Saturday, June 24, 2017

Abbey Ale

I helped my friend and fellow club-member, Vito, brew an all-grain batch this morning. It was to be a pilsner, but because I don't have temperature control in my fermentation space, I pitched Abbey Ale yest into my share of the wort.

Ingredients  - for 15 gals. post boil

28 lbs German 2-row (2.0 SRM) Pilsner malt
2.8 oz Perle hop pellets (8% AA) - at 60 mins
1.5 tabs Whirfloc - at 15 mins
1.4 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker pellets (4 % AA) - at 15 mins
1.4 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker pellets (4 % AA) - at 0 mins

Ingredients - Fermentation of my 5-gal share

2 vials White Labs WLP 530 Abbey Ale Yeast

Procedure - 17 gal. boil

RO water, 5.3 ph
Single recirculating infusion mash
Sparged with 14 gals 168°F water
90-minute boil

Pitched Abbey Ale yeast at 70°F.

We used the specs sheet from Vito's previous brew of the recipe as the guide:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Housekeeping time ...

So, today I did the long-overdue chore of thoroughly cleaning the keggerator. I even unscrewed and took up the metal plate that protects the floor of the fridge portion, and cleaned and sanitized underneath that.

I also replaced the gas lines with some of those Brew Ultra spiral-curled PVC-free gas tubing.  It sure makes the inside of the kegerator a lot tidier!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Brewing for the Zombie Crawl

I'm trying to throw together a light-bodied porter with reddish undertones for the 2016 Zombie Crawl in our town on Oct. 22nd.

6 lbs pale liquid malt extract
0.5 lb American chocolate malt
0.5 lb black malt
1 lb 120°L crystal malt
1 oz. Simcoe (12.8% AA) hop pellets (@ 60 mins)
0.5 oz. Willamette (5.1% AA) hop pellets (@ 0 mins)
White Labs' WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BACBF 2016

Just got two brews kegged for my participation in the 2016 Bay Area Craft Beer Festival's homebrew tasting tent.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Evil Cousin Once-Removed

Brew #32

Today I went to the AHA rally at the Heretic Brewing Company in Fairfield, and was given 5 gallons of wort prepared by the brewers at Heretic.

One of the brewers shared that they use White Labs' WLP001 yeast for most of their brews, so that what I pitched into the wort upon getting it home.  And since I was told that the wort given away is similar to that they use for brewing their Evil Cousin -and since I am using the same strain of yeast- I am calling this beer "Evil Cousin, Once-Removed".

6 gals. of Heretic Brewery wort
2 vials White Labs WLP001

Brought wort home
Pitched yeast

Fermentation notes
Gals. in fermenter: 6
4/26 Pitched yeast
4/28 Kraeusen blew out through ferm. lock
5/12 Racked to 2ndary fermenter
 5/26 kegged

Gals in keg: 5.5
OG: Not taken
FG: Not taken
ABV: Not calculated