The 23 year Old Lambic Homebrew

Been busy this week and am still dialing in my recipe for tomorrows Maibock. Beer will be my first decoction and will follow the Reinheitgebot. Details to follow in another post. For now a story. Disclaimer: a few minor details have been fabricated because I (and even Ed) may not know them.

The Story

February 20, 1994. It was a mild day in Toronto of about 4C outside when Young Ed got out his brew gear. After a recent trip to Belgium he had discovered the beauty of mixed fermentation. As A homebrewer he knew his next tasks: Research and brew. This was the early days of the internet. No Reddit. No homebrew forums. And certainly no examples available for purchase in Canada. He went forth with confidence. He mashed, boiled and pitched. Once fermentation had stopped in late September he had a brilliant idea. Store it in a corny kegs under the stairs at the family cottage. It could age and evolve uninterrupted there without the temptation of consumption. Brilliant!

Soon after putting his precious cargo to sleep his wide gave birth to their more previous cargo. As we all know babies = homebrew ghosting. Fast forward to 2015. Ed had awoken the beast and begun homebrewing again. He join his local (kick ass) homebrew club. Also while cleaning the family cottage he discovered an old soda keg. Full. Of what you ask? A beverage that rivals that of the best Belgian lambic brewers. Split the batch, some straight and some aged on raspberries for 4 months. Tasting his 2 new babies he knew what needed to be done. Enter it in the largest homebrew competition in Canada. The Brew Slam part of Brewer of the Year.

Well This beverage took best in show. Ed won the opportunity to do a Pro/Am brew at a local craft brewery. Obviously the brewery didnt have 22 years (how old it was when it was judged) to wait for this beer so they went down a different path. A Black NEIPA with raspberries. Long story short the beer was/is amazing and is the 3rd highest rated beer on untappd of that brewery.

How did I manage to get a bottle? Once upon a time after a few homebrews I commented on a picture he posted of the beer saying “I would offer my soul for just a sip”. A few months later I got a FB message asking if my soul was still available. Ed needed a small flavour. I said sure (picked up his plate chiller from an out of towner and held it until I next saw him) and was rewarded far more than I deserved for just being a decent dude. A bottle of the legendary now 23 year old lambic. The beer sat in my fridge for 2 weeks until last evening when my SO and I sipped and cherished the beverage as dinner was cooking. Ed has been keeping my soul in the fridge with a few pints and occasionally lets the dogs play with it.

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Review

Appearance:
Crystal clear until the dregs started to slip in. Ruby red. It looked as if we were drinking a liquid gemstone. A few bubbles but nothing that could form a head. Almost like a toned down Champagne.

Aroma:
Extremely clean lactic acidity. Tart raspberries and other field berries. Zero off aromas. Mild tropical fruit and funk. More pleasant than a vast majority of commercial examples.

Flavour:
Bright and clean lactic acidity with a firm tartness. Raspberry tang, Aged hop funk and hay. immediately brought 3F Golden Blend to mind but with raspberries. A wide array of flavours that my palate can only describe as “complexity” in a good way.

Mouthfeel:
Moderately low carbonation. Mildly sweet after the initial tartness that then finished refreshingly dry. Strong lactic acidity. Fairly thin well attenuated body. Draws the cheeks in slightly and begs for another sip.

Overall Impression:
I know I hyped myself about this but holy hell. IMO This kicks the crap out of any North American made sour I have ever had. Even some Belgian lambics fail to compete with this. This is 3F and Cantillon level. It is no wonder this took best in show. Guess I need to forget about some beers for 20+ years!

In case you are wondering what yeast was used… Wyeast 3278 Lambic Blend and some various dregs from back in the day. Stale Hallertau, 65% 2 row and 35% soft wheat

Full Sized Red Wine Barrel

My apologies for not having a weekly post last week. My SOs Grandmother had an extremely close call that kept me from creating a post. Love this blog but family obviously comes first. Instead I made a quick post on imgur of my set up. You can view it here.

Anyways, recently GTA brews aka the homebrew club I belong to acquired a full sized barrel. As part of the team of dirrectors I have paired up with a few others with organizing this project. I have yet to actually see the barrel in person but from what I am told it came from a Niagara winery called Pillitteri. We believe  it previously held Cab Franc. This barrel is going to be held by our good friends at Muddy York. If in the area you have gotta try their stork derby stout! That stuff is to die for. Because Muddy York is a business and a way of life for Jeff (the owner) he has told us the barrel cannot be buggy. We decided to go with a clean imperial saison. Something that will be ready for the summer (hopefully) and benefits from a wine note.

The decided recipe for everyone to brew is as follows. We are allowing for substitutions if need be for obvious reasons. The recipe is written according to my system.

Imperial Barrel Aged Saison

Water:

  • Balanced profile
  • 80 Calcium
  • 75 Chloride
  • 80 Sulfate
  • Mash pH: 5.2

Grist:

  • 66.7% Chateau Pilsen Malt (10 lbs)
  • 26.7% Weyermann Pale Wheat Malt (4 lbs)
  • 6.6% Weyerman Spelt Malt (1 lbs)

Mash:

  • Mash in at 148F and hold for 60 min with 5 gal (1.33 qt/lbs)
  • Raise Via Induction to 168 for 10 min for mashout
  • Fly sparge @ 168 slowly
  • Collect 7 gal

Boil:

60 min total
FWH with 0.9 oz German Magnum 11.8% AA (29.7 IBU)*
15 min add Yeast Nutrient and Whirlfloc
10 min 2 oz Czech Saaz 2.6% AA (5.3 IBU)
Chill to 68F

Fermentation:

  • Pitch Wyeast 3711 French Saison @ 1 000 000 cells/ml/P
  • Start at 68 and allow to rise to whatever its a saison!
  • Ferment out for 2 weeks
  • Take 1 liter for clean comparison
  • Transfer to barrel with everyone’s contribution and age until “ready”
  • Bottle condition 2 gal with 3.4 vols (cork and cage), Brett 1.4 gal, Fruit remainder.

Targets:

  • OG: 1.075
  • FG: ~1.005
  • IBU: 35
  • SRM: 4
  • Carboy Volume: 5.5 gal
  • BU/GU: 0.47

At the end of it all I will be able to have 4 of the same base beer to do a sampling with!

*I calculate my IBU of FWH the same way as I do with 60 min boil additions as I find FWH calculators widely vary. YMMV.

Last Brew Days

In the past 2 weeks I brewed up a whopping 22 gallons. 6 gallong of ESB (Best Bitter) for my SO, 10 gallons of Rare Barrel golden sour blend 5.5 gal of Flanders red and 0.5 gal of extra wort from the Flanders brewday that I am attempting a spontaneous experiment on.

The ESB (Best Bitter) brew day went off nearly without a hitch. Had an open ball lock when I began to mash in. Luckily I cause it and only had an oz or 2 of water to wipe up. My SO joined me for that brewday and we had our most enjoyable brew day yet. Shes really getting the hand of this whole brewing thing! 7 day gravity sample of that beer was beautiful and I plan to bottle it this coming Saturday.

The 10 gallon of sour base beer was brewed last Saturday with a friend and fellow homebrewer at his house. We split it onto a 5.5 gal and 4.5 gal (homebrewers and their damned different sized fermentors) batch. The 5.5 has been dubbed Sour Boy and has an amalgamation of 5 dregs from mixed fermentation sour beers and a health pitch of Cali ale yeast form Escarpment Labs. The 4.5 was dubbed Funk Girl and has Orval and Limberlost dregs, some of my wild captured sacch/hanseni and a health pitch of Cali ale yeast form Escarpment Labs. Sour Girl got a little excited and blew her top off after a few days. This was my first drink while I brew day and drinking certainly slowed us down. Lots of fun was had though since I did not have to drive afterwards.

The Flanders red was a perfect brew day. Extra volume and 1 point higher than my expected OG. Efficiency was amazing! The wort was pitched with 3763 Roeselare, WLP665 Flemish Ale Blend, WLP 575 Belgian Style Ale Blend and 5 various Flemish style dregs. The extra 1/2 of spontaneous experimental beer has not yet done anything. Waiting game for now.

Cheers,
MD

Brewing for others: ESB

Saisons, sours and IPAs are all I have brewed this year. And for a good reason! I have 5 IPAs going into a competition this week. I need a change up though and my better half needs something in her pint glass after work. Time for something a little more simple and lower in ABV. An ESB. Actually a Best Bitter but she likes the term ESB better so who am I to argue? And what a perfect time to brew one with my bulk hop order coming in. Half pound each of Cascade and Mosaic and a full pound each of German Magnum, Hallertau Mittelfruh, Huell Melon, Mandrina Bavaria, Citra and EKG. With a fresh batch of EKG coming in my SO and I say down and discussed what she wants in her ESB. We came up with:

  • Moderately high body
  • Bitter (but not too much)
  • Restrained caramel/leaning more toffee (She HATES caramel)
  • Little hint of burnt sugar/raisin/prune (A bit out of style but complimentary)
  • A bit sweet (But not cloying)
  • Sessionable (Low ABV and not overpowering in flavour)

With those guidelines we developed this recipe with a little bit of reddit feedback.

ESB (Best Bitter)

Water

  • Calcium: 100
  • Chloride: 80
  • Sulfate: 121
  • Mash pH: 5.4
  • SO4/Cl: 1.5

Grist:

  • 92.1% Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter (8.75 Lbs)
  • 5.3% Thomas Fawcett Crystal 45 (1/2 Lbs)
  • 2.6% Briess Crystal 120 (1/4 Lbs)

Mash:

  • Mash in at 152F and hold for 60 min (1.5 qt/lbs)
  • Raise Via Induction to 168 for 10 min for mashout
  • Fly sparge (yes I know batch would be more traditional) @ 168 slowly

Boil:

  • 60 min total
  • FWH with 1.625oz EKG 5.2% AA (29.5 IBU)*
  • 15 min Whirlfloc + Nutrient
  • 15 min 0.625 oz EKG 5.2% AA (5.5 IBU)
  • Chill to 68F

Fermentation:

  • Pitch Wyeast 1768 Best Bitter @ 750 000 cells/ml/P
  • Start at 68 and allow to rise to 72
  • Swirl fermentor in morning and evening to avoid stalling
  • Bottle condition with 2 vols

Targets:

  • OG: 1.047
  • FG: 1.013
  • IBU: 35
  • BU/GU: 0.76
  • SRM 9.25
  • ABV 4.3
  • Fermentor Volume: 6 gal

*I calculate my IBU of FWH the same way as I do with 60 min boil additions as I find FWH calculators widely vary. YMMV.

Last Brew Day

Was a lesson. I was just finished brew day. I started to pump water through my immersion chiller as I used my pump to whirlpool. Hands free chilling. I was busy scrubbing away. Once it got down to 68 I turned off my pump and IC. This is where disaster struck. I neglected to turn off my induction burner. As I was transferring the wort to my fermentor I dumped my yeast in when transfer was almost complete, looked up as the thermometer to see it reading 100! DAMNIT. I turned the plate off and touched the side of my SS brew bucket. It was warm. Too warm. Thank god I had a growler full with the same yeast. Transfer the finished carbonated beer out and left the cake with some fresh cooled wort for a new starter. Long story short sometimes being quick is not good. Growler was shared with a few friends that evening with multiple other beers as I was celebrating my birthday.

Fun Fact: That was my wild Sacch/Hanseni that I love so much. I put the fermentor in the fridge (about 58F it’s a poor fridge) while letting the growler culture wake up. Came back and it was just fermenting! Pitched more yeast to be safe.

Update: After giving some beer to 2 BJCP judges neither of them noticed off flavours caused by extremely high pitching temps in the 8 ABV saison.

First Czar (Faux Bourbon Barrel) Review

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Appearance:
Jet black. Black hole black. No light escapes. Pours a low light brown head –iPhone pictures do not do justice– that drops in a few minutes to a ring and a thin film of head. Red wine like legs from the ABV.

Aroma:
Toffee and raisin malt notes up front. Mild dark chocolate roast. Low spice from the hops. Oak and coconut. Bourbon barrel. Extremely low soft alcohol note. Toast with a honey drizzle.

Mouthfeel:
Very full body. Low alcohol warmth. Well balanced finish that is neither overly dry nor cloyingly sweet. Low carbonation. Begs to be drank in small sips at a time. Velvety and rich.

Flavour:
Molasses and black forest cake. Raisin, prune and caramel sweets. Heavily toasted bread. background notes of rich chocolate. Bourbon and oak begin to revile themselves more as the beer warms. Brings out a coconut note.

Overall Impression:
Patting myself on the back for this one. As my first RIS (or any Imp black ale) this is a solid sipper. The beer is mainly malt, complimentary notes from the barrel aging and a faint hint of hops. This beer should cellar well until next year. Hopefully oxygen does not get to it before hand.

Next Time:
Switch WLP001 with a high ABV tolerant English strain. Something like 007 to add some light yeasty esters. Carbonate 0.1-0.2 vols more.

Cheers,
MD

Pushing my Wild Saccharomyces

For anyone who has read a few posts on here you probably have noticed my enthusiasm about a wild yeast I harvested this past summer. See hereherehere and here. This brew will be more of a test to see how this yeast preform in higher gravity and ABV beers. As the Gildemeester ale yeast seems to usually have an apparent attenuation of ~95% the OG will not need to be super high.

Big Bad Gildemeester Ale

Water:

  • Calcium: 84 ppm
  • Chloride: 66 ppm
  • Sulfate: 113 ppm
  • Mash pH: 5.2
  • Mash Thickness: 1.3 qt/lbs (4.5 gal)

7.5 gal total

Grist:

  • 71.4% 10 lbs Chateau Pilsen
  • 28.6% 4 lbs Weyerman Spelt Malt

14 lbs total

Mash Schedule:

  • Mash in an hold for 60 min at 148F (4.5 gal)
  • Raise via induction to 168F and hold for 10 min
  • Fly Sparge with 3 gal distilled water at 168F

Collect 6.25 gal wort

Hot Side Additions:

  • 60 min boil
  • FWH 3/8 oz German Magnum 11.8% AA
  • 15 min add Whirlfloc
  • 15 min add yeast nutrient
  • 10 min add 2 oz Australian Summer 7.7% AA
  • Chill to 68F

Cold Side Additions:

  • Collect 5.25 gal
  • Pitch Gildemeester Ale yeast from my wild harvest at a rate of 1 million cells/ml/P
  • 7 day prior to packaging dry hop with 2 oz Australian Summer 7.7% AA
  • 24 hour prior to packaging Cold crash with gelatin
  • Bottle condition with 2.8 vols

Targets:

  • OG: 1.079
  • FG: 1.003
  • ABV: 10
  • IBU: 33
  • SRM: 4.25
  • BHE: 80%

Last Brew day

Was an absolute crazy mess but I ended up with 17.3 gal and trying my first cold sparge. My noticeable Pros/Cons. Pros: Little effort, mash tun cooled down fast and was easy to clean because of it. Cons: undershot efficiency by 4% which is pretty big for me. Instead of my 1.045-1.049 range I hit 1.040. Nothing I cannot work with though. After all this will be a dry sour!

Gildemeester Melon Head Ale Review

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Appearance:
Mandarin orange colour, moderately hazy (chill haze from bottle conditioning be damned). Pours a thick white fluffy head that persists. Laces the glass with each sip. Becomes crystal clear as it warms.

Aroma:
Pear, melon, field berries, banana, clove, black pepper. Ester, phenols and hop aromatics are well balanced. A complimentary note of honey from the malt shows up in the background. This pen I am wringing with (originally) is rather solvent-y. Ball point from now on.

Mouthfeel:
Soft and silky. Moderately high carbonation level with a medium body. Surprising for finishing at 1.003. Very elegant feeling.

Flavour:
Melon, clove and black pepper up front. Mild honey and bready note in the background. Light tangerine and mild herbal notes. Tastes the way a wild strawberry patch smells if that makes sense. Bubble gum starts to come into play as it warms.

Overall Impression:
Easy drinking and rather refreshing. A mildly tweeted version is due for this summer I believe. More dry hops are needed. After a full 12 oz bottle and waiting for dinner you can tell this is a bit higher ABV than your standard beer (6.6 ABV) although the flavour would never let you know.

Next Time:
Double the flame out and dry hops. Hell maybe triple. Extended 1 week cold crash to try and clear the chill haze.

Cheers,
MD

Solera Brew Day

On new years day a club member posted about finding a 15 gal demijohn on the side of the road and asked if anyone wanted it. Immediately my thought went to long term sour beer. I fired her off a message saying I would gladly take that off her hands. So after a bit of planning and procrastination I have finally decided I will be brewing for the demijohn this weekend. One problem. My system is 5-6 gal max. Not 15. Not wanting to do a triple brew I can up with a was to do a 2.5 brew after I figured out my recipe.

Solera Brew 2017

Water:

  • Calcium: 54
  • Chloride: 40
  • Sulfate: 64
  • Mash pH: 5.6
  • Mash Thickness: 1.5

Grist:

  • 72% Chateau Pilsen
  • 12% Barn Owl Munich
  • 4% Weyermann Spelt
  • 4% Weyermann Pale Wheat
  • 4% OiO Toasted Flaked Oats
  • 4% Unmalted Wheat

Mash: (where things start to get tricky)

The unmalted wheat will be milled separately and set aside with the toasted flaked oats . I will mill everything else out and split into a bucket with 1/3 (Little Boy) and another with 2/3 (Fat Man).

Mash little Boy for 60 min at 158. Sparge with 180 water and Collect 7 gal.

Once Little Boy has been mashed in and set I will be getting my old 1 gal system mash ton and add the toasted flaked oats and unmalted wheat to it. Mash at 125 for 60 min. No sparge mashing. 1/3 of the volume will be added to the Little Boy kettle and the rest to Fat Man. As Little boy is being brought up to a boy Fat Man will be mashed in at 158. Fat man will be batch sparged to collect 2 kettles worth.

Sound confusing? Cause it does to me. Once I have juggled everything into place and have all the wort It gets easier. As Fat man is being sparged little boy will be cooling and being transferred to the FV. I only have 2 kettles so empty SS BrewTech buckets are going to be getting used to hold wort and/or sparge water.

Boil:

This is easy. FWH with German Magnum 11.8% AA to achieve 1 IBU.

Fermentation:

Primary fermentation will be using my wild Saccharomyces and Hanseniaspora. After 2 weeks of fermentation the beer will be transfered to the 15 gal demijohn and pitched with dregs. Dregs will be from every sour beer I drink and enjoy that are not pasteurized.

Aiming for a target OG of 1.045-1.050. With such a crazy mash I have no way of accurately guessing my numbers.

Competition results

Had my wild sacch saison place 3rd in a local competition! My oatmeal stout and black IPA didn’t do quite as well but hell I’m not complaining. Aside from one judge stating pine must be present in a black IPA the other score sheets had some good feedback. The judges must have been served the saison warm as the bubblegum flavours started to come through for them. This weekend I will be bottling my NEIPA for the up coming IPA challenge and also taking gravity readings of my 100% brett IPA and Black NEIPA.

Last weeks Black NEIPA brew went off without any issues. Really getting better at making sure ball valves are closed… Anyways here is the hop trub after chilling. 6 oz whirlpool addition!

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Cheers,
MD

Project Black Juice: C.A.M.

Since my first time entering a craft beer bar I fell in love with the black IPA. All the flavour and aromatics of tropical citrus/stone fruit and pine mixed with a subtle dark chocolate/coffee. An instant favourite winter style for me. I knew I had to brew one as soon as I started home brewing. I did on my old 1 gal system. Now 2 years later I have started to brew them again only with a twist. A black IPA with a NEIPA influence.

After my first successful attempt at a Black NEIPA I am going at it again with a slightly different malt and hop bill. This brew is the final brew for an upcoming IPA competition. This time using Citra, Azacca and Mosaic. Project Black Juice: C.A.M. is ready to be brewed this Sunday.

Project Black Juice: C.A.M.

Water:

  • Calcium: 115 ppm
  • Chloride: 135 ppm
  • Sulfate: 90 ppm
  • Mash pH: 5.3
  • Mash Thickness: 1.3 qt/lbs (4.5 gal)

8.7 gal total

Grist:

  • 51% 7lbs Thomas Fawcett Pearl
  • 22% 3 lbs Thomas Fawcett Maris Otter (out of pearl)
  • 14.5% 2 lbs OiO Toasted Flaked Oats
  • 7.5% 1 lbs Weyermann Dehusked Carafa III
  • 3.5% 1/2 lbs Simpsons Golden Naked Oats
  • 2% 1/4 lbs Muttons Roasted Barley

13.75 lbs total

Mash Schedule:

  • Mashin an hold for 60 min at 154F (4.5 gal)
  • Raise via induction to 168F and hold for 10 min
  • Fly Sparge with 4.2 gal distilled water at 168F
  • Collect 7.125 gal wort

Hot Side Additions:

  • 60 Min boil
  • 15 min add Whirlfloc
  • 15 min add yeast nutrient
  • 5 min add 1/2 oz Citra 13.4% AA
  • 5 min add 1/2 oz Azacca 12% AA
  • 5 min add 1/2 oz Mosaic 11% AA
  • Flame out and chill to 185F
  • Whirlpool for 30 min with 1.75 oz Citra 13.4% AA, 1.75 oz Azacca 12% AA and 1.75 oz Mosaic 11% AA
  • Chill to 68F

Cold Side Additions:

  • Collect 6 gal leaving as much kettle trub behind as possible
  • Pitch Vermont ale yeast from Escarpment Labs at a rate of 1 million cells/ml/P
  • As Krausen falls dry hop with 1.5 oz Citra 13.4% AA, 1.5 oz Azacca 12% AA and 1.5 oz Mosaic 11% AA
  • 4 days prior to packaging Dry hop with 1/4 oz Citra 13.4% AA, 1/4 oz Azacca 12% AA and 1/4 oz Mosaic 11% AA
  • 24 hour prior to packaging Cold crash with gelatin
  • Bottle condition with 2.3 vols

Targets:

  • OG: 1.065
  • FG: 1.014
  • IBU: 80-90
  • SRM: 30
  • BHE: 79%

Last weeks split batch brew went fairly well. No big spills and hit my number right on the head. Only hiccup was I neglected to compensate for the massive amount of hop gunk that decided it wanted to get into my carboys. The wort was Swamp juice green. Click here for a few photos from brew day.

Coming up as well this weekend is a local craft beer fest and then on Monday a brew group meeting. Cannot wait to share some of the most recent creations.

Project Black Juice: C.A.G. Review

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Appearance:
Black with some ruby/brown highlights around the edges. Pours a thick tan head that my iPhone failed to capture. Head has good retention and laces the glass after each sip. When held up to the light the beer it moderately hazy.

Aroma:
Smells like a hop farm. Tropical with hints of mango, lychee and pineapple dominate. As it warms more subtle notes of peach, apricot, pine, mixed berries and guava start to showcase themselves. Definitely leaning more towards the fruity side than the pine side. There is a hint of roasty malt with a dark chocolate and coffee like note.

Mouthfeel:
Moderately high carbonation. A warming pleasant alcohol. Smooth on the tongue. It really invites you to take another sip. Body is a bit thin and the finish is a crisp dryness.

Flavour:
Tons of fruit. The dominant ones are mango and pineapple with some fuzzy peaches. These are accompanies by a subtle complimentary dark chocolate and black coffee flavour. Roasted malts are in the background. This chocolaty fruity flavour lingers in the mouth. Not very bitter at all.

Overall Impression:
Pretty happy! Attempt one at a Black NEIPA was a success to my pallet. Very enjoyable to drink for a beverage at 8.4 ABV

Next Time:
I will mash higher to have more body. I think I over carbonated a bit on this so I will tone that back. New hop combo for fun.

Cheers,
MD

 

Split Batch NEIPA

January is over. Holy hell 2017 is already moving quickly! The last brew day was… well an absolute mess (ish). More on that in a moment though. This coming brew is an exciting one of the few split batches I have ever done. Need to do this more often! There is an IPA competition coming in early march. Naturally I already have dozens of ideas for what to brew. The only problem is that I have limited time because IPAs are best drank fresh. So out of the ideas I decided to do a split batch NEIPA. One with the classic Vermont ale yeast and another with Brett Brux. Both of these yeasts were kindly supplied by Escarpment Labratories. The 3rd beer being entered will be my Black NEIPA with a different hop bill. Here is my brett starter chugging away happily.

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For the split batch I will be using my favourite hop blend of Ron Mexico (HBC 438), Nelson Sauvin and Azacca. Recipe is as follows.

Freshly Squeezed B2017.5/6

Water:

  • Mash pH: 5.2
  • Ca+2: 130
  • Cl-: 135
  • SO4-2: 100

Grist:

  • 80% Thomas Fawcett Pearl
  • 16% OiO Toasted Flaked Oats
  • 4% Simpsons Golden Naked Oats

Mash schedule:

  • Mash in at 151F and hold for 60 min ~1.5 qt/lbs
  • Raise to 168F via induction and hold for 10 min
  • Fly Sparge with 168 until 7.25 gal have been collected

Hot side:

  • 60 min boil
  • 15 min add whirlfloc and yeast nutrient
  • 5 min add 1/2 oz Azacca 10.3% AA, 1/2 oz HBC 438 16.6% AA and 1/2 oz Nelson Sauvin 12.4% AA
  • Chill to 185F and whirlpool for 30 min with 1 oz Azacca 10.3% AA, 1.5 oz HBC 438 16.6% AA and 1.5 oz Nelson Sauvin 12.4% AA

Chill to 68F and collect 2 batches of 3 gal each.
Pitch Vermont ale yeast in one and Brett D (brux) in the other.
Ferment at 70F
Dry hop each with 3/8 oz Azacca 10.3% AA, 3/4 oz HBC 438 16.6% AA and 3/4 oz Nelson Sauvin 12.4% AA as high krausen is just starting to fall.
Dry hop each with 1/8 oz Azacca 10.3% AA, 1/4 oz HBC 438 16.6% AA and 1/4 oz Nelson Sauvin 12.4% AA 4 days prior to packaging.

Targets:

  • OG: 1.060
  • SRM: 6
  • IBU: ~75
  • Vermont FG: 1.013
  • Brett D FG: 1.006

Last Brew day B2017.4

For those of you who don;t remember the last post I was planing a simple pale base to be soured and have grape skins. WELL in an act of laziness I grabbed the wrong pre-weighed sack of malt. Grabbed my Pearl instead of Belgian Pilsner. So instead of pale it turned more red.16507807_10154801287865336_963287885_n Worst part is that as I filled the grain mill I thought to myself “huh Chateau Pilsen looks a bit different”. Then I managed to fumble my transfer hose (that was not sanitized on the outside) into my full fermentor of 2.5 IBU wort. Here is hoping nothing bad happens.

Other than that brew day went perfectly. Hit all my numbers dead on. Kviek was not quite ready to bottle as it still was releasing CO2 and had some yeast rafts flaoting about so that is work for this weekend.

Cheers,
MD