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Red Wednesday Recap

Red Wednesday Recap

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Super smooth brew day yesterday - whipped up 10 gallons of our NW Red Ale, which will be one of the staples going forward and needs a name badly. I liked Redemption Red, but it's already taken by these creepers. Any ideas? Specs: 1.065 OG, 65 IBUs, 16 SRM

Ingredients:

  • Malts: Pale 2-Row, Munich Dark, Caramel 80 and Caramel 120
  • Hops: Bittering – Centennial.   Flavor/Aroma – Simcoe. Dry Hop - Cascade, Simcoe
  • Yeasties: Wyeast 1056 slurry

It was a busy night too; kegged some of our Christmas beer, transferred the Continuous Pale to secondary and made the chalkwall more awesome: 

Enjoy the turkey, football and family today. Gobble Gobble.

Tuesday Night Recap - Spice Wars

Smooth brewing last night, showed the cold and rain who's boss by shifting all operations into the garage - which is conveniently where the taps are located... Specs on our Wee Heavy Christmas Ale: OG: 1.083, 30IBU, 22 SRM.

Ingredients:

  • Malts: Pale 2-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Brown Sugar (shugga), Special B, Caramel 80 and Roasted Barley.
  • Hops: Bittering – UK Goldings.   Flavor – Fuggles
  • Yeasties: WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale
  • Spices in Boil: Cinnamon and Clove
  • Fresh ginger and lemon zest to go in secondary

We missed our target OG by 3 points on the low side, which doesn't matter much with a big beer like this one. Seven weeks from now we'll be sipping this at our Christmas party in high form, making elaborate toasts and debating foreign politics.

We also dry hopped our Imperial IPA and gave it a sample, so far it's delicious and promising - making good beer is so much more fun than not making good beer.

 

Imperial Brewing

Dan, Gregory and I held down the brewing fortress last night - whipping up a new recipe of an Imperial (or double) IPA. I'm super excited about this one, and I'm caring for its fermentation conditions like a baby bird. Specs:  OG: 1.082, 116 IBU, 7.2 SRM.

Ingredients:

Malts: Pale 2-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Caramel 40L, Carapils and straight Corn Sugar in the boil (stole that from the Pliny the Elder recipe).

Hops: Bittering - Pacific Jade.   Aroma & Flavor - Pacific Jade, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus

Yeasties: One 5 gallon carboy with WLP090 (San Diego Super Yeast), the other with WLP001 slurry .

Mostly smooth and easy brewing despite another clog/subsequent burns during the chilling process. I slacked on pictures, so I'll give you a video I just took of these guys fermenting away. You must excuse the voiceover, I (probably like everyone?) can't understand why my voice sounds the way it does on video. Don't tell me that's what it actually sounds like, I won't hear it.

If you were ever wondering what homebrew fermentation looks like: this is the fun part, about 16 hours after adding yeast (sorry that I always seem to have my camera sideways? This is 2012, that should get auto-fixed).

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