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Batch 93: Love is the law, love under hops

I’m now trying to fill the fridge for the winter. We have the prospect of a Belgian Dubbel (previous batch), some very dark and spiced ale (coming soon to a beer blog near you), a Vienna Lager (also coming soon), and Sarah and I loved Batch 91 so much (my first attempt at a NEIPA), […]

Batch 92: Dubbel the demand

I put out a call to Twitter, and the good people of the interwebs voted that I should brew a Belgian Dubbel next 🙂 https://twitter.com/FredBarrettPhD/status/1299136363770646528?s=20 So, here we are. I’m using a hybrid of a number of recipes, including the Ommegang Abbey Dubbel at Homebrewtalk.com (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads/ommegang-abbey-dubbel.207079/), my first dubbel (http://home.kimusubi.net/beer/?p=348), and the dubbel recipe in […]

Batch 91: Motueka NEIPA

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: WLP066Yeast Starter: 0.5L starter on stir plate, pitched 2 days after startingBatch Size (Gallons): 5Original Gravity: 1.055Final Gravity: 1.008IBU: 20?Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: 3?Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 9# Maris Otter1# flaked barley1# flaked oats whirlpool for 15 minutes (started at 180°)– 2oz Motueka– 2oz Citra after 15 minute whirlpool, it took […]

Batch 90: Mexican Lager

Adapted from https://www.whitelabs.com/recipes/pilsner-lager/amigo-mexican-lager – I figured I needed to brew a mexican lager at some point during the pandemic. Might as well do it now. Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: WLP800Yeast Starter: worked up from .5L to 2L starter, let it sit for months, topped it off with a 1L wort, pitched 2 days laterBatch Size (Gallons): 5Original Gravity: 1.038Final Gravity: 1.006 […]

89: Black Death (black IPA)

Inspired by the dire global circumstances of the age, as well as the generous and delicious-looking recipe shared by Kal from the Electric Brewery: https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/firestone-walker-wookey-jack-black-rye-ipa scaled roughly in half, and brewed in parallel by my friend and fellow cubscout leader, Kurt Nachtman, we bring you: the Black Death Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: S-05Yeast Starter: yeast cake from Batch […]

Posted May 8, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 88: English Mild

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: S-05Yeast Starter: yeast cake from Batch 87Batch Size (Gallons): 6.5Original Gravity: 1.038Final Gravity: IBU: 20?Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: BrownPrimary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 8# 2-row0.5# C400.25# C1200.25# brown malt0.25# roasted barley 1oz Cascade – FWH mashed a little cold, not entirely sure (low 140s?), got good efficiency, yield of 6ish gallons. Pitched […]

Batch 87: Pliny the imposter

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: S-05 (2 packets)Yeast Starter: noneBatch Size (Gallons): 5.5Original Gravity: 1.066 (with Dextrose)Final Gravity: 1.006 (8.13% ABV, alt formula)IBU: 60s?Boiling Time (Minutes): 90Color: Dark StrawPrimary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 11# 2-row0.5# Carapils0.5# C401# Dextrose (added at high krausen) 1.5oz Green Bullet (12.x%) – FWH1oz Green Bullet (12.x%) – 45 min0.5oz FF […]

86: Soul Harvester Imperial Stout

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: WLP090Yeast Starter: 2.5L StarterBatch Size (Gallons): 7Original Gravity: 1.0Final Gravity: 1.0IBU: ~50?Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: ~DARKPrimary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 13# 2-row9.25# Maris Otter1.5# Roasted Barley1.5# Chocolate Rye1# Special B1# flaked Barley8oz C1204oz DH Carafa III 3.5oz Northern Brewer – 60 min2oz Northern Brewer – 15 min 1# Amber DME added to […]

Posted March 21, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 85: Irish Red

Following the recipe at The Electric Brewery (converted from 12 to 6 gallon batch), partly because I have nearly all of the ingredients (or decent subs) on hand! https://shop.theelectricbrewery.com/pages/irish-red-ale Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: NottinghamYeast Starter: 1 packetBatch Size (Gallons): ~5.5 gallons?Starting Gravity: 1.028Original Gravity: 1.041Final Gravity: 1.008IBU: ~22Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: RedPrimary Fermentation (# of […]

Posted March 15, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 84: FF/MO Smash

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: NottinghamYeast Starter: 1 packetBatch Size (Gallons): ~5.5 gallons?Original Gravity: 1.051Final Gravity: IBU: ~50Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: straw to pale orangePrimary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 12# Maris Otter FWH – 1oz FF (10% AU)10 min – 0.5oz FF (10% AU)5 min – 0.5oz FF (10% […]

Posted February 21, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized