Archive for the ‘Northern’ Category

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 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 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 […]

Batch 76: Stephanie’s India Pale Ale

The name of the game today is: make beer. We have pale male, some C120, some rye, and some hops so … I think we’re gonna make an IPA 🙂 Adding dextrose at the end of the boil to augment the ABV and dry it out a little more Recipe Type: All Grain Yeast: Nottingham Yeast Starter: 0.5L […]

Batch 72: Imperial Stout

This beer was destined to be a partigyle … but ended up just being a bitchin beer 🙂 Recipe Type: All Grain Yeast: S-05 Yeast Starter: Yeast cake from Batch #70 Batch Size (Gallons): 10 Original Gravity: 1.094 Final Gravity: 1.013 IBU: ~55? Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 Color: ~40? Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): […]

Batch 70: Glitter Barleywine

So many thanks to Tom and Drew for the assistance with this brew 🙂 The day began with a disappointment, when the new heat sticks tripped the breaker. We moved outside into the COLD, and lost a lot of heat in the mash. In addition, we couldn’t fit all 36# of grain that were planned […]

Batch 61: Pumpkin Dubbel 2016!

To be entered into the homebrew competition for the 2016 Baltimore Craft Beer Festival 🙂 Recipe Type: All-Grain Yeast: WLP500 Yeast Starter: 1L and 0.5L starters from two separate pure pitch packs Batch Size (Gallons): 10.5 gallons Original Gravity: 1.075 (+0.064 w/ D90 ≈ 1.081) Final Gravity: IBU: ~25 Boiling Time (Minutes): 75 Color: Primary […]

Batch 44: Sarah’s Good Morning Breakfast Stout

8# German Pils 1# Pale Chocolate 1# Roasted Barley 1# Oats 8oz C120 4oz OS Wheat FWH 1oz Northern Brewer (stated 9.1%, probably lower due to age) 15min 1oz Northern Brewer 1.036 at 120* 1 # oats in 1 gallon water starting at *110 for at least 20 minutes (beta-glucan rest) 3tsp Gypsum total in […]

Batch 40: Pumpkin Dubbel

Recipe Type: All-Grain Yeast: WLP500 Yeast Starter: 1/2 yeast cake from Batch 38 Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5 gallons Original Gravity: 1.072 Final Gravity: 1.009 (ABV: 8.6%) IBU: 17 Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 Color:  20 Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 12# German Pilsner 1# C60 1# CaraAroma 1# D90 (at flameout) 1oz Northern Brewer (9.1 […]

Batch 39: Belgian Quad (Kris Kringle contender?)

Recipe Type: All-Grain Yeast: WLP500 Yeast Starter: 1/2 yeast cake from Batch 38 Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5 gallons Original Gravity: 1.077 before D180, est 1.083 total OG after D180 Final Gravity: 1.011 (ABV: 10.1%) IBU: 23 Boiling Time (Minutes): 60 Color:  22 Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 20# German Pilsner 1# Aromatic 8oz CaraAroma […]