .8

           

Notes:

*due to doing a whirlpool and siphon process on the chilled wort, my volume to fermenter was low, around 4.1 gallons. Gravity was 1.056 at this point. I added about .4 gallons (10% of volume) and so decreased gravity by 10% accordingly.

- 14 qts 165 > 153 > ice > 149.  After 60 min > 148.

- added 2 gallons boil > 163. Collected 3.4 gallons of 14 brix. (Used 1/2 quart for yeast starter).

- added 3 gallons 180 > 168.  7 brix.  Had 6.8 gallons.  Was 135 deg in morning.

- after pitching 1L yeast starter I had just under 5 gallons (see * above).

- fermenting ~46-48 deg which is at the very low end of temp range. Will bring to slightly warmer after a few days at this cold temp.

02/25/18  It was in a secondary but I didn't write down any notes I guess. Added gelatin at kegging time. Not super clea. Little hop aroma otherwise clean. Clean malt lager character. Finishes with bit of lingering hop bitterness. Pretty nice. Not sure what Denhoff contributed but I will see.

03/18/18  Very clear now. Nice taste. Will do video tasting and we'll see if Denhoff is there.

04/02/18  This turned out nice. It's super clear and fairly crisp. I think I am liking this yeast strain. Did the Denhoff contribute much? Probably not a lot but it might be there just a little. There is maybe a hint of the toasted/burnt character from it. It was a low risk/low reward kind of experiment.

 

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Beer Name:    Bird vs Fish India Pale Lager

 

Grains:          12 lbs Weyermann Barke Pils

                        2 lbs Vertical malt base malt (or just 14 lbs of whatever base malt)

                       .5 lbs Carapils

                       .5 lbs Carastan 30-40L 

 

Hops:          1 oz Chinook 13% AA (2015) -first wort hops

                    1 oz Chinook 13% AA (2015)  15 min

                    1 oz Falconer's Flight 9% AA (2015)  -at flame out. hold ~15m.

                    1 oz Citra 13% (2015)  -at flame out. hold ~15 min     

                    1 oz Falconer's Flight 9% AA (2015)  -chill to below 180, add, hold 10 min.

                    1 oz Citra 13% (2015)  -chill to below 180, add, hold 10 min. 

 

Yeast:         Imperial Organic L13 Global, washed from above. Starter made night before.

 

Misc:          2 cups white sugar, ~1 lb. Added with about 15m left in boil.

 

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          03/03/18                     03/18/18

Gravity:                     1.074                          1.013

% Alcohol:                 9.3

           

Notes:

-19 qts 168 > 158 > ice > 152. After 1 hour > 151.

- add 8 qts boiling > 164.  First runnings 16 brix. 4.4 gallons.

- add 3 gallons 174 > 165. Second runnings 10 brix.

- had almost 8 gallons?! 13 brix pre boil. Boiled some in 2 diff pots for better part of an hour to reduce volume.

- ended with just over 5 gallons before adding 1 liter starter.

- fermenting ~ 46 deg for first few days.

03/18/18  Fermented at cooler temps for maybe week, then brought to lower to mid 60s for several days. Not much aroma right now. Not very clear. Nice orange tint, copper color. Good bitterness with malt balance. Light alc note in finish. Seems like it is off to a nice start.

 

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Beer Name:    Small Batch #1 -Two Track M6, Citra

 

*Recipe for 2 gallons*

Grains:          6 lbs Two Track Malting M6 (~Munich malt)

 

Hops:           .5 oz Citra 13% AA (2015 so couple years old)  45m

                     1.5 oz Citra 13% AA (2015 so couple years old)  flameout. hold 10m. 

 

Yeast:         Imperial Organic L13 Global strain, washed from above. Slurry in pint jar of wash.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          03/18/18

Gravity:                     1.058

% Alcohol:                 7.8

           

Notes:

- lots of firsts: first small batch, first brew in a bag, first time using Avalon Bay induction plate, first all Munich beer.

- 8 qts water 170 > 152/153. After 5 min: 152.  13m: 152.  20m: 152. 43m: 152.  So did not lose any temp even just sitting on induction plate with it off. I thought I might have to turn it on to add heat.

- estimated to lose about 3qts water in 6lbs grain (.5 qt/lb) so heated that much up to about 170F for sparge. Wort was 10 brix.

- ran 3 qts through the grain sitting in bag on a colander over pot. Had to remove some grain or it was too full for colander.

- squeezed bag a little bit and got up to a touch over 2 gallons before boiling.

- setting induction plate at 355F kept it at a decent boil (later turned it up to the next higher setting). 

- let collander sit over pot and drain and later added the few oz that had collected there.

- boil was 45m (prob could try to go down to 30m some time).

- aerated by shaking and not pure O2.

- pitched yeast slurry in a pint jar.  NO starter made this time.  Fermenting now in room in upper 40's.

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Beer Name:    Hoppy Lager (IPL) (using up free yeast, grains and hops)

 

Grains:          6 lbs Weyermann Barke Pils

                       6 lbs Vertical base malt

                       2 lbs Two Track Malting M6 (~Munich) 

 

Hops:            1 oz Comet 10.4% 2015  60min

                      1 oz Comet 10.4% 2015  15min

                      1 oz Pilgrim 10%  2013  flame out. hop stand 15m.                      

                      1 oz Amarillo 8.8% 2013  flame out. hop stand 15m.  

                      1 oz Pilgrim 10%  2013  cool to ~174 then add rest.

                      1 oz Amarillo 8.8%  2013  cool to ~174 then add rest.   

 

Yeast:         Imperial Organic L13 Global strain washed from above. Starter made night before.

 

Misc:

Brew Date:                Rack to Secondary:               Keg Date:

 

Date:                          03/31/18

Gravity:                     1.060

% Alcohol:                 8

           

Notes:

03/31/18  17.5 qts 166 > 153.9 > stirring > 153.3.  After 60m > 152. Add 2 gallons boiling > 164.

- first runnings 16.5 brix, collected 4.1 gallons. Took .5 qt for yeast starter.

- add 3 gallons 178 > 167. 2nd runnings were 8.5 brix.

- 7.1 gallons of around 13 brix.  Boiled some on stove for 45 min.

- ended with 4.8 gallons and 5 gallons after adding starter.

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