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Gordon Knight Clone Type Beer

August 20th, 2015

I love the Oskar Blues G’Knight beer. It’s been one of my favorites lately. I’ve never brewed an Imperial Red / Red IPA / Whatever it is. I sure as Hell love drinking them. So based off of the Can You Brew It podcasts and some of my own observations here is what I’ll be brewing:

German Hefeweizen for 2015 Oktoberfest

August 19th, 2015

I always really look forward to Oktoberfest. This year I’ll be brewing a Hefeweizen I’ve brewed in the past. It won medals and was really pleasant. The only change is that LA Homebrew is out of the common Gigayeast, Wyeast and White Labs versions of the hefe strains so I’m going to try the Safbrew Wheat yeast out. Brew day will be August 20.

Given feedback from my latest competition endeavors I’ll adjust the crush on the mill because I’m worried I’m over-crushing a tad. Also will re-evaluate the PH. Feedback was noted astringency. Given the new house has different water it’s not a surprise. I’d also tried a finer crush on the last few beers tinkering with efficiency.

So brew day went well and gravity was around 1.050. The grain bill ended up getting a little interesting due to a small issue at the homebrew shop. On the pilsner it ended up being 1/3 pilsner, 1/3 2-row and 1/3 Heidelberg. In the event this is the best weizen ever I need to know that. I went bigger than typical on the lactic acid trying to keep down astringency due to PH issues.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
12 gal 90 min 12.7 IBUs 4.0 SRM 1.051 SG 1.014 SG 4.8 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Weizen/Weissbier 15 A 1.044 - 1.052 1.01 - 1.014 8 - 15 2 - 8 2.5 - 2.9 4.3 - 5.6 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Rice Hulls 2 lbs 7.14
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 13 lbs 46.43
Wheat Malt, Ger 13 lbs 46.43

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertauer Mittelfrueh 3 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 2.7

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 20.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 12.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safbrew Wheat (WB-06) DCL/Fermentis 68% 59°F - 75°F

Benadict Arnold Stout Rebrew for 2015

August 3rd, 2015

So I tweaked my previous stout which did so well. I enjoyed it but I want more complexity out of it. I’m also using up some Munich and Pilsner malt that needs to be used before it’s too old…………so well maybe it went from tweaking the stout to a totally different beer. Hopefully it’ll work out!

Brewday was Thursday August 6th as I start my new attempt at Thursday night brew nights to get me back to a regular brew schedule of twice a month. Everything went fine and I think it’ll be an ideal way to do this from now on as opposed to trying to fit it in to the weekend. Original gravity was 1.054. I cooled it overnight and pitched dry yeast. Gave it a few hours then hit it with oxygen.

Kegged 8/20/2015

Beer tastes great. I ended up adding 2 light toast American oak staves to one of the kegs. Didn’t sanitize them(whoops). However I added them to the cold beer, it’s 6.5%ABV and I’ll probably give it 2 ounces of a homemade bourbon a co-worker gave me. So I’m not too worried about bacteria given the alcohol and temperature. But now I have a Bourbon Barrel Milk Stout that should be great for the holidays. Had a flat pint of the beer and wanted another so I’m excited!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 23.8 IBUs 37.8 SRM 1.056 SG 1.008 SG 6.3 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Sweet Stout 13 B 1.044 - 1.06 1.012 - 1.024 20 - 40 30 - 40 2 - 2.4 4 - 6 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 5 lbs 37.74
Munich Malt 4 lbs 30.19
Black (Patent) Malt 1 lbs 7.55
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 1 lbs 7.55
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 0.75 lbs 5.66
Toasted Malt 0.25 lbs 1.89
Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L 0.125 lbs 0.94
Roasted Barley 0.125 lbs 0.94
Milk Sugar (Lactose) 1 lbs 7.55

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Goldings, East Kent 1.5 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

American Wheat and Rye Beer

June 25th, 2015

So there’s a competition coming up for Redstick with a small set of categories. I wanted to submit something and this style seemed fun given it’s hotter than hell outside and I’ve never brewed it before. The brew day went very easy with zero issues. I did forget to check gravity because we got rained on but oh well. I think it’ll come out great as it was quickly fermenting away.

Update:
This beer didn’t place in competition with the primary complaint being the Rye was hard to find. I’ll probably brew it again sometime with more rye. I think I’ll switch the hop to something like Cascade next time as well. Score and comments were overall very positive it just didn’t impress enough to get in the top 3.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 23.5 IBUs 3.5 SRM 1.050 SG 1.011 SG 5.1 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Wheat or Rye Beer 6 D 1.04 - 1.055 1.008 - 1.013 15 - 30 3 - 6 2.3 - 2.6 4 - 5.5 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 5 lbs 45.45
Rye, Flaked 3 lbs 27.27
Wheat, Flaked 3 lbs 27.27

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 15 min Boil Pellet 14
Amarillo Gold 0.25 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 8.5

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 7.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 4.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
American Wheat Ale (1010) Wyeast Labs 76% 58°F - 74°F

American Barleywine 2015 Harley of Barley Edition

May 30th, 2015

Although this was loosely based on the barleywine that did so well a couple of years ago it’s pretty different. Given my experiences with rye lately in English barleywine and American black IPA I felt like it’d be a good dose to this beer. Centennial was left out and substituted with Amarillo due to running out of Centennial.(time to order a few more pounds) Given the reception the beer got based on how hoppy it was before I decided to up the ante a little more with some additional flame out hops. Finally I substituted a healthy dose of Munich in place for crystal malts. I’ve found I’m getting far better reception for beers when crystal is balanced with Munich than I got before using straight pale malt with crystal. I think it just adds complexity to the malt bill overall.

So for the first month or so this thing will basically be an American Triple/Quad IPA if you will. I see the American Strong Ale listed in the 2014 BJCP guidelines and given how dry I’m shooting for with this thing I’d bet it could pass for one if it finishes out appropriately.

Brew day was a stormy May 30th and it all went fairly well. Pump lagged a few times but the bigger grain bills seem to stabilize better on mash temperature. I had to modify the recipe some because I had pretty poor efficiency hence the two pounds of DME. Broke my refractometer near the end of the boil but it’d already gotten over 1.1 so I’m pretty certain it’s around the 1.11 we were shooting for. As always with this sort of beer the mash, boil and finished wort was heavenly. Cooled it down to 74ish then put it in the mash tank over night to chill down to 63F before transferring the wort on to the yeast cake from my oat/wheat pale ale I brewed a week or two ago. Oxygen added and it was fermenting in no time. 3 days later it’s still going but slowing down. If it’s anything like the English barleywine it should be terminal gravity by day 5-6.

Update 6/25/2015

I think this beer turned out quite fine. I really enjoy drinking it. I do wish I’d used some aromatic malt in this sucker since it has to warm before you get any of the fine maltiness in the nose. Small detail in the grand scheme of what can typically go wrong with a barleywine. I’m happy!

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
6 gal 90 min 87.8 IBUs 17.5 SRM 1.122 SG 1.022 SG 13.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Barleywine 19 C 1.08 - 1.12 1.016 - 1.03 50 - 120 10 - 19 1.8 - 2.5 8 - 12 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) US 15 lbs 49.79
Munich Malt 6 lbs 19.92
Rye Malt 3 lbs 9.96
Cara-Pils/Dextrine 1 lbs 3.32
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 0.5 lbs 1.66
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 0.25 lbs 0.83
Special B Malt 0.25 lbs 0.83
Pale Chocolate Malt 0.125 lbs 0.41
Light Dry Extract 2 lbs 6.64
Cane (Beet) Sugar 2 lbs 6.64

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 4.5 oz 40 min Boil Pellet 12.5
Amarillo Gold 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 8.5
Citra 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 12
Simcoe 2 oz 0 min Boil Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 10.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 5.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Notes

Was pitched on a yeast cake from an American ale. Also tossed a dry packet I had in there for good measure. Refractometer was dropped and broke so the actual OG was somewhere around 1.10+ last reading before that happened.

Pilsner Wheat Oat Pale Ale

April 18th, 2015

So in my continued trial of multiple combinations of pale ale here we go with the oats & wheat. This is another variation of my pilsner pale ale all of which have been wonderful. This is actually a variation of the Hopasaurus Sex from Zapp’s to be precise.

The brew day went well and I’m certainly looking forward to trying this beer. Fermented it out and racked it to secondary so I could pitch my American barleywine on it’s yeast cake. Added the dry hops and will let it go for about a week before kegging.

Update 8/3/2015

This beer turned out very well. It ended up placing first in American IPA and second in pale ales for clash of the carboys. Interesting since it was about 3 months from it’s complete and ready to drink date which was in May. I think the extra malts and reduction in crystal malts made it more interesting than what judges are typically used to. I think the wheat helps with presentation and bready savoriness with this beer. The oats added a substantial mouth-feel sensation without being heavy like you’ll get from too much crystal. I do feel like this beer needs a little bit of age though. 1-2 months before it clears well enough and mellows a little.

My next stop on this beer will be to convert it to an Imperial Red.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 43.5 IBUs 4.6 SRM 1.054 SG 1.009 SG 5.9 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 7 lbs 68.29
Munich Malt 1 lbs 9.76
Oats, Flaked 1 lbs 9.76
White Wheat Malt 1 lbs 9.76
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L 0.25 lbs 2.44

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 40 min Boil Pellet 14
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 10
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Doppelbock March 2015

March 15th, 2015

One of my favorite styles to brew when it’s cold. I’ve been a little behind on my brew schedule as evident that I posted this guy in February, got the flu and am just now going to brew it in March. So actual brew day ended up being March 15. Gravity was coming in a little low so I gave it a pound of DME. The only big change for me in brewing this beer versus my previous bocks was the use of a late charge of magnum instead of an hour long charge of Hallertau. I find with the Hallertau I’m waiting longer for the beer to smooth out. The wort tasted excellent and came in around 1.072. Pitched yeast from the Export I brewed a month ago. It seemed to be very vibrant yeast which woke up quickly in the starter and quickly took to this bock.

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Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 22.9 IBUs 19.8 SRM 1.076 SG 1.021 SG 7.4 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Doppelbock 5 C 1.072 - 1.112 1.016 - 1.024 16 - 26 6 - 25 2.3 - 2.6 7 - 10 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Munich Malt 12 lbs 65.75
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 4 lbs 21.92
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L 1 lbs 5.48
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L 1 lbs 5.48
Special B Malt 0.25 lbs 1.37

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 14
Hallertauer Mittelfrueh 0.25 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 4

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 4.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Bohemian Lager (2124) Wyeast Labs 71% 48°F - 58°F

Munich Pilsner Pale Ale

March 8th, 2015

So my wife decided she wanted to brew for 2015 Zapp’s beerfest. This was fun because we set the recipe up together. She loves Centennial and the pilsner pale ale I typically use. Following some advice from Stone Brewery concerning the use of crystal with IPA’s/PA’s I’ve decided to swap part of the pilsner and the crystal 40 I typically use with 3 pounds of Munich. Also put some Citra in there to make the hop profile a tad more diverse than just the Centennial. Decided to add some Simcoe to the dry hop that I found in my hop stores.

Brew day went well. Having help made it much more easy to setup and tear down. I don’t think I converted her but she had fun I think. I pitched the beer on the yeast cake of the all Munich ale I’d just brewed. Within 4 hours it was fermenting quickly. It was curious that my gravity ended up high again on this brew day. Targeting 1.045 and ended up at 1.047. Thought I’d come in extremely high again which made no sense given my track record. My kid must’ve done something with my refractometer because it ended up needing calibration.

Going in to the keg this beer tasted great. If the hop aroma holds up this might be the best pale ale recipe yet

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 49.7 IBUs 5.6 SRM 1.052 SG 1.009 SG 5.7 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Ger 7 lbs 70
Munich Malt 3 lbs 30

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 1 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 14
Centennial 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 1 min Boil Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 10
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Centennial 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 10
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

All Munich Pale Ale

March 1st, 2015

I want to see what happens when you brew a beer that’s 100% munich so I cooked up this little pale ale recipe just full of American hops. The brew day ended up being 10 gallons so that I could have 5 for my house and 5 for Zapp’s beerfest. The color was surprising in that I thought it’d be lighter. I may end up having to call this an Amber ale. Post fermentation and dry hop it tastes great. Perhaps a little sweet though due to the weather going from 82F to 35F in the same day and possibly crashing my fermentation a little early.

The planned original gravity was to be 1.045 and ended up about that once I figured out my refractometer was reading very high. Final gravity ended up being 1.011. Beer tastes excellent. Next time I might add some wheat or carapils for body depending on how the carbonation effects the final product.

Update 3/19/2015

This beer did indeed come out very good albeit a little focused on malt due to the Munich bill. So in the spirit of American pale ale I took two tea balls / hop balls as they’re called, put an ounce of Simcoe in one and and ounce of Simcoe in the other and dropped them in the keg. 36 hours later the hop flavor/aroma was faaaar more pronounced. It went from good to excellent to me and added this post carbonation dry hopping with hop balls to the playbook.(hop ball is a metal ball with a clasp to keep all the particles in the ball. Any homebrew shop or Amazon will have them)

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 60 min 41.3 IBUs 9.8 SRM 1.052 SG 1.010 SG 5.5 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Pale Ale 10 A 1.045 - 1.06 1.01 - 1.015 30 - 45 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.8 4.5 - 6.2 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Munich Malt 10 lbs 100

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertau Magnum 1 oz 30 min Boil Pellet 12.4
Simcoe 1 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 13
Citra 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 12
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 14
Citra 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 12
Columbus (Tomahawk) 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 14
Simcoe 1 oz 0 min Dry Hop Pellet 13

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 8.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

Yeast

Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
Safale American (US-05) DCL/Fermentis 77% 59°F - 75°F

Sake Bomb Rice Saison

February 7th, 2015

Iron Brewer 2015 is upon us. It’s an awesome event that goes down annually at Tin Roof Brewery. Iron Brewer is organized and executed by my fellow homebrew club members at Brasseurs a la Maison. 2015 is special because it features participation from Redstick Homebrew Club, Dead Yeast Society, Good Time Brewers and LA Homebrew. Date is February 28th.

My team ended up with rice this year. We had good ideas earlier about brewing our own sake and stuff like that but we never really got on the ball. Rice in a saison should produce a nice crisp beer though! So we’re going with a sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.5 gal 90 min 28.9 IBUs 4.4 SRM 1.053 SG 1.010 SG 5.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Saison 16 C 1.048 - 1.065 1.002 - 1.012 20 - 35 5 - 14 2.3 - 2.9 5 - 7 %

Fermentables

Name Amount %
Pilsner (2 Row) Bel 9 lbs 72
Rice, Flaked 2 lbs 16
Munich Malt 0.75 lbs 6
Wheat Malt, Bel 0.75 lbs 6

Hops

Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Magnum 0.7 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 12
Hallertauer 0.75 oz 0 min Aroma Pellet 4.8

Miscs

Name Amount Time Use Type
Lactic Acid 15.00 ml 60 min Mash Water Agent
Calcium Chloride 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 6.00 g 60 min Mash Water Agent

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