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Batch 96: IPA

I was going for a dank west-coast-style DIPA, but ran into a stuck sparge, tried to re-filter the first 3 gallons of fresh wort after fixing things, and ended up drawing way more wort than I had originally intended (~9 gal), and the beer ended up far lower gravity than I had planned. Welp. Hopefully […]

Posted December 19, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 95: Cocoa Sombrero

Some new equipment, including a new false bottom for my round 5 gallon mash tun, and a true stainless counterflow chiller, need a good inaugural beer. This is the Soul Harvester recipe, but mashed really hot to keep it thick, lower ABV, and then spiced Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: S-05Yeast Starter: Two packetsBatch Size (Gallons): 5.5Original Gravity: 1.065Final Gravity: 1.022 (~6% […]

Batch 94: Vienna Lager

Recipe Type: All GrainYeast: WLP830Yeast Starter: worked up from .5L to 2L starterBatch Size (Gallons): 5Original Gravity: 1.047Final Gravity: 1.006 (5.4% ABV)IBU: 25Boiling Time (Minutes): 60Color: 9.5Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 63° first day, 56° second daySecondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 5# Vienna4# Munich2# Maris Otter0.5# C60 1oz German Hallertau (3.8%) – FWH1oz German Hallertau (3.8%) – 30 min1 whirlfloc – […]

Posted September 28, 2020 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

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 🙂 So, here we are. I’m using a hybrid of a number of recipes, including the Ommegang Abbey Dubbel at (, my first dubbel (, 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 – 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: 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 […]