Batch 99: Rye Mocha Stout

Inspired by a rye stout I enjoyed many years ago at Berryessa Brewing Co in Yolo County, CA. Focus added on coffee/chocolate flavor from the copious roasted grains.

Recipe Type: All-Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: 24g from a big brick
Batch Size (Gallons): 5 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.075
Final Gravity:
IBU: ~45? (estimated from brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/calculator)
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 32?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

6# 2-row
6# M-O
0.5# Chocolate Rye
0.5# CaraRye
0.5# Brown Coffee Malt
0.5# Roasted Barley
2 oz Carafa III (special)
1# flaked barley
4 scoops of rice hulls

1 oz Northern Brewer (7.8 AAU) FWH
0.5 oz Norther Brewer (7.8 AAU) 15 min

captured about 5 gallons of dark, sweet nectar

Posted October 3, 2021 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 98: Pumpkin Amber Ale

Tis the season to make tasty firepit beer 🙂

Recipe Type: All-Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: 24g from a big brick
Batch Size (Gallons): 5 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.064
Final Gravity:
IBU: ~25
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color:
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

10# 2-row
1# C60
1# Special B
1# brown sugar (@ flameout)

0.5 oz Northern Brewer (7.8 AAU)

90 oz Libby’s canned pumpkin, baked at 350* for 60 minutes to caramelize, all went in the mash

copious rice hulls in the mash, mashed with the copper manifold in the blue cooler, was able to circulate and clarify like a BOSS

Mash temp began at 150°, dropped to about 147° by the 60 minute mark when I began to lauter and sparge

3 tsp pumpkin spice at 15 min

Brewed 9/26, first checked 1 week later (10/3). Gravity: 1.005, weighing in at 8% ABV – tastes delicious, but there’s a little bit of a metal twang at the end. Will let the yeast work on it for another week and then cold-crash it to see what we can get.

Posted September 26, 2021 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

Batch 97: Wet Hopped IPA

The hops were poppin! and some were beginning to dry out and brown, so I thought it might be a good time to brew a wet hopped IPA. I collected 12oz wet hops, some Cascade and some Fuggles (in an unknown proportion), with a tiny bit of some norther brewer likely mixed in. Cascade and Fuggles grew really well, NB grew just a bit (and bore just a few hop cones), but Nugget didn’t seem to thrive AT ALL – need to look into this. Anywho, here’s the beer:

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: nope
Batch Size (Gallons): 6
Original Gravity: 1.043
Final Gravity: 
IBU: ~32
Boiling Time (Minutes): 75
Color: amber?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

8.5# 2-row
8oz Carapils
8oz C40
8oz Honey malt

1oz NB pellets – FWH
12oz wet hop medley, ala back yard bines (see above), added at whirlpool, 185°

(1) whirlfloc added at 10 min left
(1) tsp Gypsum added with 10 min left

Mashed for 75 minutes, began at 151°, ended at 149°, then I got a stuck sparge, so I danced between sloppy buckets and re-filled mash tuns until we captured nearly 10 gal of wort.

I figured out that the newest false bottom of mine for the red 5gal cooler/mashtun was being defeated, as the bottom of the mash tun becomes concave when it heats up, and curves at roughly the same degree as the false bottom. Need to find a different solution here.

Whirlpool for 30 minutes with the wet hops, added at 185°, yielded 6

Posted August 8, 2021 by fbarrett in Uncategorized

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 will make beer. Based roughly on Batch 73.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: half S-04, half S-05 (two different carboys)
Yeast Starter: nope
Batch Size (Gallons): 9 (4 and 4)
Original Gravity: 1.048
Final Gravity: 
IBU: all of them?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90
Color:
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

12# 2-row
10oz Carapils
10oz C40
5oz Honey malt

3oz FF – FWH
0.5oz FF – 45, 40, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5
1oz FF – flameout, 180°
0.5oz Centennial – 5, flameout
0.5oz Cascade – 5, flameout

(1) package Burton Salts (for 5gal batch) added to mash
(1) tsp Gypsum added to mash

Mashed for 30 minutes at ~125°, for ~30 minutes ~140°, for ~30 minutes at ~150° (mash in was waaaay too cold, and I spent the next 60 minutes trying to make up for it with boiling water additions and double-checking my thermometers).

Chilled close to 60°, split between two carboys and pitched yeast. Woohoo!

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 Grain
Yeast: S-05
Yeast Starter: Two packets
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.065
Final Gravity: 1.022 (~6% ABV)
IBU: ~55?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: ~40?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

10# 2-row
.75# Roasted Barley
.75# Chocolate Rye
.5# Special B
4oz C120
4oz DH Carafa III

2oz Northern Brewer – 60 min
1oz Northern Brewer – 15 min
whirlfloc @ 15 min

excellent mash at 158º, very clear lauter for 10 minutes (woohoo, awesome combo of the new false bottom and the old pumps!!!!). Chilled to ~80° in the counterflow chiller (ROCK ON!! Thank you, Northern Brewer, and Mom for the birthday present!!), captured 5 gallons.

12/16/20 – kegged it, and ran a tea with a quart of beer boiled for 20 minutes with 2 cinnamon sticks (1 regular, 1 small), 1 vanilla bean (half a bean? soaked in EToH), 3 tbsp Trader Joe’s cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp McCormick’s ancho chile powder, cooled and pitched

Batch 94: Vienna Lager

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP830
Yeast Starter: worked up from .5L to 2L starter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.047
Final Gravity: 1.006 (5.4% ABV)
IBU: 25
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 9.5
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 63° first day, 56° second day
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

5# Vienna
4# Munich
2# Maris Otter
0.5# C60

1oz German Hallertau (3.8%) – FWH
1oz German Hallertau (3.8%) – 30 min
1 whirlfloc – 10min

Brewed 9/26, by 9/27 it was down to 63°, 9/28 it was 56°, both days bubbling away lazily 🙂 leveled-out at about 51º

Taken out on 10/25 for a diacetyl rest, got up to ~70º

Returned to the lagering tank on 10/29 where it sat at around 41º until kegging on 11/24. It entered the keg CLEAR AS A BELL, with rich malt and caramel notes, and absolutely FABULOUS

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), that we thought we should do another. Slightly different grain bill than #91 (due to lack of flaked barley on hand), and I didn’t make a started this time. And I cleaned the heating element this time so hopefully I will avoid the subtle and unreliable but occasionally present roasted/toasted/smoked flavor that accompanied #90 and #91. Finally, since this was the 93rd batch, I thought I’d give a shoutout to my Thelemite friends, wherever they may be.

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP066
Yeast Starter: 1 liquid yeast pack, no starter
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.043 (might have had an inadequate crush)
Final Gravity: 1.0
IBU: 20?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 90 (boiled a bit more to compensate for collecting too much wort)
Color: 3?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

10# Maris Otter
1# flaked oats

whirlpool for 15 minutes (started at 177°)
– 2oz Motueka
– 2oz Citra

after 15 minute whirlpool, it took another hour or so to get it down temp and into a carboy. Was high 90s when transferred to carboy, and I waited overnight before pitching the yeast. One pack of yeast pitched the next morning (9/20) but the wort was completely still the following morning (9/21), so I pitched a second pack of yeast.

Dry hop additions after 2 days (9/22), 6 days (9/26), and 9 (9/29) days into fermentation
– 1oz Citra
– 1oz Motueka

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 Mosher’s Radical Brewing (https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Brewing-Recipes-World-Altering-Meditations/dp/0937381837)

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP550
Yeast Starter: 0.5L starter on stir plate, pitched 2 days after starting
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.05
Final Gravity: 1.02 (dry!? wow)
IBU: ~30
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: ~20 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

5# 2-row
3.5# Munich
1# Special B
1# Aromatic
1# D90

1oz Northern Brewer (FWH)

Easy boil, added whirlfloc @ 15 minutes, D90 at flameout, chilled with the immersion chiller, transferred to carboy @ 90° (tap water is warm today), and then put the carboy in a waterbath to cool it down before pitching.

2 weeks later (9/20), I tested, and it seems like it’s going to be bone dry (1.002, 6.3% ABV), but lots of bubblegum, some spice, and delicious!!

Batch 91: Motueka NEIPA

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP066
Yeast Starter: 0.5L starter on stir plate, pitched 2 days after starting
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.008
IBU: 20?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 3?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

9# Maris Otter
1# flaked barley
1# flaked oats

whirlpool for 15 minutes (started at 180°)
– 2oz Motueka
– 2oz Citra

after 15 minute whirlpool, it took another 45 minutes of trickling through the plate chiller to make it

pitched in the high 70s, but put the fermenter straight into a water bath with some ice, and brought everything down to 63° within a few hours. Nice krausen about 12 hours later.

Brewed on 7/11/20

Dry hop additions after 2 days (7/13), 6 days (7/17), and 9 (7/20) days into fermentation
– 1oz Citra
– 1oz Motueka

Fermented at 64 for a couple days, warmed to 68, fermented 2 weeks total, kegged and went camping, returned to a delicious, juicy, mildly carbonated NEIPA 🙂

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 Grain
Yeast: WLP800
Yeast Starter: worked up from .5L to 2L starter, let it sit for months, topped it off with a 1L wort, pitched 2 days later
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.038
Final Gravity: 1.006 (after 3 weeks at ~50*)
IBU: 23?
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 2.33?
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 60° first night, 59° second day, 53° third day
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp):

3# 2-row
2# 6-row
3# flaked maize

1.25oz Hallertauer – FWH
1 whirlfloc – 10min

stuck sparge, but everything else went smoothly 🙂 recovered >5 gal, + ~.75 gal from a 3L starter, to pretty much fill a 6gal carboy, which got an airlock and was placed into the fermentation chamber.

fermented at about 50* for 3 weeks, then took out to warm up for diacetyl rest – was 1.006 and DELICIOUS when I took it from the lagering tank