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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coopers Lager with Dark LME

I brewed a Coopers lager with 3 Cups table sugar, and 2 LBS of Dark LME I had laying around.  This is the last of my supplies  and I will need some corn sugar for the bottles.  I brewed this on 5/28/11.  It did not go crazy like the stout, because I did not overly aerate the wort.  The OG was 1.047.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Coopers Stout

I brewed a Coopers Stout with 3 lbs of Dark DME on Friday May 20th, and got crazy yeast activity the next day.  I had to creat a special blow off for all the foam blowing out of the bucket.  It calmed down after about 20 hours and now I think it maybe ready for a secondray or maybe I will just leave it alone.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Trappist Ale

I brewed the Trappist Ale on 4/17/11.  Got the kit from Austin Home Brew.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Real Ale with Hop Tea Update

Bottled the beer on April 1st. - - - and came up with this Generic beer label....

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Real Ale with Hop Tea

I brewed a basic real ale with hop tea (1/2 oz. hops in boiling water at 15 mon, 1/2 oz. cascade hops at last 5 min.)   - - Going to be bottling this in the next few days.  Brewed this on 3/19/11.  Appears to be comnplete in its fermentation.  I needed a basic beer.  I might make a generic beer lable.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Aussie Pale Ale - Update

moved the Aussie to a secondary fermenter 1/22/11.  Specific Gravity was reading 1.005.  I will give this another week to settle and it should be just right.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dogfish 60-minute IPA

This is a really good beer.  I think I might try to get a clone kit for this one.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Aussie Pale Ale with Aussie Licorice

Basic Beer from Cooper's, brewed on 1/16/11.  I added some Cascade Hops at a 15 minute boil.  Added some Ausssie Style licorice candy as well (experiment).  Got it for a dollar at the dollar store.  Might  as well do an Aussie one, all the Cooper's kits are from there anyways.  Estimated 6.5% abv.  The licorice added some color, darkened the beer, the wort tasted delicious, and gave me a good idea of the final product, should turn out nice.  The licorice is subtle, which is what I was aiming for.  I boiled the hops in water first with the licorice, then brought the water down to 155 F, added the sugars and Coopers can, then cooled it all down, pitched the Coopers yeast.  It was bubbling nicely after 24 hours at around 65 F.  OG 1.050.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hop Utilization

This chart was an eye opener on how hops work to develop bitter, flavor and aroma.
Thinking about brewing this one.  It will be my first attempt at a recipe that I get individual ingredients for. 
Double Chocolate Stout recipe, supposedly it is like Young's.

Dark brown, roasty, malty smooth, with a distinctive chocolatey finish
6 lbs. dark malt extract
1 lb. domestic special pale malt
1 lb. medium crystal malt
1/2 lb. roast unmalted barley
1/4 lb. chocolate malt
1/2 lb. oatmeal
1/2 - 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (add to end of boil)
1 oz. Northern Brewer (bittering)
1/2 oz. U.K. Fuggles (flavoring)
No finishing hops (add cocoa instead)
1 pkg. Windsor Ale Yeast (or White Labs English Ale or Wyeast #1968)
1 pkg. Bru-Vigor (yeast food)
3/4 cup corn sugar (priming)
O.G. - 1.049
F.G. - 1.012

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Grumpy Goat Bock update

Moved the wort to a secondary fermenter on 1/11/11.  Very slow fermentation at this point.  Snuck a taste, and it is a WOW. I am going to try to give it at least till the weekend  before I bottle it.