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Title: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 28, 2015, 02:20:49 PM
Stealing a popular thread from other forums... what's on the go for you today for beer? Cleaning kegs? Planning a recipe? Brewing a recipe?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 28, 2015, 02:22:20 PM
Today I'm brewing up 9 gallons of Saison. I'm going to split half to use Danstar's Belle Saison, then use US05 on the other half. Should be an interesting experiment.

The wind is giving my burner some fits though, and it's taking forever to get up to mash temp.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on August 28, 2015, 02:40:23 PM
Bottlin' up a selection of beers out of the kegs and picking out a few goodies out of the celar then heading up to Grand Falls' for tomorrow's epic meeting  :rock:

Also trying to figure out what I can brew next week with what's left in my grain inventory.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 28, 2015, 03:09:28 PM
I'm starting 3 weeks of vacation in an hour so...  :drunk:

I have an ambitous plan to brew a number of recipes over the break including an Oud Bruin, Berliner Weisse, Gose and of course as many hoppy beer as I can fit in.

Great idea for a thread @Two Wheeler (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2007)  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on August 28, 2015, 03:23:49 PM
I'm planning for the labour day long weekend. I'm going to be brewing twice, the first will be the Mad Fermentationist's Saison 'Merican but I'm still deciding what I want to use for yeast. The second is a clone I'm making of a Nordic Farmhouse I tried from Liquid Riot in Portland. I've ordered everything I needed that I didn't already have, just need to go harvest some juniper boughs next week.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on August 28, 2015, 03:55:54 PM
I'm just about to keg a dipa for tomorrow's epic meeting.  8.5% and 117ibu dh with 9oz of hops  :rock:   :wavebeer:

(also on tap: Saison des Pissenlits, TropicAle and Belgian Chocolate Porter)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on August 28, 2015, 05:30:29 PM
I just Keg last night a new caramel IPA 70 IBU. :chug:
I have been waiting for the last 2 week to have my starter yeast Lacto ready to brew a Berliner weisse. :-[
Finally the Farmhouse soul ale yeast really turn to be a very good beer.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on August 29, 2015, 12:21:37 PM
After brewing extracts for the last two years. Me and my buddy will do our first all grain tomorrow. I hope I survive the "Epic" meeting.  :drunk:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 30, 2015, 09:49:34 AM
Good luck Draveur! You won't look back :)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 01, 2015, 01:32:14 PM
Brewing an Oud Bruin today and stepping up a lacto starter for a double brew day of a berliner weisse and gose next week.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on September 01, 2015, 03:26:52 PM
I look forward to a future meeting Rob... what's the aging requirement like on those beers?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 01, 2015, 03:40:21 PM
The Oud Bruin would be likely 12-18 months. The Berliner weisse and gose should be 4-5 weeks.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: paulmaybee on September 01, 2015, 07:22:18 PM
The Oud Bruin would be likely 12-18 months. The Berliner weisse and gose should be 4-5 weeks.
I can't wait for this either!
I made a Quadrupel on Sunday. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on September 01, 2015, 10:32:18 PM
Tonight I tried something new... I meant to add orange zest to the boil of my saison on Friday but forgot. Tonight I decided to "dry hop" the zest. I gathered 17grams of zest and heated in microwave to 190 to kill any wild yeast (hopefully). Then added to the fermentation which has a couple points left to drop. Hoping that it will drop out like hops do!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 02, 2015, 10:43:25 AM
Writing a recipe for a Red IPA today. Possibly doing a starter depending on yeast choice. Still debating.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on September 02, 2015, 03:33:17 PM
Doing a Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest clone on Labor Day. Made it last year and got rave reviews from friends. Changing it slightly to adjust to quantities I have of the ingredients.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 03, 2015, 10:35:54 AM
Today I'm brewing a Vienna pale ale. I'm gonna try using just Vienna as my only malt, bitter with a bit of Polaris and use freshly harvested Hersbruker hops in the mash and for my flavour and aroma additions. Not quite sure what yeast I'll use yet. I might just do US-05 in one and S04 in the other or Conan in one and Kolsch in the other.
 Either way it sould be interesting...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on September 03, 2015, 11:10:31 AM
Nice roger, I've been intrigued by an all-Vienna beer in the past. I'll be interested to taste these!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on September 03, 2015, 02:14:53 PM
I will gladly drink some too ... I've never had a homebrew'd version of this beer
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 03, 2015, 04:23:27 PM
I will gladly drink some too ... I've never had a homebrew'd version of this beer
You've had a commercial one?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on September 04, 2015, 08:44:48 AM
Yes, well I think I have anyways ... i've had a commercial version of a vienna lager that I bought at one point while in Maine ... it was decent.

If a brewery brands a beer as vienna lager, safe to assume it's likely brewed with Vienna as a base malt? That's what I assumed but maybe I'm wrong in this assumption.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 04, 2015, 09:30:41 AM
Yes, well I think I have anyways ... i've had a commercial version of a vienna lager that I bought at one point while in Maine ... it was decent.

If a brewery brands a beer as vienna lager, safe to assume it's likely brewed with Vienna as a base malt? That's what I assumed but maybe I'm wrong in this assumption.
Yes your right a Vienna lager is made with Vienna as a base malt. I thought you meant the same as the ale recipe I was doing.
I ended up using Conan and Kolsch yeasts. I imagine you'll get to try it...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on September 04, 2015, 10:36:59 AM
Yes, well I think I have anyways ... i've had a commercial version of a vienna lager that I bought at one point while in Maine ... it was decent.

If a brewery brands a beer as vienna lager, safe to assume it's likely brewed with Vienna as a base malt? That's what I assumed but maybe I'm wrong in this assumption.
Yes your right a Vienna lager is made with Vienna as a base malt. I thought you meant the same as the ale recipe I was doing.
I ended up using Conan and Kolsch yeasts. I imagine you'll get to try it...

Nah man, I'm good. Your beer is usually pretty questionable ...  :lol:

...but on a serious note, looking forward to trying em
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 04, 2015, 12:33:18 PM
Brewing a red IPA today and likely taking apart my grain mill. It was giving me grief this morning.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: paulmaybee on September 04, 2015, 03:05:04 PM
Brewing a red IPA today and likely taking apart my grain mill. It was giving me grief this morning.
Looking forward to trying that.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on September 04, 2015, 06:09:36 PM
Is that the OBK mill Rob? Finicky bastards they are
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 04, 2015, 07:49:35 PM
Is that the OBK mill Rob? Finicky bastards they are
Honestly I'm not sure. I got it from Chris, it doesn't have OBK anywhere on it. It has been solid for the last year and a half so I guess I can't complain.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Al-Loves-Wine on September 07, 2015, 11:46:57 AM
Brewing up my harvest ale today, and Imperial Harvest at that. Friend of mine had a real good first year on Columbus so it should be a 100+ IBU hop bomb with Columbus, cascade, centennial and goldings.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 08, 2015, 02:35:04 PM
Unexpected brew day. Making another Red IPA. Changing up the hops and a little of the grain bill.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 08, 2015, 04:14:30 PM
Also decided to bottle a RIS I brewed in January. Had a stuck fermentation and decided to pitch brett dregs a couple of months ago to lower the FG. @jamie_savoie helped save this batch.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: paulmaybee on September 09, 2015, 02:36:04 PM
Did up another batch of Sumac Witbier this morning.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 10, 2015, 03:29:26 PM
Day 1 of an 11 gallon batch I'm splitting to be a berliner weisse and a gose. Using the sour kettle method for the first time.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on September 12, 2015, 10:22:49 AM
Brewing my annual harvest ipa today.  Iím making it maltier than my regular ipas using MO + 10% munich II.  12 gallons using 5 pounds of fresh Nugget Centennial and Cascade.  Hops addition by the bucket load!  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 12, 2015, 11:40:20 AM
Brewing my annual harvest ipa today.  Iím making it maltier than my regular ipas using MO + 10% munich II.  12 gallons using 5 pounds of fresh Nugget Centennial and Cascade.  Hops addition by the bucket load!  :rock:
That sounds mighty tasty!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on September 14, 2015, 08:09:21 AM
last minute changeÖ..I ended adding an additional pound at flame out, just for good measure  8)  my pile of spent hops was close to the size of the spent grains lol

I brewed again yesterday, did a northern english brown ale.  it was like 2 years since my last one
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 15, 2015, 09:10:36 PM
Wort finally seems sour enough (hopefully) to continue with the BW and Gose.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on September 29, 2015, 11:14:43 PM
Tonight I kegged the second half of a split batch. The beer was designed as a saison.

70% 2 row (yes, not pils- lazy)
20% vienna
10% munich
30 IBUs of EKG at 60min
6 IBUs of EKG at 5 min

Overshot gravity and had OG of 1.065.

Fermented half with Belle Saison, finished at 1.003 for 7.6% ABV
Fermented half with US05, finished at 1.008 for 6.3% ABV

I'm classifying the Saison as an "Imperial Saison", but not sure what kind of beer I ended up with on the other one. It was quite malty on the gravity sample, and a little hot. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 30, 2015, 06:43:33 AM
The OG does fall into the category of a Belgian blonde. I'm not overly knowledgeable about specifics. I think it falls a little low of a Belgian golden ale and traditionally sugar is used for those (I think). 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on September 30, 2015, 08:58:50 AM
My Pumpkin Ale is fermenting away. After a bit of reading online I think I am going to start leaving my beer in primary the whole time. This one will be the test.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on October 01, 2015, 10:54:54 AM
The OG does fall into the category of a Belgian blonde. I'm not overly knowledgeable about specifics. I think it falls a little low of a Belgian golden ale and traditionally sugar is used for those (I think).

Yeah Rob, the numbers fit nicely into a couple categories but flavor/ingredients don't. I'll just call it a bastard ale.

It's quite malty upfront, a character I don't love. The EKG hops shine through on the finish though. It's quite smooth for its strength. I'll bring it to the next meeting anyway.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DeMerch on October 01, 2015, 11:40:29 AM
The OG does fall into the category of a Belgian blonde. I'm not overly knowledgeable about specifics. I think it falls a little low of a Belgian golden ale and traditionally sugar is used for those (I think).

Yeah Rob, the numbers fit nicely into a couple categories but flavor/ingredients don't. I'll just call it a bastard ale.

It's quite malty upfront, a character I don't love. The EKG hops shine through on the finish though. It's quite smooth for its strength. I'll bring it to the next meeting anyway.

Maybe you're get to name it "3rd time's a charm"... probably not though
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 04, 2015, 09:12:10 PM
Bottling two gallons of Gose. The rest will be aged on mangoes and eventually dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 05, 2015, 09:37:32 PM
Split a berliner weisse. Half on blackberries. The other half on mosaic and equinox.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on October 12, 2015, 11:06:14 AM
Made a 10 gal batch of white IPA, split in half and added cold steeped dark grain wort to 2nd half to turn into a black IPA.

So it's like a backwards Michlael Jackson IPA: noskcaJ leahciM IPA  :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on October 12, 2015, 01:26:57 PM
Haha, awesome @blisster (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1931) . That should be interesting to taste both
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 12, 2015, 03:25:30 PM
Brewing a double IPA with citra and mosaic. Going to dry hop at a ratio of 1.5oz/gallon
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 12, 2015, 03:34:36 PM
Made a 10 gal batch of white IPA, split in half and added cold steeped dark grain wort to 2nd half to turn into a black IPA.

So it's like a backwards Michlael Jackson IPA: noskcaJ leahciM IPA  :banana:
That's a great method to get two entirely different beer a from a split batch. I may have to steal that idea.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: paulmaybee on October 12, 2015, 04:04:12 PM
I made a 10 gal batch of sour today.  2 gal was diverted and is fermenting on 3864 (Unibroue) and the Solera IIPA BRETT dregs from that "magic marker" failure that turned into something beautiful. The other 8 gal is in my demijohn with 3864 (Unibroue), Brett L, Lacto and the Mash Occur 15 sour mix.  shit son!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on October 13, 2015, 12:13:06 AM
5 gallons of a Victory Prima Pils clone. Brewed with a German Ale yeast
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on October 14, 2015, 09:31:33 PM
Today I made some "Pierreier"... Carbonated peach flavored water on tap for my wife.

But it's only for a couple weeks until my brewing catches up to my taps.  :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 15, 2015, 12:30:43 PM
Bottled my dry hopped berliner weisse. Also dry hopped a 2gal batch of a saison aging on grapes and brett with some Nelson.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on October 17, 2015, 11:03:52 AM
Brewed a big malty barleywine earlier this week. Today Iím kegging a hoppy american pale ale.  And I will also start working on my new kegerator  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 17, 2015, 04:21:06 PM
That saison sounds amazing Rob! Where did you get the inspiration for that?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 17, 2015, 08:51:39 PM
That saison sounds amazing Rob! Where did you get the inspiration for that?
The grape and brett was inspired by Midnight Brett from Allagash. I love Nelson in a saison. So I'm hoping it's a good combination. Otherwise it has the potential to be a freak show. I'll be bottling next week.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on November 01, 2015, 02:40:02 PM
Brewing a test batch of my dark saison for the exchange. Though I'm taking 2 gallons from this batch to age on cranberries and brett.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 01, 2015, 03:58:55 PM
I just mashed in a dry stout. Haven't brewed in about 2 months, need to crank some out the next few weekends
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on November 01, 2015, 07:53:09 PM
Just did a 15 gal harvest extract PA. One to go after I'm all done with extract. Plenty of malt waiting to be mashed in my basement. Did one 5 gal with US-05, one with Belle Saison and one with Munich slurry. So Belgian PA, German PA and American PA. So easy LOL!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on November 02, 2015, 08:11:20 AM
Last friday I brewed 15 gal of a semi-hoppy saison using sorachi ace and motueka.  Split 3 ways using YB wallonian, WY3726 and WLP566.  Tonight Iím kegging an APA and will prep the grist of the winter warmer for the 12 beers of Christmas
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on November 02, 2015, 10:09:55 PM
Brewed up a "Java Moose" Porter, although I used beans that I got in Lunenburg a couple weeks ago.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on November 09, 2015, 09:09:09 PM
Took about a third of my dark saison and transferred it onto local cranberries and brett B. The other two thirds I added the first dry hop addition to.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/10/eeebd264565ccd57b460765fe9a6a9a8.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on November 20, 2015, 09:53:58 PM
Milling grain and measuring water for my exchange beer brew day tomorrow. Writing a recipe for a black IPA fermented with 100% Brett Amalgamation.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 22, 2015, 07:13:26 PM
Brewed my IPA today for the christmas exchange. Citra, Summit and Simcoe
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on November 22, 2015, 08:06:49 PM
Brewed my IPA today for the christmas exchange. Citra, Summit and Simcoe
That sounds like a good combination of hops!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on November 23, 2015, 08:41:00 AM
First time I've brewed a personal batch of beer in a lonnnnng time ... i think the last time I brewed for my own consumption was at the last mash occur in March, maybe?

Friday night I had a couple friends over and I brewed a roughly 5.5% amber ale hopped 100% with centennial. I went fairly light on the hops as I want to bottle the majority of it and give it away to friends and family as Christmas gifts - most of them are pretty basic beer drinkers so I didn't want to go too over the top on the hops ... I figure I got about 144 liters total so I should have some long nights ahead of me putting this into bottles.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: JohnQ on November 23, 2015, 09:47:06 AM
I figure I got about 144 liters total so I should have some long nights ahead of me putting this into bottles.

Sounds like a wet run for the canning system to me!

JQ
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on November 29, 2015, 02:52:25 PM
Brewed a black ipa with a ton of Chinook, cascade and citra today. Fermenting with Brett amalgamation.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 29, 2015, 10:03:07 PM
Nice Rob... I brewed the SNPA clone today. Had to battle the wind pretty bad, I was able to block the wind enough that the burner stayed lit, but it was sucking the heat out of the pot (presumably, I'm not sure that's scientific). Boil wasn't super vigorous anyway.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on November 30, 2015, 10:15:40 AM
I brewed this Red Racer clone on Friday. Waiting for the fermentation to die down before tossing in the dry hops.
http://nbcba.org/forum/14-india-pale-ale-(ipa)/red-racer-clone/
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on November 30, 2015, 11:29:09 AM
I brewed this Red Racer clone on Friday. Waiting for the fermentation to die down before tossing in the dry hops.
http://nbcba.org/forum/14-india-pale-ale-(ipa)/red-racer-clone/

The one Al had made was very close to the real thing.. Awesome recipe!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on December 03, 2015, 08:49:50 AM
Last night I cleaned a couple kegs, and kegged my exchange beer. I'm low on vessels right now so I decided to dry hop and add the spanish cedar in the keg, and will bottle from the keg as well. No sediment for you guys!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on December 03, 2015, 10:59:15 AM
Last night I cleaned a couple kegs, and kegged my exchange beer. I'm low on vessels right now so I decided to dry hop and add the spanish cedar in the keg, and will bottle from the keg as well. No sediment for you guys!

you're too kind ::) ... mine will have a thick layer of sediment for you guys  :pal:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on December 03, 2015, 08:11:41 PM
Made a Belgian Abbey starter tonight, thanks @ECH (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2000)

Who wants to bet this will be a mess...

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/03/442180e467f84e0dc2107348e7ed9096.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 03, 2015, 08:16:52 PM
Made a Belgian Abbey starter tonight, thanks @ECH !

Who wants to bet this will be a mess...

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/03/442180e467f84e0dc2107348e7ed9096.jpg)
Belgian Abbey was the culprit behind my first beercano that hit the ceiling. Use a large blow off!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on December 04, 2015, 12:40:06 AM
Bottled the Xmas swap Red IPA tonight... It's been a while since I bottled, it still sucks.

42 bottles and 1 keg
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DandyMason on December 04, 2015, 09:46:02 AM
Last night I cleaned a couple kegs, and kegged my exchange beer. I'm low on vessels right now so I decided to dry hop and add the spanish cedar in the keg, and will bottle from the keg as well. No sediment for you guys!

Using this method too. Will see how the beer gun does, sorry in advance for flat stout!!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on December 04, 2015, 10:12:14 AM
I've had pretty good success with the beer gun. I always set the PSI at about 4 when filling, and don't chill the bottles.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jdueck on December 04, 2015, 12:00:21 PM
In general flat stout would be better than a bottle bomb exploding stout
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on December 04, 2015, 01:24:23 PM
Made a Belgian Abbey starter tonight, thanks @ECH (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2000) !

Who wants to bet this will be a mess...

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/03/442180e467f84e0dc2107348e7ed9096.jpg)
Belgian Abbey was the culprit behind my first beercano that hit the ceiling. Use a large blow off!

Yes, especially where it is a 2nd gen of the yeast. I don't know if that is normal or not, but any time I have used harvested yeast, it has always been more active, than the first time I used it.

WLP California Ale, fairly tame, no more the S05, however when I used a 2nd gen of the yeast I had harvested, it fermented like a beast and was chucking itself out through the blowoff tube with in hours.

Let me know how well the starter goes, interesting to see how viable the yeast still is, since it was harvested in late June, and I still have 3 bottles of it here. BTW, had to loosen the cover on all my other mason jars...every one had a bulged top.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jdueck on December 04, 2015, 01:41:05 PM
I have thought of the idea of using a blow off hose (5/8 - 3/4").
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on December 04, 2015, 04:26:45 PM
I have no power so I'm making a started from crushed grain for an Oud Bruin from American Sour beer with my little camping stove.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on December 04, 2015, 05:05:05 PM
I have no power so I'm making a started from crushed grain for an Oud Bruin from American Sour beer with my little camping stove.
Where there's a will there's a way!  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jdueck on December 04, 2015, 08:34:12 PM
I still use a Coleman stove for the 2 gallon batches that I make
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on December 06, 2015, 09:05:32 AM
Last evening I took an idea from @blisster (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1931)  and added some cold steeped dark grain liquid to one of two carboys of fermenting IPA. I used a little under 2 liters in 5,1/2 gallons of fermenting beer. I also plan to dry hop them differently. I was going to use different yeasts but I forgot to get a starter going so I used US-05 in both. Now I'll have two different IPA's for the holidays. One black and one normal. Thanks Pierre!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on December 07, 2015, 10:49:31 AM
Last evening I took an idea from @blisster (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1931)  and added some cold steeped dark grain liquid to one of two carboys of fermenting IPA. I used a little under 2 liters in 5,1/2 gallons of fermenting beer. I also plan to dry hop them differently. I was going to use different yeasts but I forgot to get a starter going so I used US-05 in both. Now I'll have two different IPA's for the holidays. One black and one normal. Thanks Pierre!
I had one of that BIPA he made this w-e.  I usually hate BIPA but his was awesome!  Most likely I'll copy this idea soon ;)

brewed a maple winter warmer over the weekend, kegged a saison, a 1 year old brett saison and bottled the american bw for the exchange  :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 07, 2015, 02:18:08 PM
Last evening I took an idea from @blisster (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1931)  and added some cold steeped dark grain liquid to one of two carboys of fermenting IPA. I used a little under 2 liters in 5,1/2 gallons of fermenting beer. I also plan to dry hop them differently. I was going to use different yeasts but I forgot to get a starter going so I used US-05 in both. Now I'll have two different IPA's for the holidays. One black and one normal. Thanks Pierre!
I had one of that BIPA he made this w-e.  I usually hate BIPA but his was awesome!  Most likely I'll copy this idea soon ;)

brewed a maple winter warmer over the weekend, kegged a saison, a 1 year old brett saison and bottled the american bw for the exchange  :banana:

Agreed that BIPA by @blisster (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1931) was super tasty!

You are like a homebrew Jedi! Waiting a year on a saison  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 07, 2015, 02:20:49 PM
Over the weekend I moved two cultures of brett (C and Amalgamation) into small bottles with airlocks and placed them in my beer fridge. This way I can maintain and always have brett strains on hand.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on December 07, 2015, 02:27:03 PM
You are like a homebrew Jedi! Waiting a year on a saison  :rock:
more like too lazy to bottle them hahaha
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on December 07, 2015, 04:58:16 PM
I actually had time off to do stuff this weekend! On Wednesday I brewed an English Porter, Friday I made the starter for an Oud Bruin and Saturday I bottled my beer for the exchange. My sour farmhouse is ready to bottle but now I've got five batches in bottles so it'll have to wait for a bit.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 07, 2015, 07:23:05 PM
I actually had time off to do stuff this weekend! On Wednesday I brewed an English Porter, Friday I made the starter for an Oud Bruin and Saturday I bottled my beer for the exchange. My sour farmhouse is ready to bottle but now I've got five batches in bottles so it'll have to wait for a bit.
What strain are you using for the Oud Bruin? I used roselare for the same style recently and I was wondering if I shy have used something different as I used the same strain for my FR.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 12, 2015, 02:48:14 PM
Just finished bottling my exchange beer. I really did not miss bottling.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 13, 2015, 04:44:26 PM
Kegged my 100% Brett black IPA and filled a couple of bottles. Going to shelf them for 6 months and see what brett does to them.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on December 14, 2015, 09:52:33 PM
I have a big ol bottle bubble bath going on tonight. Any chance this tub explodes from the oxiclean? Lol(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/14/8d3c0ca3b8f04c109d15ea66b0b9199f.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on December 15, 2015, 02:56:39 AM
I just use our dishwasher for cleaning bottles. I have always been one to well rinse a bottle once I have drank it, and then just remove the label, chuck it in the dishwasher on the hottest and longest setting.

Haven't had a bottle come up as bad yet.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on December 16, 2015, 12:15:41 PM
Yesterday I bottled my first batch of beer, 1 gallon of white IPA conditioned with 3 tbs of honey. It is going to be ready for new year. Can't wait to taste !
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on December 16, 2015, 10:38:29 PM
Bottled my exchange beers with the Blichmann gun. It really works pretty good, but still a huge pain.

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/16/87d41e56d492857ffd00f0d6f49bf548.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 26, 2015, 09:26:22 PM
Brewed an annual boxing day beer. A hoppy pale ale. Also used a vitality starter for the first time.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on December 28, 2015, 01:57:52 PM
I also brewed yesterday. I made a wit ipa, one batch fermented with san diego yeast and the other with WL brett trois vrai
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 28, 2015, 03:15:52 PM
I also brewed yesterday. I made a wit ipa, one batch fermented with san diego yeast and the other with WL brett trois vrai
I'd be interested to hear what you think of that Brett strain.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 05, 2016, 10:05:13 AM
I got a starter of brett amalgamation going last night for an IPA I hope to brew this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on January 05, 2016, 10:46:16 AM
I started the year by a doing a session SMASH IPA (2row/Mosaic) and turning half into a black IPA with cold steeping.

I was targeting 78% efficiency but ended up getting 90.5% so it might not be so session-able  :frazzled:


Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 05, 2016, 10:55:08 AM
I started the year by a doing a session SMASH IPA (2row/Mosaic) and turning half into a black IPA with cold steeping.

I was targeting 78% efficiency but ended up getting 90.5% so it might not be so session-able  :frazzled:


Mmm Mosaic! Are you using the same in the black IPA version as well?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on January 05, 2016, 11:06:12 AM
Mmm Mosaic! Are you using the same in the black IPA version as well?

Close.. the black IPA is dry hopped with Centenial, Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic...  I ran out of Simcoe so I used Citra instead.

I also ran out of brown/coffee malt so @JohnQ (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=64) hooked me up with Caramel Wheat Malt instead to go with chocolate and roasted barley... Hopefully it turns out similar but we'll see..
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 05, 2016, 11:35:14 AM
Mmm Mosaic! Are you using the same in the black IPA version as well?

Close.. the black IPA is dry hopped with Centenial, Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic...  I ran out of Simcoe so I used Citra instead.

I also ran out of brown/coffee malt so @JohnQ (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=64) hooked me up with Caramel Wheat Malt instead to go with chocolate and roasted barley... Hopefully it turns out similar but we'll see..
Sounds tasty!

I used midnight wheat in my latest black IPA and I really like it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on January 06, 2016, 03:45:32 PM
I brewed up a Honey Cream Ale today and got terrific efficiency 93%... Kinda messed with my numbers but I was impressed none the less. :rock:
 I might not add the honey after all...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on January 08, 2016, 09:35:38 AM
I'm brewing a 20 gallon batch of Scottish Export tonight (OG around 1.052). Looks like the BJCP guidelines on this style has changed a bit ... I believe there used to be Scottish 60, 70, 80 but as changed to Scottish Light, heavy & Export now  ... export is the strong version. I got a bag of Marris Otter from the club a couple weeks back and going to put it to use. The recipe I'm doing is based on Jamil's recipe with some small changes.

I'll probably keg half and bottle half. What I do put into kegs I'm going to prime with corn sugar in the keg too. I've never brewed this style before so should be interesting but thought it'd be a good style to bottle and age for a little while.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on January 08, 2016, 10:29:30 AM
Kegging my winter warmer this weekend and brewing a bold american stout on sunday.  Lots of dark stuff and lots of hops  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 09, 2016, 02:59:57 PM
Took apart my grain mill, cleaned and greased the bearings. Rollers are still slipping unfortunately.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 09, 2016, 03:01:26 PM
Also brewed a brett IPA with amalgamation. Kohatu and Vic Secret hops.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on January 10, 2016, 01:55:43 PM
Tested the pressure canner, made a few cans of wort.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 12, 2016, 09:27:53 PM
Bottled a berliner weisse I had aging on blackberries and brett for three months. Also prepped bottles for my first Flanders red I'll be packaging tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on January 13, 2016, 08:32:29 AM
Tasted some sours before bottling or blending.  Covered Bridge is the palate cleanser lol
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 13, 2016, 08:42:58 AM
Tasted some sours before bottling or blending.  Covered Bridge is the palate cleanser lol

That is badass @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) ! That's all the motivation I need to keep brewing sours, especially now that I'm bottling my first flanders. What are you using as a base for the dark sour? I was going to re brew a flanders again but that sounds interesting!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on January 13, 2016, 10:01:45 AM
That is badass @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) ! That's all the motivation I need to keep brewing sours, especially now that I'm bottling my first flanders. What are you using as a base for the dark sour? I was going to re brew a flanders again but that sounds interesting!
Itís a blend of oud bruin, belgian dark strong and dark saison aged for 6 months
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 13, 2016, 10:15:11 AM
That is badass @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) ! That's all the motivation I need to keep brewing sours, especially now that I'm bottling my first flanders. What are you using as a base for the dark sour? I was going to re brew a flanders again but that sounds interesting!
Itís a blend of oud bruin, belgian dark strong and dark saison aged for 6 months

Damn! That is ambitious, I have much to learn.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 26, 2016, 08:33:10 AM
Brewing a coffee stout. Adding espresso beans to the mash as well as some cold steeped espresso at kegging.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on January 26, 2016, 09:18:52 AM
I've been wanting to do a coffee stout for a while. Might pick your brain on the weekend
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 26, 2016, 10:06:16 AM
I've been wanting to do a coffee stout for a while. Might pick your brain on the weekend
I'm no expert but of course, I always love to talk beer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on January 26, 2016, 01:23:18 PM
I've been wanting to do a coffee stout for a while. Might pick your brain on the weekend
I'm no expert but of course, I always love to talk beer.
if you want to add a coffee aroma I suggest "dry beaning".  From my experience, cold steeping at kegging is the way to go ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 26, 2016, 01:24:23 PM
I've been wanting to do a coffee stout for a while. Might pick your brain on the weekend
I'm no expert but of course, I always love to talk beer.
if you want to add a coffee aroma I suggest "dry beaning".  From my experience, cold steeping at kegging is the way to go ;)
Thanks! Will do.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on January 27, 2016, 08:12:19 AM
I'm fermenting in primary an all Citra hop stand IPA.

10 lbs 6-row
1 lbs crystal 15
1 lbs Munich

1 oz @ 60 min

5 oz Hop stand at 180F-170F for an hour

Wyeast American Ale

Will dry hop 3 oz in secondary

Hopefully it wont taste fresh mowed lawn!  :lol:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 27, 2016, 09:40:31 AM
I'm fermenting in primary an all Citra hop stand IPA.

10 lbs 6-row
1 lbs crystal 15
1 lbs Munich

1 oz @ 60 min

5 oz Hop stand at 180F-170F for an hour

Wyeast American Ale

Will dry hop 3 oz in secondary

Hopefully it wont taste fresh mowed lawn!  :lol:
This sounds tasty.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shallow on January 27, 2016, 09:09:21 PM
Kegged a Black Coffee IPA on Sunday. Tasted quite interesting. Opted for the cold brew method. Tried to use a bean that would complement the existing flavors. Time will tell.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 27, 2016, 10:59:00 PM
Kegged a Black Coffee IPA on Sunday. Tasted quite interesting. Opted for the cold brew method. Tried to use a bean that would complement the existing flavors. Time will tell.
I've never heard of a black coffee ipa. But does it ever sound interesting!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DeMerch on February 01, 2016, 11:35:41 AM
I brewed 10gal of PA and 10gal of oatmeal stout on Sunday. Long brew day, but it should get the pipeline back into a good position. I just built a 5 tap kegerator so I gotta keep that thing well stocked!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 01, 2016, 11:58:03 AM
I brewed 10gal of PA and 10gal of oatmeal stout on Sunday. Long brew day, but it should get the pipeline back into a good position. I just built a 5 tap kegerator so I gotta keep that thing well stocked!

Love the scoreboard you have going
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on February 01, 2016, 01:24:02 PM
I brewed 10gal of PA and 10gal of oatmeal stout on Sunday. Long brew day, but it should get the pipeline back into a good position. I just built a 5 tap kegerator so I gotta keep that thing well stocked!

Love the scoreboard you have going

2-1 now... time to update @DeMerch (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2027) !!!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DeMerch on February 01, 2016, 01:32:35 PM
2-1 now... time to update @DeMerch (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2027) !!!

There you go buddy. I didn't even put a * by yours, although I was tempted!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on February 07, 2016, 12:24:33 PM
Did a American Amber Ale with my neighbour yesterday. Funniest thing, we left the water running in the emersion chiller when we put in the boil 5 min before flame out (to disinfect). Of course we had had a few beer and it took us 15 min to find out what had happen. So, we shut the water down, pulled the hops out, brought it back to a boil (to disinfect everything) and put the hops back in and chilled. I think I'm pretty safe for no infection. Probably screwed my bitter, flavour and aroma a little bit. I'm dry hopping so it should be descent. It took an extra hour and I never thought that after couple of years of brewing I would make this mistake!!!  Still always lots of fun!!!

Bern
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on February 07, 2016, 05:50:22 PM
I'm brewing a 5gal of Belgian pale ale:

11 lbs Pilsner
.75 caramunich
.25 caraamber

1.5 oz east Kent Golding  @ 60
Tbs of Bitter orange peel and coriander at 10 minutes
.5 oz east Kent golding @ 0


1.5 litre starter of Wyeast French saison


Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 15, 2016, 07:38:55 PM
Bottled a maple stout
3.6 kg 2 row
340g roasted barley
340g chocolate malt
225 g crystal 120
Added 1.5 lb maple syrup in secondary
And batch primed with maple syrup tonight. 
Used us04 yeast
Forgot to add 56 g cluster hops
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 15, 2016, 09:26:58 PM
Bottled a maple stout
3.6 kg 2 row
340g roasted barley
340g chocolate malt
225 g crystal 120
Added 1.5 lb maple syrup in secondary
And batch primed with maple syrup tonight. 
Used us04 yeast
Sounds tasty!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on February 16, 2016, 02:50:48 PM
may as well bring this along to next meeting
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 16, 2016, 04:39:30 PM
I will
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on February 17, 2016, 08:05:36 PM
My first Black "EYE"PA.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 17, 2016, 09:30:01 PM
Using a starter to grow some lacto from grain...hopefully.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on February 20, 2016, 10:31:20 AM
I'm brewing my black box challenge, cannot tell you more sorry!  :lol:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 20, 2016, 10:36:43 AM
good idea for a brew day i am doing the same
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 20, 2016, 01:30:48 PM
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/16/02/20/b183855d53012cfa56742ac03ff3fd2f.jpg)  top secret brew going on
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 21, 2016, 09:27:46 PM
Kegged a coffee stout today and brewing a hoppy saison tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on February 22, 2016, 12:23:35 PM
Did a classic american pilsner yesterday.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on February 23, 2016, 04:49:40 PM
Hi,

I'm brewing my black box hummmm?????? :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 23, 2016, 06:10:37 PM
Brewed my black box beer on Sunday, everything went pretty good but it didn't visibly take off until today.

I have a week off in March and I have a few empty carboys to fill so I'm making some plans. Looking at a Brett Saison and American Farmhouse (with brett this time). I'm on a Brett kick right now if you couldn't tell.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 23, 2016, 06:14:37 PM
Brewed my black box beer on Sunday, everything went pretty good but it didn't visibly take off until today.

I have a week off in March and I have a few empty carboys to fill so I'm making some plans. Looking at a Brett Saison and American Farmhouse (with brett this time). I'm on a Brett kick right now if you couldn't tell.
I'm on the same kick. I'd say I'm preferring beer with Brett right now, especially hop forward styles. I also have a Brett saison on my upcoming list to brew. I'll have to talk to you about yours next time.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on February 28, 2016, 08:38:26 PM
Brewed my black box challenge beer today. Hopefully the picture is small enough that you can't steal my recipe!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 28, 2016, 09:50:21 PM
Brewed my black box challenge beer today. Hopefully the picture is small enough that you can't steal my recipe!
Do you have some ventilation aside from the garage door in the picture?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 28, 2016, 09:50:54 PM
Brewed a Brett IPA with all Nelson this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DandyMason on February 29, 2016, 08:58:37 AM
Brewed my black box challenge this weekend ... Don't expect much from this one ...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on February 29, 2016, 11:04:59 AM
Brewed my black box challenge this weekend ... Don't expect much from this one ...  :facepalm:

Just brewed mine as well, still getting use to my brew system. Hope it's drinkable!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on February 29, 2016, 02:42:56 PM
Jesus, I have to get on this... being away for two weekends has left me with a short timeframe... better go for something quick aging!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on February 29, 2016, 02:52:59 PM
Brewed my black box challenge beer today. Hopefully the picture is small enough that you can't steal my recipe!
Do you have some ventilation aside from the garage door in the picture?

I had just finished the mash so I had the garage door closed, but usually I open it a crack, plus there's a man door behind me that's wide open. The only thing making me sleepy was the beer!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jdueck on March 01, 2016, 10:20:02 PM
Just bottled a Cranberry wheat that I had in the secondary for about 1 year. Sort or a conditioning experiment of sorts.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 02, 2016, 07:45:21 AM
Prepping to brew my black box challenge tomorrow. Getting a little worried this won't be ready in time.  :frazzled:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on March 02, 2016, 08:29:33 AM
I'm thinking about doing mine on Friday night. We'll see though.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 02, 2016, 08:43:11 AM
I'm thinking about doing mine on Friday night. We'll see though.

Friday night for me too
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on March 02, 2016, 09:48:46 AM
Jeeze, I thought this was the Black Box challenge not the Green Beer Challenge!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 02, 2016, 10:05:28 AM
Jeeze, I thought this was the Black Box challenge not the Green Beer Challenge!
I generally have a hoppy beer kegged within two weeks of brewing, force carbed and ready to drink three days later.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on March 02, 2016, 04:10:19 PM
Jeeze, I thought this was the Black Box challenge not the Green Beer Challenge!

I can turn this 5-6% hoppy beer (hopefully) around in less than 2 weeks. That's the best time to drink em ... young!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 02, 2016, 09:05:18 PM
Jeeze, I thought this was the Black Box challenge not the Green Beer Challenge!
Well it's close to St. Patrick's day. So green beer is fitting right?  ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 04, 2016, 08:57:29 PM
Getting my black box brew in. Also breaking in the garage for its first brew. Much nicer than the patio in the old apartment!!!

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160305/be2c94dbe54992b1068f0a3ae6bc36ae.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 04, 2016, 09:16:37 PM
Getting my black box brew in. Also breaking in the garage for its first brew. Much nicer than the patio in the old apartment!!!

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160305/be2c94dbe54992b1068f0a3ae6bc36ae.jpg)

just tasted my black box and wow is all i can say lol and must be a lot nicer than the patio
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on March 05, 2016, 03:32:46 PM
I'm brewing a black IPA all cascade 85 ibu.  :drink:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on March 06, 2016, 07:40:55 PM
Did a Belgian Red today. Took a Altbier grain bill, brought the IBU's down to 25 added Belgian candy and Belgian yeast.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 06, 2016, 08:36:52 PM
Kegged a hoppy Saison today. 3711 took it down to 1.003 in less than three weeks. Fuck. Yes.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 07, 2016, 08:39:55 AM
Did a Belgian Red today. Took a Altbier grain bill, brought the IBU's down to 25 added Belgian candy and Belgian yeast.

Which strain did you use?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on March 07, 2016, 09:37:58 AM
I brewed my black box beer Friday night. I started around 7PM after having to borrow some 2-row from Roger. Was pretty drunk by the end of it and it'll likely come out infected
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on March 07, 2016, 12:11:10 PM
I used safale T58 and S33. Liquidated old stock of dry yeast, I want to used more wet yeast when I replenish my stock.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 07, 2016, 04:12:26 PM
tomorrow i am brewing a smokey blond ale 10 lb 2row crystal 60  250 g and smoked malt 220 g  hops golding and cascade with us05  i plan to divide it in half for secondary and add some jalapenos in half.   
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 07, 2016, 06:03:21 PM
tomorrow i am brewing a smokey blond ale 10 lb 2row crystal 60  250 g and smoked malt 220 g  hops golding and cascade with us05  i plan to divide it in half for secondary and add some jalapenos in half.   
So it's gonna be a smoking hot blond...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 07, 2016, 06:58:01 PM
tomorrow i am brewing a smokey blond ale 10 lb 2row crystal 60  250 g and smoked malt 220 g  hops golding and cascade with us05  i plan to divide it in half for secondary and add some jalapenos in half.   
So it's gonna be a smoking hot blond...

@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) named your beer, now you owe him a bottle!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 07, 2016, 07:17:53 PM
Love the name and it's always nice to have a smoking hot blonde
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 10, 2016, 01:39:17 PM
Finally brewed the black box challenge winning beer last night  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on March 10, 2016, 01:41:55 PM
Finally brewed the black box challenge winning beer last night  :cheers:

I dryhopped my black box beer with around 4 ounces of citra last night.   :wavebeer:

As the late, great, Eddie Guerrero once said: Cheat 2 Win.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 10, 2016, 01:54:09 PM
I'll be pouring 4-5 cans of Heady Topper in a growler and submitting that.  Good luck with your Citra  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on March 16, 2016, 04:43:53 PM
First lager; with a mash paddle made by my father-in-law.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 18, 2016, 12:51:39 PM
I've been collecting maple sap every day for about a week...  I have 12 trees taped and am only up to about 4ish gallons now, it's not running very well...

I'm hoping to get 15ish gallons to make a maple saison and/or a wild blackberry maple stout.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on March 18, 2016, 01:34:31 PM
Will you be using the sap instead of water or boil it down and add it as syrup later?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 18, 2016, 02:09:46 PM
Will you be using the sap instead of water or boil it down and add it as syrup later?

All sap for the mash and sparge, no water at all.   I'm hoping the "mapleness" doesn't go away in the fermentation.

I got the inspiration after tasting @Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) 's birch saison last year.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on March 18, 2016, 02:56:37 PM
I'll be interested to hear how it comes out. I've read that the 'mapleness' doesn't come through from using sap and most just add syrup to the keg. Birch syrup is pretty potent stuff so maybe the sap is a bit more distinct.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 18, 2016, 03:00:34 PM
I'll be interested to hear how it comes out. I've read that the 'mapleness' doesn't come through from using sap and most just add syrup to the keg. Birch syrup is pretty potent stuff so maybe the sap is a bit more distinct.
Roger's use of sap creates a really tasty beer with lots of maple character.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on March 18, 2016, 05:00:37 PM
I've been collecting maple sap every day for about a week...  I have 12 trees taped and am only up to about 4ish gallons now, it's not running very well...

I'm hoping to get 15ish gallons to make a maple saison and/or a wild blackberry maple stout.

I've been collecting from a few trees as well, kinda surprised with the lack of flow as well! I've got about 2 gallons now after two weeks and 4 medium size sugar maples. Not exactly sure what recipe I'll use it for though...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 18, 2016, 06:31:56 PM
The maples have been pitifull at best and my birch haven't even started yet. But the birch usualy only starts when the maple are done. Ive got my fingers crossed but I think this year I might need to blend maple with birch in order to have enough sap to brew with. The flavours from the birch sap seem to lend more flavour than the maple sap. But either way it's a fun once a year experiment.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on March 19, 2016, 03:15:40 PM
I'm brewing probably my last chocolate stout for this winter...hummm :party:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 20, 2016, 09:59:45 PM
Kegging the winner!


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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 20, 2016, 10:57:31 PM
Kegging the winner!

Funny, I just got done doing the same...

At least one of us is wrong about the winner part  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on March 21, 2016, 09:22:51 AM
Note to self, vote for a pale beer ...  :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DeMerch on March 23, 2016, 11:26:48 AM
I'm eyeing up a double brew day good Friday. (Related to the above) I'll be making 10gal of my Maple ESB (I use Costco maple syrup... 500g per 5gal) and 10gal of my Pale Ale (5gal of which someone 'bought' in a silent auction for my curling club). Haven't brewed in a while so I'm looking forward to getting my stocks back up.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on March 23, 2016, 08:45:56 PM
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WLP670 going wild! Guess my stirplate might be soaked with some brett now...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 23, 2016, 09:17:16 PM
Forever Unclean!!!!

One trick I do is place cling wrap over top of the stir plate so any overflow stays out of the internals
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on March 23, 2016, 09:50:39 PM
Its pretty ghetto, I just took a computer fan and screwed a piece of cardboard onto it. Good thing is it will be easy to clean!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 25, 2016, 01:03:22 PM
Mashing a dry stout, going to be a two brew weekend. Got a new Biab bag and pulley too from Wilserbrewer of HBT fame

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 25, 2016, 01:25:10 PM
Nice
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on March 28, 2016, 04:45:59 PM
Made 15 gal of American Brown Ale at the camp Friday afternoon.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on March 30, 2016, 09:44:28 AM

Funktown Pale Ale (WLP4627), 8 hours after pitching has a 1 inch krausen in the primary.  :cheers:

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 30, 2016, 11:49:23 AM

Funktown Pale Ale (WLP4627), 8 hours after pitching has a 1 inch krausen in the primary.  :cheers:

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I'm really interested to see what you think of that strain.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 30, 2016, 12:02:52 PM

Funktown Pale Ale (WLP4627), 8 hours after pitching has a 1 inch krausen in the primary.  :cheers:

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nice i am going to use mine this weekend cant wait to see how it turns out
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on April 01, 2016, 05:31:11 PM
I'm making a Wyeast California lager starter, tomorrow morning I'll be making a steam beer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on April 02, 2016, 01:56:49 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160402/923fe214d8c49323976d81a5d3d9c3ad.jpg) nice day to brew a pale ale and use my funktown pale ale yeast
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on April 03, 2016, 08:33:16 AM
Winter Maple Cream Ale almost carbonated.

Double Hash Ale went into the keg last night.

Brew day today, first attempt at a sour. Trying out @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) 's Flanders Red 2.0 recipe.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on April 04, 2016, 09:00:03 AM
Chickens were patiently waiting for the spent grains. I also tried out the same trick Roger did at the Mashoccur to get the last bit of propane out of the tank. The flame quit just as I hit my strike temp  ;D
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on April 10, 2016, 09:12:25 AM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160410/30d9d69feed6ffbcb6aeb746ad23c730.jpg) today is a double brew day a rye ipa and my no chill beer from the MO just to compare them the no chill and chilled 7 hours later all done and cleaned up.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 10, 2016, 10:54:57 AM
Brewing a hoppy Rye Pale Ale with centennial, ctz and chinook.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 10, 2016, 01:52:03 PM
Brewed a Dubbel that I'm planning to serve for my wedding. Did a second running on the mash to try and clear out some of the old bugs I had in my kegerator but it only came out to 1.024. I decided to throw them in anyway just to keep them alive and see what they taste like. Its a combo of some raspberries from my garden that I threw in some wort last year, WLP655, dreggs from a bottle of Bam Biere and Four Winds Wild IPA.

Planning on brewing a Rye IPA and Tripel after and reuse the yeast cake from the Dubbel.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 10, 2016, 10:25:56 PM
Made about 1.5L of maple syrup... To be used in secondary fermenter and to bottle conditioning a maple sap brew...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 11, 2016, 11:35:44 AM
Brewed a Dubbel that I'm planning to serve for my wedding. Did a second running on the mash to try and clear out some of the old bugs I had in my kegerator but it only came out to 1.024. I decided to throw them in anyway just to keep them alive and see what they taste like. Its a combo of some raspberries from my garden that I threw in some wort last year, WLP655, dreggs from a bottle of Bam Biere and Four Winds Wild IPA.

Planning on brewing a Rye IPA and Tripel after and reuse the yeast cake from the Dubbel.

Brewing beer for your own wedding! What an awesome idea, wish I had been homebrewing for mine.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 11, 2016, 11:36:36 AM
Also got a lacto starter going from a pure strain yesterday, after many failed attempts of growing from grain  akimbo
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 11, 2016, 04:15:33 PM
Brewed a Dubbel that I'm planning to serve for my wedding. Did a second running on the mash to try and clear out some of the old bugs I had in my kegerator but it only came out to 1.024. I decided to throw them in anyway just to keep them alive and see what they taste like. Its a combo of some raspberries from my garden that I threw in some wort last year, WLP655, dreggs from a bottle of Bam Biere and Four Winds Wild IPA.

Planning on brewing a Rye IPA and Tripel after and reuse the yeast cake from the Dubbel.

Brewing beer for your own wedding! What an awesome idea, wish I had been homebrewing for mine.  :cheers:

Unfortunately it'll probably just be two bottles on each tables unless I can find a way to get several kegs to BC :(
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on April 16, 2016, 10:23:36 AM
I'm making a session IPA. With Chinook for bittering, Citra and Simcoe to finish. Should be around 4.3% and very drinkable.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 16, 2016, 03:11:50 PM
Brewed a session IPA with citra and galaxy.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on April 17, 2016, 07:07:45 PM
Brewed a brown ale today with some flaked wheat in it

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 18, 2016, 12:24:00 PM
Brewing my first all sap batch today. Maple sap Saison...
The maple just stopped running and now the birch is just pissing out of the trees. I expect to brew the Birch sap Saison within a week or so. They'll both be exactly the same recipe just the water source(sap) will change.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 18, 2016, 01:38:12 PM
Brewing my first all sap batch today. Maple sap Saison...
The maple just stopped running and now the birch is just pissing out of the trees. I expect to brew the Birch sap Saison within a week or so. They'll both be exactly the same recipe just the water source(sap) will change.  :cheers:

Great idea... I'm curious to see how they compare.

This sap brewing thing is a lot of work, lol
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 18, 2016, 04:39:08 PM
Brewing my first all sap batch today. Maple sap Saison...
The maple just stopped running and now the birch is just pissing out of the trees. I expect to brew the Birch sap Saison within a week or so. They'll both be exactly the same recipe just the water source(sap) will change.  :cheers:

Great idea... I'm curious to see how they compare.

This sap brewing thing is a lot of work, lol
Yea no shit!
I use an old back pack with an aluminum frame it can hold a 5gallon pail so once a day I fill it but I need check twice a day.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 18, 2016, 09:33:29 PM
Brewing my first all sap batch today. Maple sap Saison...
The maple just stopped running and now the birch is just pissing out of the trees. I expect to brew the Birch sap Saison within a week or so. They'll both be exactly the same recipe just the water source(sap) will change.  :cheers:

Great idea... I'm curious to see how they compare.

This sap brewing thing is a lot of work, lol
Yea no shit!
I use an old back pack with an aluminum frame it can hold a 5gallon pail so once a day I fill it but I need check twice a day.
That is some serious dedication sir!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on April 19, 2016, 08:36:08 AM
@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) nice selfie. Did you take that with your selfie stick?  :pal: :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 19, 2016, 09:09:44 AM
@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) nice selfie. Did you take that with your selfie stick?  :pal: :banana:
Well of course...
 :P
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 19, 2016, 01:49:14 PM
@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) nice selfie. Did you take that with your selfie stick?  :pal: :banana:
Well of course...
 :P

Made from a 200 foot birch tree Roger hauled on his back for 7KMs then manually hand carved down into a selfie stick, no doubt  :ninja:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 19, 2016, 05:23:11 PM
@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) nice selfie. Did you take that with your selfie stick?  :pal: :banana:
Well of course...
 :P

Made from a 200 foot birch tree Roger hauled on his back for 7KMs then manually hand carved down into a selfie stick, no doubt  :ninja:
Hey who told you?...
 akimbo
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 20, 2016, 11:57:27 AM
I bottled 5Gal of "all sap" smoked maple amber and kegged the other 5gal last night.

I used home made syrup for bottle conditioning and for extra maple flavoring in the keg.

Having only ever used maple syrup in the fermenter before (with never having any luck getting maple flavor), I had no idea how much to use for priming or for flavoring in the keg.  I used this logic, I hope it makes sense but I have no idea what to expect... There is a lot of guessing involved and way more math that I though would be involved with making homebrew, lol.  Needless to say, I will be storing the bottles in a Tupperware tote in case I get some bottle bombs.


Normal grabe B syrup is approximately 60% sugar (pretty much all fermentable). I'm guessing my homemade syrup is about the same. The refractometer won't read that high and I didn't bother diluting 10/1 to figure it out - Probably should have.

I normally use 1.25 cups or corn sugar (approx 7.5oz) to bulk prime a 5 gal batch to 3.3 co2 volume at 20cel (it's on the high end, I know. I'd rather have over carbonated than under and wanted some maple flavor to remain).

In order to figure out how much maple syrup to use, I multiplied the 7.5oz by 1.67 (since syrup is only 60% sugar). This means I would need approx. 12.5oz of syrup to get the same sugar content.

I pasteurized 12.5oz of syrup for the 5Gal bottle bulk priming and another 12.5 for the 5Gal in the keg.
Where the keg is in the fridge, it shouldn't ferment so I will likely remain much sweeter and have much more maple flavor there.

This might not turn out like I am hoping for but at least I will be able to see how the two compare and will know what not to do next time.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 20, 2016, 01:53:31 PM
I bottled 5Gal of "all sap" smoked maple amber and kegged the other 5gal last night.

I used home made syrup for bottle conditioning and for extra maple flavoring in the keg.

Having only ever used maple syrup in the fermenter before (with never having any luck getting maple flavor), I had no idea how much to use for priming or for flavoring in the keg.  I used this logic, I hope it makes sense but I have no idea what to expect... There is a lot of guessing involved and way more math that I though would be involved with making homebrew, lol.  Needless to say, I will be storing the bottles in a Tupperware tote in case I get some bottle bombs.


Normal grabe B syrup is approximately 60% sugar (pretty much all fermentable). I'm guessing my homemade syrup is about the same. The refractometer won't read that high and I didn't bother diluting 10/1 to figure it out - Probably should have.

I normally use 1.25 cups or corn sugar (approx 7.5oz) to bulk prime a 5 gal batch to 3.3 co2 volume at 20cel (it's on the high end, I know. I'd rather have over carbonated than under and wanted some maple flavor to remain).

In order to figure out how much maple syrup to use, I multiplied the 7.5oz by 1.67 (since syrup is only 60% sugar). This means I would need approx. 12.5oz of syrup to get the same sugar content.

I pasteurized 12.5oz of syrup for the 5Gal bottle bulk priming and another 12.5 for the 5Gal in the keg.
Where the keg is in the fridge, it shouldn't ferment so I will likely remain much sweeter and have much more maple flavor there.

This might not turn out like I am hoping for but at least I will be able to see how the two compare and will know what not to do next time.
For the bottles why not use an online priming sugar calculator like this one?

https://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 20, 2016, 02:12:24 PM
For the bottles why not use an online priming sugar calculator like this one?

https://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/


Well damn, that would have made things much easier ..  Thanks, lol.

According to that calculator, I with 12.5oz of syrup at 20C, I should expect 4.8 volume  :frazzled:  That is "Simpsons" atomic beer bomb territory... I might pop the caps and recap them tomorrow night..
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 20, 2016, 02:48:46 PM
For the bottles why not use an online priming sugar calculator like this one?

https://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/


Well damn, that would have made things much easier ..  Thanks, lol.

According to that calculator, I with 12.5oz of syrup at 20C, I should expect 4.8 volume  :frazzled:  That is "Simpsons" atomic beer bomb territory... I might pop the caps and recap them tomorrow night..

4.8! Hope you have those in some thick glass  :lol:  Maybe warn people before you pop one of those at a meeting.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on April 22, 2016, 07:40:56 PM
Tonight I'm brewing my first hefeweizen of the year  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on April 22, 2016, 07:46:48 PM
Tonight I'm brewing my first hefeweizen of the year  :cheers:
Can't wait to try it :D

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on April 23, 2016, 03:10:19 PM
First brew of the season tomorrow.

Just a quick and simple IPA, Gold LME, with a little bit of biscuit malt thrown in, Chinook leaf for bittering (that I grew myself), and a bunch of Centennial for aroma and flavor.

Will be the first time using my Fast Ferment that I got for Xmas as well!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on April 23, 2016, 10:52:11 PM
Tonight I brewed the beer that inspired my black box comp beer. Should be interesting to see how much better it tastes with the proper ingredients :)
http://www.brewersfriend.com/homebrew/recipe/view/341869/bells-2-hearted-clone
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 25, 2016, 09:24:57 AM
So today I'm brewing my birch sap saison. I plugged up the trees yesterday. I got over 30 gallons from 4 trees. One of them was running so hard that the sap was dripping from the end of the wooden plug. The tree had so much hydraulic pressure that it pushed the sap through the grains of the wood...
I froze 15+ gallons for future use. Not sure yet what style of beer to make with it though. It makes a very tasty saison so probably most Belgian styles.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on April 26, 2016, 01:38:29 AM
First brew of the season tomorrow.

Just a quick and simple IPA, Gold LME, with a little bit of biscuit malt thrown in, Chinook leaf for bittering (that I grew myself), and a bunch of Centennial for aroma and flavor.

Will be the first time using my Fast Ferment that I got for Xmas as well!

Thought the yeast was old (it was, harvested back in July), put it in a starter 3 days before brew day....and nothing in the starter vessel at all. But pitched it anyway. Didn't seem to be any activity in the airlock at all, so went and bought a fresh pack of 1056 and pitched it. Much to my surprise (after dumping the ball on the fast ferment), there was a small krausen on the beer from the old yeast(smelled wonderful), but by that time I had already smacked the Wyeast pack, and dumped the collection ball. Oh well, live and learn I guess.

When putting the cover on the fast ferment on brew day, I somehow misplaced the silicon O ring for the top cover. No where to be seen, thought maybe that it fell into the FF, but you would have thought it would have floated. Saw nothing so had to improvise. Took a large freezer bag, cut it in half and then put it over the mouth of the FF, screwed the cover on.

Thought Noble Grape would have them, since they sell the FF...but alas no, they have to order them from Halifax. Common part that gets wrecked or lost (according to some other forums) you would think they would stock a few. Ahh well, will have them for next time. Just hope the freezer bag plastic is providing enough of a seal for the top.

Also, the brew ended up with Cascade instead of Centennial. For whatever reason I thought the bines my friend gave me were Centennial, turned out to be Cascade. So oz of Chinook for bittering, 2oz of Cascade at 10mins, and then 2.5oz of Cascade in a 30min hop stand.

I didn't want the hop leaves to clog up the pot (despite it having a bazooka filter on the valve), so I put them in muslin bags.......accept of course they floated...so hoping they sat enough in the hot wort to do something with.

I was planning on dry hopping with Centennial (when I thought I had centennial leaf hops that turned out to be cascade), now I don't know. I do have centennial pellets I can use, just not sure if I want to now. Might just take a sample before I do that and see if I think it needs it. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on April 26, 2016, 08:57:41 AM
Hey @ECH (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2000) I have a gasket you can use until your new one comes in, just let me know if you want it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on April 26, 2016, 09:32:19 AM
They don't float. I've found mine in the bottom of the FF many times.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on April 26, 2016, 10:18:33 AM
Hey @ECH (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2000) I have a gasket you can use until your new one comes in, just let me know if you want it.

Thanks for the offer. The plastic from the zip lock bag seems to be holding a seal OK for now. NG says they will have them by the end of the week.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on April 26, 2016, 10:20:45 AM
They don't float. I've found mine in the bottom of the FF many times.

I would have thought that they would have floated......ahhh well, maybe mine is in it.

Dude at NG said to put some Vaseline on it to keep it fresh......made out of silicon I believe, not like it will dry out. Not really keen on putting something like Vaseline on  the beer side of the fermentation process!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on May 01, 2016, 10:57:02 AM
Brewing a Saison with Abbey base malt and Carabelge.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on May 01, 2016, 09:00:06 PM
They don't float. I've found mine in the bottom of the FF many times.

I would have thought that they would have floated......ahhh well, maybe mine is in it.

Dude at NG said to put some Vaseline on it to keep it fresh......made out of silicon I believe, not like it will dry out. Not really keen on putting something like Vaseline on  the beer side of the fermentation process!

Now of course, it is the newer silicon gasket, hard as heck to get the damn cover off to put the dry hops in!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 06, 2016, 08:42:32 PM
Brewing 10 gallons of American wheat tonight with orange peel and coriander. Half of the batch will get cherry purťe added after primary


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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on May 06, 2016, 10:00:33 PM
Brewed a chocolate maple porter today with my maple sap. Tomorrow is time for an IPA brew!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on May 06, 2016, 10:38:17 PM
May brew tomorrow dunno yet

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 07, 2016, 07:35:42 AM
Well, since there's no meeting by the looks of things I'm going to finally brew a kettle sour. I'll be splitting the batch. Half I'll dry hop with mosaic and Vic secret. The other half I'll be adding fruit, possibly mango and/or pineapple. I'm fermenting both batches with Brett Brux Trois Vrai.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on May 07, 2016, 10:02:29 AM
Brewing an American Barleywine. Full mash tun at 17 lbs of grain plus 3lbs extract during boil.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 12, 2016, 09:37:50 AM
Added a 3lb can of cherry purťe to half the batch. This is about 10 hours in and a large second krausen has formed. I'm excited for this batch...

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 12, 2016, 10:04:56 PM
Bottled 2.5 gallons of a dark saison I aged on Brett B and local cranberries for 6 months.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on May 12, 2016, 10:08:47 PM
think i will brew up a watermelon or strawberry blonde this weekend
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 13, 2016, 09:35:34 AM
Bottled 2.5 gallons of a dark saison I aged on Brett B and local cranberries for 6 months.

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The patience is strong in you
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 14, 2016, 01:37:18 PM
Bottled 2.5 gallons of a dark saison I aged on Brett B and local cranberries for 6 months.

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The patience is strong in you
Patience or laziness 

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 14, 2016, 01:50:50 PM
Souring is complete. Completing my double batch today.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on May 15, 2016, 09:32:15 AM
I'm brewing an American Wheat beer with Mosaic and Equinox hops.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 15, 2016, 10:24:19 AM
I'm brewing an American Wheat beer with Mosaic and Equinox hops.
Mmm those are two great hops!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 18, 2016, 08:59:51 PM
Prepping for a Flemish Red tomorrow. Inspired by Little Sal from Allagash.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on May 20, 2016, 01:20:05 PM
Yesterday I made a E.S.B., all my fermenters are now full!  8)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on May 20, 2016, 01:36:28 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160520/a68d151a89bb6b6ee2d2944aaa39d044.jpg)  brewing up the hoppy saison that Rob suggested
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 23, 2016, 11:16:30 AM
Brewing a Belgian session IPA with lots of amarillo and waimea today.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 29, 2016, 09:23:33 PM
Racking my Flemish Red to secondary on red wine soaked oak cubes, roselare and slurry from two different Flanders.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 30, 2016, 08:55:45 PM
Busy evening. Kegged my hoppy kettle sour (FINALLY). Second dry hop addition to my Belgian session IPA. Prepped pineapple for addition to sour beer base tomorrow. Got starters of French Saison and Brett Amalgamation going for a double brew day this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on May 30, 2016, 09:13:44 PM
Busy evening. Kegged my hoppy kettle sour (FINALLY). Second dry hop addition to my Belgian session IPA. Prepped pineapple for addition to sour beer base tomorrow. Got starters of French Saison and Brett Amalgamation going for a double brew day this weekend.
  i need to get my sour on
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on June 03, 2016, 08:18:11 PM
Double brew day... Made a Session IPA and an all Brett/Mosaic IPA.
Washed kegs, taps, and beer lines.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 03, 2016, 08:39:39 PM
Double brew day... Made a Session IPA and an all Brett/Mosaic IPA.
Washed kegs, taps, and beer lines.
Brett Mosaic IPA! My mouth is watering.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on June 04, 2016, 01:03:20 PM
Sunday brewing up an IPA with copious amount of Mosaic and Equinox.

Ingredients Amount    Name    Type    #
4.00 oz    Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM)    Grain    1
4.00 oz    Caramunich II (Weyermann) (63.0 SRM)    Grain    2
4.00 oz    Munich II (Weyermann) (8.5 SRM)    Grain    3
6 lbs    Pilsner Liquid Extract (3.5 SRM)    Grain    4
3 lbs    Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM)    Grain    5
1.00 oz    Merkur (Hallertauer Merkur) [14.0%] - Boil 60 min    Hops    6
1.00    Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15 min)    Misc    7
1.00 oz    Equinox (HBC 366) [15.0%] - Boil 5 min    Hops    8
1.00 oz    Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.2%] - Boil 5 min    Hops    9
1.00 oz    Equinox (HBC 366) [15.0%] - Steep 60 min    Hops    10
1.00 oz    Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.2%] - Steep 60 min    Hops    11
2.00 oz    Equinox (HBC 366) [15.0%] - Dry Hop 7 days    Hops    12
2.00 oz    Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.2%] - Dry Hop 7 days    Hops    13


Just noticed the steep time on the hop stand hops, should be 30min, not 60.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 04, 2016, 05:12:21 PM
Kegged a Belgian session IPA today. Prepped for double brew day tomorrow.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 05, 2016, 07:48:48 PM
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Double brew day. Brett Grisette to age for 6 months and a hoppy Grisette with azacca and Nelson.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on June 06, 2016, 06:26:09 PM
Is that a simultaneous double brew day or back to back?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 06, 2016, 06:51:20 PM
Is that a simultaneous double brew day or back to back?
Mashed for 10 gallons and separated prior to boil. That took long enough!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on June 06, 2016, 10:55:04 PM
Mashed for 10 gallons and separated prior to boil. That took long enough!

Same thing I did... Had two boils going at once from the same mash but I forgot to take the double boil off into consideration so it threw my numbers off, oops
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 06, 2016, 11:08:56 PM
Mashed for 10 gallons and separated prior to boil. That took long enough!

Same thing I did... Had two boils going at once from the same mash but I forgot to take the double boil off into consideration so it threw my numbers off, oops
I did the exact same thing but luckily realized before starting the boils and was able to adjust.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on June 11, 2016, 07:08:38 PM
I've been really busy lately so I've been putting a lot off and its starting to catch up to me. Today I brewed a pretty simple Weizen and a 1 Gal recipe to try and clone limberlost from the dreggs I collected. I also FINALLY finished vacuum sealing all my hops that were in big 1 lbs bags into 1 oz bags and I'm planning on bottling 3 batches or more batches.

Its 7 p.m. and nothing has gone wrong yet. Pray for me.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 12, 2016, 08:15:23 PM
Prepping for brew day tomorrow. A session IPA with Citra, Galaxy, Equinox, and Brett C  :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on June 12, 2016, 10:18:08 PM
Brewed 10 gals of american wheat today. That's two batches in a row, but I really like having a bunch available in the summer
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 13, 2016, 08:17:47 AM
Brewed 10 gals of american wheat today. That's two batches in a row, but I really like having a bunch available in the summer
Love that style for the summer. Something that's definitely on my list coming up.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on June 14, 2016, 11:04:50 AM
What do you normally do for hops on the Am. Wheat? I used Amarillo at 60 minutes for about 27 IBUs, but I've been reading about many using more late addition hops in this style.

Also, I didn't plan very well and only had S04 on hand. I'm fermenting at 15.5 (60f) hoping to keep the esters down. I forgot how aggressive s04 is!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 14, 2016, 12:28:27 PM
What do you normally do for hops on the Am. Wheat? I used Amarillo at 60 minutes for about 27 IBUs, but I've been reading about many using more late addition hops in this style.

Also, I didn't plan very well and only had S04 on hand. I'm fermenting at 15.5 (60f) hoping to keep the esters down. I forgot how aggressive s04 is!
I tend to use additions at 10, and flame out with steep,and skip the 60. Not to say that's the right way to do that style, just what I do.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on June 14, 2016, 12:48:47 PM
I tend to use additions at 10, and flame out with steep,and skip the 60. Not to say that's the right way to do that style, just what I do.

Ditto.. I've turned into a big fan of American Wheat and Wheat IPA's fan lately. My next brew day will be Session American wheat... Great summer beer!

I typically use no bittering hops (or very little) and go a bit heavy on the late/dry hops but that is just my taste preference. I tend to stick to my favorites (Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic) for a "tropical" hopiness.

I usually split the batch into two fermenters and dry hop the hell out of one and let the other one ferment dry-hop free. It makes a good light beer to have on tap for visitors who aren't big on "bitter" craft beer or to have a few on hot days...  Adding artificial fruit flavoring works really well in them too (my wife loves her blueberry or peach wheat beer).     :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on June 15, 2016, 11:53:07 AM
Are you fermenting with US-05? I've been looking at a few of the 'American Wheat' yeast strains.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on June 15, 2016, 03:01:11 PM
I prefer WLP001 but usually end up using US-05 because I'm lazy :cheers:

Some say it's the same but I'll argue that all day.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on June 16, 2016, 10:55:37 AM
Incase anyone doesn't know what to brew:
https://thedoorkeep.github.io/wtfbeer/
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on June 16, 2016, 11:40:45 AM
Incase anyone doesn't know what to brew:
https://thedoorkeep.github.io/wtfbeer/

LOL... nice.
Apparently I'm brewing a "a high gravity kentucky common" next.  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 16, 2016, 12:13:18 PM
Incase anyone doesn't know what to brew:
https://thedoorkeep.github.io/wtfbeer/

LOL... nice.
Apparently I'm brewing a "a high gravity kentucky common" next.  :rock:
For me it was a Flanders red with tons of hallertau hops.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on June 16, 2016, 12:30:41 PM
Belgian single with amber malt and columbus.

Hmmm...that might actually work. And I have everything for it
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on June 16, 2016, 06:39:12 PM
German Hefeweizen. Funny thing is that's whats fermenting right now...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on June 18, 2016, 08:09:21 PM
Brewing a Saturday night brown

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 25, 2016, 08:19:16 PM
Kegging a Brett Session IPA, brewed with Galaxy, Citra, Equinox and Brett C.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on June 26, 2016, 03:19:59 AM
Bottling my Smorgasbord IPA tomorrow. Grain bill was basically what I had left over for grains from last fall (some munich, cara, aromatic) hopped with copious amounts of Mosaic and Equinox.

Planned on doing a brew day either Sunday or Monday, but with the power outage today, it kinda put the kibash on doing a starter up. Probably will do a brew day on Canada Day.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on July 26, 2016, 07:40:27 AM
Got a starter going last night for a NEPA brew day this weekend. This is 8 hours later, LAIII is such a beast!
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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on August 01, 2016, 02:51:23 PM
Hi everyone, came back from Vacation no more beer in the keezer  :(

i'm brewing today a fresh pale ale and looking to brew more this week.

 :cheers: hope you enjoy your summer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Brian_S on August 09, 2016, 10:20:34 PM
Doing up a second batch of jalapeno cream ale, the first went so fast my head spun.....and my ass burned :)

B
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 09, 2016, 10:50:38 PM
Cleaned two kegs. One will be filled with a NEPA tomorrow.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on August 14, 2016, 11:05:49 AM
Making a 25gal batch of Kitchen Sink IPA with @Al-Loves-Wine (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1173)

Turns out we had a whole lot more old leftover hops than I thought:
14 hop varieties totaling 102.8oz... All late addition or whirlpool.  :frazzled:

I don't know why

Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 14, 2016, 11:16:17 AM
Nice!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Eric on August 14, 2016, 01:31:02 PM
Hi everyone,

Good day to brew today, I'm brewing a imperial IPA today.

I have a red Flanders on the go (6 month old)but i'm scare off the white stuff on the top???

Any one now something about this?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 14, 2016, 04:24:21 PM
Hi everyone,

Good day to brew today, I'm brewing a imperial IPA today.

I have a red Flanders on the go (6 month old)but i'm scare off the white stuff on the top???

Any one now something about this?
This is a pellicle formed by the Brett strains to protect the beer from oxygen. It's a good thing!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on August 15, 2016, 01:29:02 AM
Brewed up a quick SMaSH brew Sat. night.

5gal

6lbs of light DME, 1oz of Zythos at 60, 1oz of Zythos at 10, and 3oz of Zythos on steep for 20min, and however long it took to cool down. Plan on dry hopping with another 5oz. Should be easy drinking and quite tropical.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on August 15, 2016, 10:08:11 AM
Making a 25gal batch of Kitchen Sink IPA with @Al-Loves-Wine (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1173)

Turns out we had a whole lot more old leftover hops than I thought:
14 hop varieties totaling 102.8oz... All late addition or whirlpool.  :frazzled:


This is what 102oz of hops in the kettle looks like. We pointed the recirculating arm through the sides of the baskets and hop bag during chilling to get better utilization and ended up losing approximately 5 Gals to hop absorption.

I might skip the dry hopping in this one :rock:

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/blysster/Misc/46352C39-D0BF-40E3-8586-6FF76736D42C.jpg)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/blysster/Misc/DCB2438C-63F9-4D91-A62C-8BBACF5C897D.jpg)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 15, 2016, 12:03:38 PM
Making a 25gal batch of Kitchen Sink IPA with @Al-Loves-Wine (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1173)

Turns out we had a whole lot more old leftover hops than I thought:
14 hop varieties totaling 102.8oz... All late addition or whirlpool.  :frazzled:


This is what 102oz of hops in the kettle looks like. We pointed the recirculating arm through the sides of the baskets and hop bag during chilling to get better utilization and ended up losing approximately 5 Gals to hop absorption.

I might skip the dry hopping in this one :rock:

(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/blysster/Misc/46352C39-D0BF-40E3-8586-6FF76736D42C.jpg)
(http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad200/blysster/Misc/DCB2438C-63F9-4D91-A62C-8BBACF5C897D.jpg)
How do we get some of this?!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on August 15, 2016, 12:09:01 PM
How do we get some of this?!

You might need to a note from your doctor but I'll make sure to get you some  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on August 18, 2016, 02:43:27 PM
Few weeks ago I made a Pale Ale with Australian hops Galaxy and Summer. These hops are very good and the keg went down real quick. I will definitely reuse these varieties.

This weekend I will be making a 5 gallon of double IPA with a pound of dark crystal and 20oz of hops (Centennial, Amarillo and Citra).
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 19, 2016, 04:44:34 PM
Brewing 10 gallons of pale ale with centennial, Amarillo and Nelson.

Set up outside instead of the garage

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on August 19, 2016, 04:52:38 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 19, 2016, 08:36:25 PM
Brewing 10 gallons of pale ale with centennial, Amarillo and Nelson.

Set up outside instead of the garage

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That sounds like a great mix of hops!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 19, 2016, 09:58:41 PM
I was kind of guessing, as both Amarillo and NS are new to me. I went with 1.5oz of centennial at 60, 1oz each of NS and Amarillo at 15min, and then 2oz of amarillo and NS at flameout.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 20, 2016, 08:03:47 AM
That sounds like a good plan. Nelson and Amarillo are great hops and I'd be interested to hear what you think of them together. Are you dry hopping?

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on August 22, 2016, 09:20:14 PM
I think one keg for sure, so I can see how much of a difference it makes. Then I might do the second after a while.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Draveur77 on August 23, 2016, 09:56:23 AM
Did a dry stout Sunday, It will be called The Mc Gregor !!!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on September 11, 2016, 09:35:50 AM
Bad planning.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 11, 2016, 03:05:03 PM
If by bad planning you mean lack of space. You should put the co2 tank outside the keezer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on September 12, 2016, 09:25:11 AM
If by bad planning you mean lack of space. You should put the co2 tank outside the keezer.

There is enough space but not a drop of beer to be seen. I find it hard to find the time to brew in the summer. There is a batch in the carboy but still a week from the keg.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 12, 2016, 11:45:12 PM
If by bad planning you mean lack of space. You should put the co2 tank outside the keezer.

There is enough space but not a drop of beer to be seen. I find it hard to find the time to brew in the summer. There is a batch in the carboy but still a week from the keg.
Ah! Now I understand. Everything else looks spot on in that case. Except for the lack of kegs that is...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 13, 2016, 09:39:24 PM
I bottled my limberlost clone about two weeks ago. I can't remember if I posted on here about it but I built up a culture from about 5 cans and pitched it into a small 1 gallon batch and let it rid out for about 3 months. The brett flavour is there but it only got down to 1.022 and is a little thin. I'm going to try it one more time with the pure culture, maybe build it up a bit more and ferment warmer and see if that helps.

The story about the original is here: https://www.sawdustcitybrewing.com/limberlost/
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on September 21, 2016, 01:24:20 PM
I've been falling behind on my "brew at least once a month" target and my pipeline has been hurting because of it so last night I brewed two 10 Gal batches:


Up next will be a Flanders Red (I've been putting this one off for way too long) or possibly a Nelson Wheat black IPA.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on September 22, 2016, 01:12:37 PM


Up next will be a Flanders Red (I've been putting this one off for way too long) [...]

I just received my White labs Belgian sour mix 1  http://www.whitelabs.com/yeast/wlp655-belgian-sour-mix-1

I'll make a Flanders Red this weekend.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 22, 2016, 02:11:20 PM


Up next will be a Flanders Red (I've been putting this one off for way too long) [...]

I just received my White labs Belgian sour mix 1  http://www.whitelabs.com/yeast/wlp655-belgian-sour-mix-1

I'll make a Flanders Red this weekend.
Nice! Love it there's finally more guys in the club brewing sours.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Jake on September 22, 2016, 02:59:54 PM
Sour beer hitting the TW taps likely tomorrow evening ... our first on the big system!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on September 22, 2016, 03:17:25 PM
Nice can't wait to try it
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 22, 2016, 04:33:02 PM
Sour beer hitting the TW taps likely tomorrow evening ... our first on the big system!
;D awesome!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 25, 2016, 07:34:37 PM
Brewed 8 gallons of New England IPAs today. Split batch, half fermented with LAIII, the other Funktown.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on October 03, 2016, 08:31:48 PM
Autumn.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 16, 2016, 10:07:51 AM
Bottled an Oud Bruin last night and brewing a kettle sour Saison with these guys today (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161016/2dbd933639b7167dfbf6959d02a35f01.jpg)

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 17, 2016, 12:05:09 AM
I went and picked up 6 lbs of cortland apples from everett orchard last weekend and today I brewed a recipe I saw in BYO called 'Sour Apple' that uses wyeast 3191 berliner weisse blend. I'm planning to age it 3-6 months.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on October 18, 2016, 10:31:05 AM
Bottled an Oud Bruin last night and brewing a kettle sour Saison with these guys today (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161016/2dbd933639b7167dfbf6959d02a35f01.jpg)

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What did you use for your sour starter?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 18, 2016, 10:36:45 AM
Bottled an Oud Bruin last night and brewing a kettle sour Saison with these guys today (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161016/2dbd933639b7167dfbf6959d02a35f01.jpg)

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What did you use for your sour starter?
L.plantarum capsules

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on October 30, 2016, 12:13:22 PM
Brewing a NEIIPA today. Lots of Amarillo, Equinox, Simcoe and Mosaic

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on November 09, 2016, 07:49:30 PM
Using @Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) 's cold steep idea my third attempt at my black APA and a black APA without the black.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on November 16, 2016, 05:23:43 PM
...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 17, 2016, 10:16:38 PM
You've got me beat!

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Also kegging my MO winter warmer

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 18, 2016, 06:24:33 PM
Brewing my Christmas Swap ESB tonight. Maxing out the kettle for a double batch.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on November 19, 2016, 03:04:12 PM
Today I'm brewing 2 x 5 gallon batches.

I first did a black ipa with midnight wheat and all chinook hops.

The second is a Belgium dark strong.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on November 19, 2016, 05:11:51 PM
Tomorrow I am brewing up an American IPA
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on November 20, 2016, 10:17:45 AM
I had a change of plan yesterday. I decided to dilute my Belgian dark strong and I used dry yeast Belle Saison instead of a monastery yeast.

These changes make the beer a Saison de Noel.

Saison de Noel
Winter Seasonal Beer
All Grain (5.00 gal) ABV: 6.02 %
OG: 1.059 SG FG: 1.013 SG
IBUs: 45.0 IBUs Color: 18.4 SRM
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: nagirroc on November 20, 2016, 07:34:53 PM
spent grain in the compost...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Alain2 on December 05, 2016, 08:39:03 PM
I keged 2.5 gallons of the Saison de Noel and I racked the rest to secondary with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.

The current gravity is 1.007, so there is still some food to chew on for the Brett. I'm curious to know how long it's going to take to reach final gravity, 3 months, 6 months, who knows.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on December 26, 2016, 01:32:32 PM
Annual boxing day brew today. A NEIPA using LAIII, kohatu and azacca.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 30, 2017, 12:54:13 PM
Over the weekend I kegged a hoppy amber and bottled a sour Saison I aged on Brett and cherries for three months.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on January 30, 2017, 03:38:20 PM
The sour saison sounds interesting! I'd love to try that in the future
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 30, 2017, 04:29:31 PM
The sour saison sounds interesting! I'd love to try that in the future

It won't be conditioned but I'll try a bottle on Friday and if it's carbed I'll bring a bottle this Saturday.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 06, 2017, 09:14:09 PM
I had to make a trip out to saint john for some baby clothes consignment store (don't ask) a few weeks ago so I could finally justify making an order from the NB Craft Brewers Market (http://nbcbm.ca/) and get my hands on Omega's Hot Head IPA. I'm juggling with repeating the same recipe I used Sigmund's Voss Kveik to be able to definitely see the difference or immediately go wild and have fun with it.

I also grabbed one of Omega's lacto strains. I was excited to try it out but now I'm at a loss at how to use it. I think I bought at least 10 packages of different yeasts between everwood and NBCBM's "near" expired sales with no plans on how to use them. I really need to stop impulse buying...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 07, 2017, 03:26:04 PM
I had to make a trip out to saint john for some baby clothes consignment store (don't ask) a few weeks ago so I could finally justify making an order from the NB Craft Brewers Market (http://nbcbm.ca/) and get my hands on Omega's Hot Head IPA. I'm juggling with repeating the same recipe I used Sigmund's Voss Kveik to be able to definitely see the difference or immediately go wild and have fun with it.

I also grabbed one of Omega's lacto strains. I was excited to try it out but now I'm at a loss at how to use it. I think I bought at least 10 packages of different yeasts between everwood and NBCBM's "near" expired sales with no plans on how to use them. I really need to stop impulse buying...

I've been excited to try that Lacto strain from Omega, just haven't been able to come across it yet. Let me know how it works out for you.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 07, 2017, 04:51:37 PM
I've been excited to try that Lacto strain from Omega, just haven't been able to come across it yet. Let me know how it works out for you.

I'm torn between doing a sour farmhouse ale or a kettle soured flanders red.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 07, 2017, 08:58:20 PM
I've been excited to try that Lacto strain from Omega, just haven't been able to come across it yet. Let me know how it works out for you.

I'm torn between doing a sour farmhouse ale or a kettle soured flanders red.

Hmm that's tough, I tend to go traditional for Flanders styles and a sour Farmhouse sounds really good too. But the great thing about sour styles especially is experimenting with something new. I'm sure either would be really tasty.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 13, 2017, 10:47:10 AM
Over the weekend I bottled 2.5G of my Dark Funky Rye Session ale that had aged on dark cherries and raspberries for three months.

I also split a Brett Grisette I brewed 8 months ago. Half was bottled as is, the other half was transferred onto 2lbs/G of mangoes which will also get a hefty Nelson dry hop prior to packaging.

Finished up writing a recipe for my first Milkshake IPA as well  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on February 13, 2017, 11:39:02 AM
You're a busy guy! And quite creative. Where do you draw all of the inspiration from? I find myself mostly sticking to IPA, PA, Stouts and wheats without much experimentation
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 13, 2017, 11:55:53 AM
You're a busy guy! And quite creative. Where do you draw all of the inspiration from? I find myself mostly sticking to IPA, PA, Stouts and wheats without much experimentation
From blogs, books and just think up what would go with Brett or sour etc. I like having a variety of those beer available since it's so hard to find around here. Plus they're a lot of fun to brew. Plus despite what it sounds like they are very easy. Just brew and forget about the carboy for a while.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 13, 2017, 12:10:42 PM
anyone brewing on this stormy day?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 13, 2017, 12:28:15 PM
anyone brewing on this stormy day?
If I didn't have to work I would be.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Scott on February 13, 2017, 01:51:28 PM
anyone brewing on this stormy day?

I was planning to, but it looks like a good day for the power to go out, already been down that road a couple of times, power out part way through a brew day....nope, just gonna stay in the house and maybe drink one... or two. :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 20, 2017, 07:08:10 PM
Tonight I am getting a wild Lactobacillus going with some wheat malt and see how it turns out. If it goes good a kettle sour will be on next
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 22, 2017, 09:23:58 PM
After 48 hours the lacto smells good and has a nice sour taste looks like a kettle sour this weekend any suggestions
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on February 22, 2017, 10:25:15 PM
As your first one you can't beat a simple Beliner Weisse...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 23, 2017, 06:12:36 AM
I agree with @roger keep it simple the first time. If you bottle it consider doing a fruit addition to half. Make sure you pitch plenty of yeast as the low ph will challenge it's ability to ferment.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 26, 2017, 02:27:40 PM
After 48 hours the lacto smells good and has a nice sour taste looks like a kettle sour this weekend any suggestions
brewed up a Beliner Weisse smells good and has a nice taste
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 26, 2017, 06:04:58 PM
After 48 hours the lacto smells good and has a nice sour taste looks like a kettle sour this weekend any suggestions
brewed up a Beliner Weisse smells good and has a nice taste
Did you kettle sour or souring in the carboy?

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on February 26, 2017, 06:19:37 PM
Kettle soured didn't have a ph meter so I tasted a few times
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on February 28, 2017, 12:47:35 PM
Got a lacto starter going and kegging a Milkshake NEIPA tomorrow.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 24, 2017, 01:18:24 PM
Just mashed in 10g of Dry Stout, using the new immersion chiller for the first time.

Nice to get back into it, haven't brewed since Christmas!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 25, 2017, 09:21:30 AM
Brewing a NEPA today with Simcoe, southern cross and azacca. LAIII. Also dry hopping my Brett Grisette that's been aging on mangoes with a bunch of Nelson.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on March 28, 2017, 05:04:45 PM
Trying to make a brew my mom will drink...she is a wine drinker.

Brewing a biere d'champagne/champagne ale today.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 28, 2017, 06:39:49 PM
So what makes it a champagne ale?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on March 28, 2017, 07:42:49 PM
I doubt I'm doing it according to a style profile. I basically made a Belgian strong ale wort ~5 gal, going to ferment with us 05 until activity stops.

Then rack it to a 6.5 gal secondary with ~1.5 gal of white grape juice with a extra sugar added, pitch a pack or two of EC 1118 yeast and see how it turns out.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 28, 2017, 07:59:32 PM
I doubt I'm doing it according to a style profile. I basically made a Belgian strong ale wort ~5 gal, going to ferment with us 05 until activity stops.

Then rack it to a 6.5 gal secondary with ~1.5 gal of white grape juice with a extra sugar added, pitch a pack or two of EC 1118 yeast and see how it turns out.

Sounds interesting
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: brew on March 29, 2017, 11:15:22 AM
You need to save a taste for us - could be educational...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on March 29, 2017, 05:58:53 PM
Trying out Nordic Farmhouse recipe #3. I've ramped up a lot more dark malts and cedar tips. I'm going to split it in two and try one with hothead and one with kviek and see the difference.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 07, 2017, 07:39:20 AM
Getting busy now that everyone is on the mend. Kegged a NEPA last night and got two starters going for a split brew day. Half will be a Blonde(ish) for my father in law fermented with LAIII and the other half will be a pale sour base fermented with White Labs House Sour Blend. Finished a nnew recipe for another Milkshake IPA.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 10, 2017, 08:32:26 PM
Had a busy day today...
I brewed a batch of maple beer with all sap. Then I went for a hike to collect 7 gallons of birch sap brought it home and packed it in snow for an upcoming brew. Then like a fool I decided to brew a second batch...  :o
I won't be doing that again any time soon...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: magee_b on April 13, 2017, 01:03:02 PM
Had a double brew weekend recently with a good friend - testing out his new brewstand that he had built here in Malawi. Pushed through a Blue Moon clone and a Bells Two Hearted IPA clone.
(https://preview.ibb.co/daEh6Q/IMG_4028.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dUERY5)

Meanwhile I just cracked into a pale ale I brewed early March and dry-hopped with some Malawi-grown cascade hops that I managed to grow over here (first time I think that's happened!). Turned out pretty great and 'pale-ale-ish'
(https://preview.ibb.co/bNc26Q/IMG_4074.jpg) (https://ibb.co/eZW6Y5)

The first few sips obviously went down well.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on April 13, 2017, 02:04:19 PM
Looking good Brian!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 13, 2017, 04:26:36 PM
Had a double brew weekend recently with a good friend - testing out his new brewstand that he had built here in Malawi. Pushed through a Blue Moon clone and a Bells Two Hearted IPA clone.
(https://preview.ibb.co/daEh6Q/IMG_4028.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dUERY5)

Meanwhile I just cracked into a pale ale I brewed early March and dry-hopped with some Malawi-grown cascade hops that I managed to grow over here (first time I think that's happened!). Turned out pretty great and 'pale-ale-ish'
(https://preview.ibb.co/bNc26Q/IMG_4074.jpg) (https://ibb.co/eZW6Y5)

The first few sips obviously went down well.

Super cool. I think I might copy your sparge arm.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 14, 2017, 12:24:35 PM
Well the birch sap is running hard right now so I'm brewing up my yearly birch saison. At the rate it's running I'm gonna need to plug the trees by the end of the weekend because I'll have more sap than I know what to do with. I changed up the recipe a little this year but I'm still using all birch sap as my water.
 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on April 14, 2017, 01:29:35 PM
Well the birch sap is running hard right now so I'm brewing up my yearly birch saison. At the rate it's running I'm gonna need to plug the trees by the end of the weekend because I'll have more sap than I know what to do with. I changed up the recipe a little this year but I'm still using all birch sap as my water.

Good to know, I'll have to get out to my taps soon. Checked them earlier this week and I only had about a gallon from 4 trees.

I was suppose to brew my chocolate maple porter today but forgot to start my 24 hour cold steep yesterday... O well, brew day tomorrow instead.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 14, 2017, 01:40:05 PM
When it runs like it is now I need to collect twice a day...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on April 16, 2017, 02:08:00 PM
Been busy today. Kegged a root beer, currently brewing my chocolate maple porter.

Also trying to get the one pound mystery IPA (SMASH with 1 lbs. of orbit hops) to pour from the keg; think I may have let too much sediment flow into the keg... goddamn it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 16, 2017, 03:22:28 PM
Been busy today. Kegged a root beer, currently brewing my chocolate maple porter.

Also trying to get the one pound mystery IPA (SMASH with 1 lbs. of orbit hops) to pour from the keg; think I may have let too much sediment flow into the keg... goddamn it.

How did you make the root beer? This is something I've always been curious to do to have a tap for people that don't want to drink.

If the sediment was yeast then it will settle out in the keg. If it was hops something you can do is wrap cheesecloth or paint strainer bag around the intake of the siphon, I've found it helps quite a bit.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Cuba on April 16, 2017, 03:30:47 PM
Been busy today. Kegged a root beer, currently brewing my chocolate maple porter.

Also trying to get the one pound mystery IPA (SMASH with 1 lbs. of orbit hops) to pour from the keg; think I may have let too much sediment flow into the keg... goddamn it.

How did you make the root beer? This is something I've always been curious to do to have a tap for people that don't want to drink.

If the sediment was yeast then it will settle out in the keg. If it was hops something you can do is wrap cheesecloth or paint strainer bag around the intake of the siphon, I've found it helps quite a bit.

It was just a bottle of root beer extract, but I am planning to do one from scratch this summer when I can go pick some wintergreen. The one I kegged today was fermented then back sweetened with lactose, but it would be even easier if you anted a non alcoholic version.

They have the extract at noble grape, think it is $7 for enough to do a 5 gal batch. And I'll post the real root beer recipe when I brew it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 16, 2017, 09:51:10 PM
Mmm root beer... Me an and my brother were just talking about our dad making root beer for us when we were kids...
I wonder how a birch sap root beer would be. I've got every inch of freezer space filled with sap. I plugged all my trees this morning. So I've got around 20gallons to play with. I might do another brown/porter'ish beer and maybe a 5 gallon batch of root beer/ginger ale for the kids with the rest of it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: magee_b on April 23, 2017, 09:17:09 AM
Working on an IPA today with my induction setup.Currently sparging.
Magnum, Crystal, Citra hops.

(http://preview.ibb.co/dpXVD5/IMG_4156.jpg) (http://ibb.co/kXVHt5)

I'll move the induction burner after the sparge, down to the ground for my kettle.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on April 23, 2017, 12:42:10 PM
Brewing a Milkshake IPA with Citra, Mosaic and Equinox.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 23, 2017, 01:50:08 PM
Today I'm doing a co2 transfer to my corny dry hopper from the fermenter. It takes a lot longer to transfer but the hop aroma/flavour is worth it in the end.
But man is it ever slow going!...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 23, 2017, 10:11:07 PM
I just bottled my first Kombucha (hopped and hopefully carbonated) while waiting on the maple sap to finish evaporating... Thanks for the SCOBY, @Cuba (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2037) ! The sample tasted great.

Still at least a couple of hours to go on the syrup.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 22, 2017, 10:39:43 AM
Prepping a Flanders Red I brewed a year ago to transfer to secondary. I'll be adding some red wine soaked oak cubes and a ton of blueberries. Inspired by Allagash's Little Sal.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on May 22, 2017, 04:22:29 PM
Smoking a small brisket I picked up at the farmers market and brewing a belgian pale ale. Trying out my new remote thermometer and a package of OYL-024 Ive had since mid-winter.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on May 22, 2017, 07:24:13 PM
Smoking a small brisket I picked up at the farmers market and brewing a belgian pale ale. Trying out my new remote thermometer and a package of OYL-024 Ive had since mid-winter.

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Must be what I was smelling today
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on May 23, 2017, 11:58:41 AM
Must be what I was smelling today

Someone between you and me has a smoker because I smell it when I walk my dogs and it always makes me hungry.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 26, 2017, 09:45:21 AM
Reviving my Brett C culture to brew a Brett Table Beer.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 04, 2017, 08:47:32 PM
Finally got around to brewing a Brett Table Beer today with Brett C, Amarillo and Centennial.

I also wanted to try to see if I could capture something useful for a sour around my house. So I placed a mason jar with hot wort, covered by a sanitized cheesecloth under an apple tree. I'm letting it cool over night and I'll try to grow a starter tomorrow. It probably won't work but it's something I've been wanting to try.



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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 18, 2017, 12:55:49 PM
Brewing a Rhubarb Saison, planning to add Brett on bottling day to see how the beer changes over the next few years.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on June 18, 2017, 04:19:25 PM
Finally got around to brewing a Brett Table Beer today with Brett C, Amarillo and Centennial.

I also wanted to try to see if I could capture something useful for a sour around my house. So I placed a mason jar with hot wort, covered by a sanitized cheesecloth under an apple tree. I'm letting it cool over night and I'll try to grow a starter tomorrow. It probably won't work but it's something I've been wanting to try.



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I've tried this several times and haven't had much luck. Everything I capture isn't strong enough on its own to ferment above 3% ABV and when I mix it with anything commercial it usually just gets overpowered and doesn't contribute much. I even have a couple I tried to go for multiple generations but they usually die out after the 2nd or 3rd pitch.

Let us know how it works out, I'd be interested to see if theres anything I could do better.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 18, 2017, 05:41:12 PM
Finally got around to brewing a Brett Table Beer today with Brett C, Amarillo and Centennial.

I also wanted to try to see if I could capture something useful for a sour around my house. So I placed a mason jar with hot wort, covered by a sanitized cheesecloth under an apple tree. I'm letting it cool over night and I'll try to grow a starter tomorrow. It probably won't work but it's something I've been wanting to try.



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I've tried this several times and haven't had much luck. Everything I capture isn't strong enough on its own to ferment above 3% ABV and when I mix it with anything commercial it usually just gets overpowered and doesn't contribute much. I even have a couple I tried to go for multiple generations but they usually die out after the 2nd or 3rd pitch.

Let us know how it works out, I'd be interested to see if theres anything I could do better.
Yeah I didn't expect much. Just something I've always wanted to try. I'm going to use it on a 3 gallon batch.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on June 18, 2017, 08:59:17 PM
Brewing a Rhubarb Saison, planning to add Brett on bottling day to see how the beer changes over the next few years.

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In the works for myself as all, just without the Brett (for now)

How much rhubarb are you using in it? All the recipes I see calling for up to 3lbs, 1lb last 5 mins of the boil and 2lbs in the secondary for 7-10 days
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 18, 2017, 09:13:04 PM
Brewing a Rhubarb Saison, planning to add Brett on bottling day to see how the beer changes over the next few years.

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In the works for myself as all, just without the Brett (for now)

How much rhubarb are you using in it? All the recipes I see calling for up to 3lbs, 1lb last 5 mins of the boil and 2lbs in the secondary for 7-10 days

For fruit additions I tend to add only in secondary, which is how I'm going to treat this beer. Because it's my first time using rhubarb I'm referencing American Sour Beers, in it Tonsmeire recommends a range of 0.5-2.5 lb per gallon. I will likely settle in at about 1lb/gallon as I want the rhubarb to be present but not over shadow the contributions from the yeast.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on June 19, 2017, 06:22:52 PM
Brewing a strawberry blonde.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on June 20, 2017, 03:22:34 PM
Just bottled up a NE Style IPA.

5.5%, about 50IBU

First time doing a partial mash, think it turned out pretty good. 2lbs 6 row, 2lbs of Vienna, 1lb each of Wheat and Oats, and then the rest light DME.

1/2oz of Simcoe at 60 for bittering, oz each of Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy at 1min, another oz of each for 20 min steep, oz of each again during fermentation and another oz of each dry hop for 4 days.

Yeast Bay Vermont Ale, which fermented like a monster. Did a double step starter to pitch. Went from 1.054 to 1.011 in about 3 days.

Initial taste was like drinking a glass of Tropicana OJ, with some  papaya and pineapple thrown in for good measure, surprising hop bite for only 1/2oz of Simcoe for bittering.

Cloudy like a thick orange fog.

(http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rtfgwgdwgrrwgkqxwkdtfrgkggfb,vi/brtwgbqddxbrdrwtkrrxbrtgtfbtr/4/326584/13742165/20170616_134612-vi.jpg)

Not that I do labels, but if I did, this would be it. For now it will be the place holder on Untappd.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on June 25, 2017, 11:16:14 AM
Today I am doing a double batch of my honey malt blonde 1 with new us05 and 1 with 6th gen to see the differences
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on July 02, 2017, 12:18:16 PM
Another NE style IPA brewed on Canada Day (tradition around here), Simcoe, Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria. First time using the MB hops, should be interesting!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on July 06, 2017, 01:25:42 PM
Just kegged my NEIPA. I used the recipe from the BYO magazine, however. I had to sub Galaxy hops out as Noble Grape did not have any in their stock.

 First time kegging and making this style, so I've had one step forward one step back in the whole process. "The Juice" came out a little boozey which I hope settles out in the next week or so.

Cheers,

Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on July 06, 2017, 03:50:21 PM
Just bottled up a NE Style IPA.

5.5%, about 50IBU

First time doing a partial mash, think it turned out pretty good. 2lbs 6 row, 2lbs of Vienna, 1lb each of Wheat and Oats, and then the rest light DME.

1/2oz of Simcoe at 60 for bittering, oz each of Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy at 1min, another oz of each for 20 min steep, oz of each again during fermentation and another oz of each dry hop for 4 days.

Yeast Bay Vermont Ale, which fermented like a monster. Did a double step starter to pitch. Went from 1.054 to 1.011 in about 3 days.

Initial taste was like drinking a glass of Tropicana OJ, with some  papaya and pineapple thrown in for good measure, surprising hop bite for only 1/2oz of Simcoe for bittering.

Cloudy like a thick orange fog.

(http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rtfgwgdwgrrwgkqxwkdtfrgkggfb,vi/brtwgbqddxbrdrwtkrrxbrtgtfbtr/4/326584/13742165/20170616_134612-vi.jpg)

Not that I do labels, but if I did, this would be it. For now it will be the place holder on Untappd.

(http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rtfggkfrgqfqbsdxwkdtfrgkggfb,vi/brtgtfbtrxbrdrwtkrrxbrtwgbqdd/4/326584/14214495/NachoII-vi.png)

Are you using a program to create those labels?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on July 06, 2017, 04:42:40 PM
Just kegged my NEIPA. I used the recipe from the BYO magazine, however. I had to sub Galaxy hops out as Noble Grape did not have any in their stock.

 First time kegging and making this style, so I've had one step forward one step back in the whole process. "The Juice" came out a little boozey which I hope settles out in the next week or so.

Cheers,
What did you sub in for galaxy? It can be extremely difficult to get.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on July 06, 2017, 05:22:16 PM
I increased the amount of Citra and Mosaic to help and I used Amarillo for the bittering. Not an easy hop to try and sub out. Why is thaf hop so hard to bring in?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on July 06, 2017, 06:38:48 PM
I increased the amount of Citra and Mosaic to help and I used Amarillo for the bittering. Not an easy hop to try and sub out. Why is thaf hop so hard to bring in?
It's incredibly popular and expensive. The commercial breweries are picking most of it up through contracts. It is an amazing hop, it was available on Yakima a few weeks ago for $30/pound US and it didn't last long. I was fortunate enough to grab a pound.

The hops you used will have a great profile.  Love all of those. There no real direct sub for galaxy bit I think you made good choices.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on July 12, 2017, 11:44:09 PM
Everwood has about 10oz of Galaxy left, if anyone is looking for it. Should have bought a pound of it when I had the chance.

http://www.everwoodavebrewshop.com/product-p/ebs-hop-gxy-oz.htm (http://www.everwoodavebrewshop.com/product-p/ebs-hop-gxy-oz.htm)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on July 14, 2017, 12:21:27 PM
I'm brewing my first real sour today. I'm using all the birch sap I had frozen from the spring. 2oz of aged home grown Hersbrucker hops from 2014. Grain bill is 14lbs bohimian pilsner, 6lbs flaked wheat. For a 12 gallon batch spit into 2 carboys fermenting one with WLP655 and the other with Forbidden Fruit and sour dreggs. I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on July 14, 2017, 01:15:50 PM
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I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...


This is what kills me about sours... I'm impatient, Damn it!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on July 14, 2017, 02:46:01 PM
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I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...


This is what kills me about sours... I'm impatient, Damn it!

Yeah, generally don't brew much over the winter as I brew in the garage, which is unheated and uninsulated. I would like to do a Brett beer, and being too impatient, winter seems like the perfect time to do it. Last batch of the year, and then let the brett sit until I fire up the brewing in the spring again.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on July 14, 2017, 03:57:35 PM
Quote
I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...


This is what kills me about sours... I'm impatient, Damn it!

Yeah, generally don't brew much over the winter as I brew in the garage, which is unheated and uninsulated. I would like to do a Brett beer, and being too impatient, winter seems like the perfect time to do it. Last batch of the year, and then let the brett sit until I fire up the brewing in the spring again.
I think alot of Brett strains actually ferment faster if you pitch it as a primary strain like for a Brett IPA for instance. They give you alot of fruity flavours if used first. But if you add it as a second strain and your looking for some funk than yea it can take some time. @robcoombs (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2012)  makes a great brett IPA using Brett as the only yeast.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on July 14, 2017, 04:01:19 PM
Quote
I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...


This is what kills me about sours... I'm impatient, Damn it!
Yea I hear that!
But I made 10 gallons so I'll sit it aside and brew an IPA on Monday so it won't be too bad. I wasn't using those 2 carboys anyways...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on July 14, 2017, 05:12:19 PM
Made a French/Belgian Saison today, first one in years.

I made a starter from a 2+ year old pack of French Saison but viability was too low and didn't want to risk under pitching so added in a Belgian Saison smack pack.


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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on July 14, 2017, 07:49:04 PM
@Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911) is correct. Brett as a primary doesn't need any more time to ferment than a typical American ale strain. I usually turn a Brett IPA around in two weeks.

Used in secondary will take longer but not a year. Even a couple of months us enough time to get a good amount of Brett character. In my opinion a year is too long for a Brett only beer.

Brett does work well long term with sours though. It is a necessary element to clean up any off flavours and convert them to more positive elements in the beer.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on July 14, 2017, 08:46:38 PM
Quote
I'll  let you know how it turns out in a year or two...


This is what kills me about sours... I'm impatient, Damn it!
Yea I hear that!
But I made 10 gallons so I'll sit it aside and brew an IPA on Monday so it won't be too bad. I wasn't using those 2 carboys anyways...

This is exactly the approach to take on long term sours. Poke the carboys away and forget about them, plus it's a good excuse to drink some sours so you can pitch dregs early on.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on July 22, 2017, 01:58:56 PM
Brewing this up tomorrow.

(http://media.fotki.com/1_p,rtgrgdfdstrdrdbxwkdtfrgkggfb,vi/brdkksgswxbrtwgbqddxwstrfgbwq/4/326584/14022372/MandarinSaison-vi.jpg)

Batch #30 since getting back into home brewing.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on July 25, 2017, 02:23:07 PM
Changed this slightly.

Asked my wife to look for mandarins or tangerines at the store, so I could add some zest to the boil and secondary. She came home with 2 naval oranges, so added about 3/4 oz of zest last 5 mins of the boil. And also came home with 1/2lb of kumquat. Not ever having a kumquat before, found it very interesting.

So, washed, and then soaked for about 5 mins in star san, then ran a knife down the length of the fruit, just enough to break the skin, then froze them. Gonna put them in once fermentation is complete.

Should make for an interesting saison. Belle Saison yeast is going nuts.


Brewing this up tomorrow.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on August 30, 2017, 10:31:49 AM
I'm going to be brewing a coffee black IPA on Sunday. Does anyone have any tips on brewing this style? I've been reading up on the use of coffee and will be tossing the coffee in the keg when I transfer the beer.

Here's the recipe I created, feel free to toss your thoughts below.

HOME BREW RECIPE:
Title: Jonnie Java
Author: Trip-P Brewing

Brew Method: All Grain
Style Name: Specialty IPA: Black IPA
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Boil Size: 7 gallons
Boil Gravity: 1.052
Efficiency: 80% (brew house)


STATS:
Original Gravity: 1.067
Final Gravity: 1.015
ABV (standard): 6.72%
IBU (tinseth): 61.04
SRM (morey): 34.99

FERMENTABLES:
10 lb - American - Pale 2-Row (79.2%)
1 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 40L (7.9%)
8 oz - United Kingdom - Chocolate (4%)
8 oz - American - Midnight Wheat Malt (4%)
10 oz - Flaked Oats (5%)

HOPS:
0.65 oz - Columbus, Type: Pellet, AA: 15, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 32.98
1 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 11.6, Use: Boil for 15 min, IBU: 19.47
1 oz - Amarillo, Type: Pellet, AA: 7, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 8.59
1 oz - Simcoe, Type: Pellet, AA: 11.6, Use: Boil for 0 min
1 oz - Amarillo, Type: Pellet, AA: 7, Use: Dry Hop for 5 days

MASH GUIDELINES:
1) Sparge, Temp: 151 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 7 gal
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.25 qt/lb

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
16.8 oz - Cold Coffee, Type: Flavor, Use: Kegging

YEAST:
Wyeast - American Ale 1056
Starter: Yes
Form: Liquid
Attenuation (avg): 75%
Flocculation: Med-Low
Optimum Temp: 60 - 72 F
Fermentation Temp: 68 F
Pitch Rate: 0.75 (M cells / ml / deg P)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on August 30, 2017, 12:25:12 PM
@robcoombs (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2012) had a very detailed post on his blog about his coffee stout: https://lostcompassbrewing.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/brewing-my-annual-coffee-stout/

It looks like you're adding a lot more coffee than Rob did and his one point of criticism on his recipe was that the coffee flavour over powered everything else. I believe he used a very dark and fresh roasted bean so that might make a difference too if you're using a lightly roasted bean.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on August 30, 2017, 12:49:38 PM
He makes a good point. I was wondering the same about how much coffee to use. This will have a nice little hop punch that should come through with the coffee, however. The last thing I want to do is brew a cold coffee.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 30, 2017, 01:04:12 PM
He makes a good point. I was wondering the same about how much coffee to use. This will have a nice little hop punch that should come through with the coffee, however. The last thing I want to do is brew a cold coffee.

@feldmann (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1986) is right. Especially for a black IPA version, I would say its even more important to use a freshly roasted bean. I would go to Paradise Imports, in back they have a roaster (Jonnie Java coincidentally), ask him to recommend a lightly roasted bean with fruit and/or citrus character. I think the amarillo is a good choice, I personally like some citrus hop character in a black IPA and I think that would work well with a properly selected coffee bean. So I would be inclined to sub out the simcoe for something like centennial. Otherwise the recipe looks pretty solid.

Lastly, I wouldn't add 16oz of coffee, especially if bottling (not sure if you are), best results (in my experience) has been making a cold brew coffee, you don't need a lot of water. Even 6-8oz is more than enough for a 24 hours steep in the fridge with coarsely ground beans.

Let us know how this turn out. Sounds tasty,  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 31, 2017, 08:09:54 AM
He makes a good point. I was wondering the same about how much coffee to use. This will have a nice little hop punch that should come through with the coffee, however. The last thing I want to do is brew a cold coffee.

@feldmann (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1986) is right. Especially for a black IPA version, I would say its even more important to use a freshly roasted bean. I would go to Paradise Imports, in back they have a roaster (Jonnie Java coincidentally), ask him to recommend a lightly roasted bean with fruit and/or citrus character. I think the amarillo is a good choice, I personally like some citrus hop character in a black IPA and I think that would work well with a properly selected coffee bean. So I would be inclined to sub out the simcoe for something like centennial. Otherwise the recipe looks pretty solid.

Lastly, I wouldn't add 16oz of coffee, especially if bottling (not sure if you are), best results (in my experience) has been making a cold brew coffee, you don't need a lot of water. Even 6-8oz is more than enough for a 24 hours steep in the fridge with coarsely ground beans.

Let us know how this turn out. Sounds tasty,  :cheers:

I remembered last night your crystal addition...it may be a bit heavy if you're trying to get flavour from coffee and hops. If you really want those flavours to shine through a little more I would cut the crystal in half, or even leave it out entirely.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on August 31, 2017, 08:59:44 AM
Thanks Rob for your thoughts on it. Yes, the name is not by mistake. I've been going to John and Nancy's for years now. We're spoiled to have them here in the city.

I'm going to be pulling a double shot of espresso and then adding cold water. I will be putting it into the keg vs bottling.

I was thinking the same about the crystal malt. Rob, you increase any other grain in place of decreasing the crystal malt?


PS here's the logo for the beer.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 31, 2017, 09:30:08 AM
Thanks Rob for your thoughts on it. Yes, the name is not by mistake. I've been going to John and Nancy's for years now. We're spoiled to have them here in the city.

I'm going to be pulling a double shot of espresso and then adding cold water. I will be putting it into the keg vs bottling.

I was thinking the same about the crystal malt. Rob, you increase any other grain in place of decreasing the crystal malt?


PS here's the logo for the beer.

It is a light crystal so you could just drop it to about 2%, I would leave it out entirely but I'm a crystal hater in anything hoppy.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on August 31, 2017, 10:46:36 AM
 Awesome. Thanks for the input on this. I will report back on how the brew day unfolded. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on August 31, 2017, 03:56:25 PM
Last Monday (during the eclipse) I had a chance to brew something interesting...
 I brewed a Russian Imperial stout using 50lbs of grain split between two mash tuns. I used the first runnings from both for the RIS and the second runnings to make a brown ale. I had a buddy help me outside with the brown ale and I made the RIS inside. So it was a simultaneous double brew day. I'm gonna call the RIS Eclipse Imperial Stout OG was 1.095 the brown was only 1.035 so I added DME to get up to 1.050.
It was a bit complicated but should be interesting...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 02, 2017, 03:46:10 PM
Looking to make an IPA with Kveik and I was thinking 75% 2 row, 25% flaked oats for grain bill. I want to hop schedule to emphasize fruity and citrus. I have columbus, citra, chinook, cascade, centennial on hand. Was thinking of a columbus/citra mix.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on September 02, 2017, 04:39:22 PM
Looking to make an IPA with Kveik and I was thinking 75% 2 row, 25% flaked oats for grain bill. I want to hop schedule to emphasize fruity and citrus. I have columbus, citra, chinook, cascade, centennial on hand. Was thinking of a columbus/citra mix.
Looks good. I haven't tried Columbus citra bend but I've had good results from centennial citra blend. You'll probably get a fruity dank character with Columbus citra blend. But that sounds great to me...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: magee_b on September 03, 2017, 02:41:51 PM
Brewed up an Irish Red this weekend. Used Crystal 40L, chocolate and some roasted barley, with EKG for the hop.

More importantly, my 4-month mission (takes a while to get things in via mail way over here) of getting a kegerator built was complete... custom taps and all!
Results are excellent - Have a blonde ale with a touch of home-grown hops on tap.
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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 03, 2017, 05:43:19 PM
Sweet tap handles!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on September 05, 2017, 09:41:52 PM
Very nice
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on September 06, 2017, 08:46:10 AM
Those tap handles are amazing.

Successful brew of the Coffee Black IPA. Thanks again for everyone who chimed in on the recipe.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 06, 2017, 01:10:49 PM
Heres my rough draft for my Kveik IPA. I wanted it to be hoppy but still let some of subtleties of the yeast come through. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions, more bittering/late additions?


Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Sigmund's Voss Kveik (The Yeast Bay)
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.013
Estimated ABV: 6.1%
IBU: 57
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 3.8
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days @ 95

GRAIN:
4.4 kg/80% 2 Row, Pale Malt
1.1kg/20% Flaked Oats

HOPS:
14g Columbus 15.5% @ 60min
14g Citra 12%AA @ 30min
28g Citra 12%AA @ 5min
28g Centennial 12%AA @ 5min
28g Citra 12%AA @0min
28g Centennial 12%AA @0min

MASH SCHEDULE:

Single Infusion @65C for 60 mins. Batch sparge.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 07, 2017, 07:48:14 AM
Heres my rough draft for my Kveik IPA. I wanted it to be hoppy but still let some of subtleties of the yeast come through. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions, more bittering/late additions?


Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: Sigmund's Voss Kveik (The Yeast Bay)
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.013
Estimated ABV: 6.1%
IBU: 57
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 3.8
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days @ 95

GRAIN:
4.4 kg/80% 2 Row, Pale Malt
1.1kg/20% Flaked Oats

HOPS:
14g Columbus 15.5% @ 60min
14g Citra 12%AA @ 30min
28g Citra 12%AA @ 5min
28g Centennial 12%AA @ 5min
28g Citra 12%AA @0min
28g Centennial 12%AA @0min

MASH SCHEDULE:

Single Infusion @65C for 60 mins. Batch sparge.

A friend of mine used this strain recently for a NEIPA, I'll ask him what he thought of it. I believe he said he fermented it in the very high range (above 35C) with no off flavors whatsoever. I think I remember him saying it attenuated really well so you may want to adjust for a lower FG. For what its worth the recipe looks good otherwise if you're looking for the yeast to still show some character. 
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 07, 2017, 04:38:04 PM
I've used it twice, once it went from 1.052 -> 1.010 (@30C) and then another from 1.043 -> 1.004 (@35C). I think I might adjust for it to finish a little lower though as I'd rather have it around the lower side of 6% than 7%. I'm assuming the higher fermentation temp might have something to do with it finishing lower.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on September 07, 2017, 09:43:05 PM
I need to brew something different. Anyone have suggestions I have Nelson, cascade, Chinook, citra,  Eldorado, falconers flight, Simcoe  and willamette hops grain I can get easily. I am drawing a blank lately for what to brew for something different.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on September 08, 2017, 08:08:53 AM
I need to brew something different. Anyone have suggestions I have Nelson, cascade, Chinook, citra,  Eldorado, falconers flight, Simcoe  and willamette hops grain I can get easily. I am drawing a blank lately for what to brew for something different.

Hoppy Saison, Nelson is perfect for that. 3711 is a great strain if you're unfamiliar with brewing the style.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on January 05, 2018, 11:58:26 AM
I've been itching to brew, but it's been so cold that it's just not feasible for me in the unheated garage. I still haven't talked the wife into a brew room in the house, either!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on January 05, 2018, 12:06:19 PM
I've been itching to brew, but it's been so cold that it's just not feasible for me in the unheated garage. I still haven't talked the wife into a brew room in the house, either!
This weather makes me thankful I can brew in a nice warm room with my electric system.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Powers30 on January 05, 2018, 06:41:36 PM
I'm brewing up an IPA to try and make it seem that I am in a tropical place vs this winter heck hole! :chug:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on January 05, 2018, 08:34:47 PM
I've been itching to brew, but it's been so cold that it's just not feasible for me in the unheated garage. I still haven't talked the wife into a brew room in the house, either!

If you have something you want brewed let me know my system sits idle a lot
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on January 21, 2018, 12:26:12 PM
Took advantage of the warm weather yesterday and brewed for the first time since October! Made 7 gal of a NEPA. 70% 2 row, 20% oats, 10% munich. All Azacca hops. I didn't have any boil hops, just 4 oz of whirlpool hops. I've never tried the whirlpool/steep method before. I didn't plan out a starter so I wasn't able to use LAIII. I had a pack of Mangrove Jack Liberty Bell Ale yeast (M36). We'll see how that turns out!

Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on January 22, 2018, 07:42:50 AM
Took advantage of the warm weather yesterday and brewed for the first time since October! Made 7 gal of a NEPA. 70% 2 row, 20% oats, 10% munich. All Azacca hops. I didn't have any boil hops, just 4 oz of whirlpool hops. I've never tried the whirlpool/steep method before. I didn't plan out a starter so I wasn't able to use LAIII. I had a pack of Mangrove Jack Liberty Bell Ale yeast (M36). We'll see how that turns out!
That sounds tasty!

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: HopHead on January 22, 2018, 09:20:22 AM
Took advantage of the warm weather yesterday and brewed for the first time since October! Made 7 gal of a NEPA. 70% 2 row, 20% oats, 10% munich. All Azacca hops. I didn't have any boil hops, just 4 oz of whirlpool hops. I've never tried the whirlpool/steep method before. I didn't plan out a starter so I wasn't able to use LAIII. I had a pack of Mangrove Jack Liberty Bell Ale yeast (M36). We'll see how that turns out!
Sweet 👍

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on February 02, 2018, 02:52:47 PM
I brewed up nice a simple Amber Ale today. 70% 2 row, 11% carared, 9% amber, 5% crystal 40, 2% chocolate malt. 1 oz Columbus @ 60min and 1oz centennial @ 15min.
And I must say it was great to brew something so simple. I've only been brewing NEIPA's and overly complicated brews for so long I miss just brewing a simple beer. No hop stands or starters of liquid yeast just dry us-05 and let 'er hang...
I miss just brewing simple brews just for fun. I was done in less than 5 hours instead of close to 7 like normal. I hope it turns out good. I'm kinda getting tiered of all the extra steps involved with NEIPA's. It's a shame I love them so much....
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 18, 2018, 11:37:21 PM
First brew day since I made my entry for the xmas exchange. Brewed a brett saison with a blend from escarpment. 15 minutes left in the mash and suddenly I realize I haven't taken any temperature readings. I guess thats what happens when you're trying to brew, cook dinner and change a baby's diaper 3 times in a row. Oh well, hit all my numbers.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on February 22, 2018, 08:37:26 PM
This weekend I'm gonna brew 30 hectoliters at the Garrison in Halifax of a Wee Heavy. Should be interesting...
I hope it'll be available here in NB this early spring. If not I'll try to get enough for us all to try.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 23, 2018, 11:50:30 AM
This weekend I'm gonna brew 30 hectoliters at the Garrison in Halifax of a Wee Heavy. Should be interesting...
I hope it'll be available here in NB this early spring. If not I'll try to get enough for us all to try.
 :cheers:

If its anything like you're xmas exchange beer it'll be phenomenal! Up until then I don't think I've ever had one I liked before.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on February 24, 2018, 02:14:30 PM
You're twitter famous @Roger (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1911)!

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(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWzIMSUUQAEMiiC.jpg)

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on March 07, 2018, 12:57:47 PM
That's awesome, congrats Roger! See anything different down there versus what the NB guys are doing?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on March 08, 2018, 04:03:26 PM
Brewed a pale ale yesterday and sparged the left over grain a second time to feed some of my yeast. This one almost blew the lid off just taking it out of the fridge and letting it warm up.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 14, 2018, 04:13:10 PM
Nelson smash hop additions at 30 20 10 and 5 min all 28g can't wait to try this    :drink:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 14, 2018, 06:28:15 PM
Mmm Nelson

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 14, 2018, 06:38:10 PM
Mmm Nelson

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first brew with them
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Tim on March 16, 2018, 09:04:42 PM
Brown ale with maple sap in the grain father tonight. Trying a sap beer was on the to-brew list for many years. Anybody else collecting sap for a brew this year?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 22, 2018, 01:41:59 AM
 I've collected about 10 gallons of maple sap so far. I'm thinking either an amber ale or maybe an Oud bruin...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on March 22, 2018, 08:27:52 AM
Brewing a ďGerman IPAĒ today. Pils, Kolsch yeast with lots of Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc and Tradition
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on March 22, 2018, 08:33:32 AM
I've collected about 10 gallons of maple sap so far. I'm thinking either an amber ale or maybe an Oud bruin...
If you do the Oud Bruin it would be fun a have a small batch with no maple to compare. I think Iíve read somewhere that birch has more complex sugar than maple, might be a better choice for the bugs
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on March 22, 2018, 03:41:43 PM
I used birch sap to brew a lambic last year. It's been in the carboy for almost a year now so I'll sample it soon to see what it's like before I transfer it onto some tart cherries. Once the weather warms up a bit and the maple starts to flow again I should have enough to brew a batch. Then I'll decide what to do with it. Probably an amber ale...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on March 22, 2018, 08:37:00 PM
Going to brew a smoked rye pale ale.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on March 23, 2018, 10:29:35 AM
I used birch sap to brew a lambic last year. It's been in the carboy for almost a year now so I'll sample it soon to see what it's like before I transfer it onto some tart cherries. Once the weather warms up a bit and the maple starts to flow again I should have enough to brew a batch. Then I'll decide what to do with it. Probably an amber ale...

I'd love to hear more details of the lambic
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 02, 2018, 10:30:11 AM
Today Iím brewing a Brett-NEIPA with Omega All the Bretts and a Funky Saison with Omega C2C American Farmhouse  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 02, 2018, 02:22:03 PM
Today Iím brewing a Brett-NEIPA with Omega All the Bretts and a Funky Saison with Omega C2C American Farmhouse  :rock:

That sounds awesome...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DanJ on April 02, 2018, 05:16:11 PM
Today Iím brewing a Brett-NEIPA with Omega All the Bretts and a Funky Saison with Omega C2C American Farmhouse  :rock:

That sounds awesome...


Yeah, buddy!  Don't be afraid to share.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 03, 2018, 08:09:04 AM
Today Iím brewing a Brett-NEIPA with Omega All the Bretts and a Funky Saison with Omega C2C American Farmhouse  :rock:

That sounds awesome...


Yeah, buddy!  Don't be afraid to share.

I'm all about sharing ;)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 03, 2018, 08:31:13 PM
So I've decided to try something new with a portion of the maple sap this year... A maple sap Dunkelweizen!
So that's what I plan for my brew day tomorrow.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 13, 2018, 09:06:47 AM
I made a Belgian stout last night. It was actually my first time cold steeping dark grains
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 13, 2018, 06:29:29 PM
Oh cold steeping is a nice method. I got hooked the fist time I tried it...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: AtlanticRebel on May 23, 2018, 03:36:42 PM
So, this past Saturday, I finally decided to get off my lazy butt, and finally attempt my first all grain brew(in my new Fermentasaurus).  I brewed a red Citra Bomb.

For my first attempt, I am not disappointed, yet not overjoyed.  I drastically under-calculated my volumes, and looks like I'll have more trub loss than I wanted.  My OG was acceptable, 1.041, I was hoping for a bit higher, oh well.

Everything is now chugging along nicely.

I have the pressure kit for it, unfortunately, no spunding valve, hoping it doesn't explode, I would assume the red PRV on it should keep that from happening.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 23, 2018, 10:19:19 PM
Awesome Marc!! The first time is almost impossible to guess your volume correctly. Hopefully you kept good notes so you can start to standardize!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on May 24, 2018, 08:43:18 AM
Yup, take notes on everything. Eventually you figure out which ones you need to make things consistent, and then you get good (lazy) enough that you don't even take them!

I had my first attempt at a maple ale with sap instead of water near the end of syrup season. I used a british ale yeast and it took forever to ferment but it's finally in the keg. I added 8oz of maple syrup to the keg. I'm pretty sure the majority settled to the bottom, which would explain why the first glass tasted like buckleys. It is still carbonating, but I think it's going to need to sit and mellow for a couple weeks.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on May 24, 2018, 09:20:11 AM
Earlier this week I brewed a white stout, or you could say a blonde infused with coffee, cocoa nibs and vanilla  8)

This weekend Iím picking dandelions for my 5th annual dandelions saison that I'm brewing next week. This year Iím incorporating roots that will be roasted
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Post by: ECH on May 27, 2018, 04:39:17 PM
Brewed up a 5 gal NEIPA, Pale Malt, Maris Otter, Wheat Flakes and Oats.

FWH with 1.5oz Amarillo, another 1.5oz of Amarillo at 0, oz each of Citra, Galaxy (lupulin) and Mosaic (Lupulin) for a 20min whirl at 180 degrees. Oz of Citra, 1/2 oz of Galaxy (lupulin), and 1/2 oz of Mosaic (lupulin) 3 times, once at high krausen, and then 2X after primary fermentation is done.

Fermented with Imperial's Juicy yeast.
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Post by: Roger on May 28, 2018, 06:39:49 PM
Today I brewed up my Birch Oud Bruin and transferred last year's batch of Birch Sap lambic on to 5kg of tart cherries and the other half onto birch syrup. Now more waiting...
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Post by: robcoombs on May 28, 2018, 07:34:24 PM
Today I brewed up my Birch Oud Bruin and transferred last year's batch of Birch Sap lambic on to 5kg of tart cherries and the other half onto birch syrup. Now more waiting...
Awesome! How much went onto the 5kg of cherries?

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on May 28, 2018, 07:43:59 PM
Today I brewed up my Birch Oud Bruin and transferred last year's batch of Birch Sap lambic on to 5kg of tart cherries and the other half onto birch syrup. Now more waiting...
Awesome! How much went onto the 5kg of cherries?

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I could only fit about 5 gallons. Ha!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on May 29, 2018, 08:36:45 AM
Today I brewed up my Birch Oud Bruin and transferred last year's batch of Birch Sap lambic on to 5kg of tart cherries and the other half onto birch syrup. Now more waiting...
Awesome! How much went onto the 5kg of cherries?

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I could only fit about 5 gallons. Ha!

 :banana: :banana: :banana:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on June 12, 2018, 08:30:41 AM
16 gallons of kettle sour last weekend:
5 gal lime gose
5 gal raspberries + citra
3 gal green grapes + nelson sauvin + hallertau blanc
3 gal caesar gose (tomatoes, clam juice, celery, pepper, lemon) probably the weirdest or grossest thing I ever did lol   :banana:
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Post by: Two Wheeler on June 12, 2018, 08:37:51 AM
Sounds awesome Jamie!

What's your kettle sour set up/process?
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Post by: jamie_savoie on June 12, 2018, 09:54:20 AM
Sounds awesome Jamie!

What's your kettle sour set up/process?

1- Mash with some acid malt (something like 5-6%) (you can also use lactic acid but I find it easier using acid malt in the mash)
2- Sparge like normal and chill to 100F
3- Pitch lacto into the kettle. Either with a 2L lacto starter or open 2 caps or probiotic per litre. (I prefer making a starter using 2 caps, 5-6 days in advance). You can also pitch a handful of grains into the kettle but Iím not a fan.
4- Let it sour for 24-48h until desired pH level (aim for 3.3-3.5). A pH meter is handy here but you can also go by taste. It help speed up the process if you can keep the kettle in the 80-100F range.
5- Boil for 15 min, chill and pitch sacch yeast to clean up
6- 4-5 days after add your fruits addition if you have any
7- Ready for packaging after 2 weeks

You can also do a co pitch. So do a beer like normal, mash, sparge boil and chill. Pitch lacto starter for 2-3 days then pitch sacch. But this way you have less control on the final pH. I prefer this method for long term sour or if thereís brett involved.

For kettle sour I use Jamieson probiotic which only has lacto-plantarum. For co-pitching I use Garden of Life (which is multi strains but it got plantarum, delbrueckii and brevis)
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Post by: Two Wheeler on June 12, 2018, 10:03:24 AM
Awesome, thanks for the details! I might have to give this a try sometime. I think my main struggle would be maintaining the proper temp for any amount of time.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on June 12, 2018, 10:24:15 AM
Awesome, thanks for the details! I might have to give this a try sometime. I think my main struggle would be maintaining the proper temp for any amount of time.
Itís not a necessity holding the temp, it just help to sour faster. I keep my kettle at around 80-85F using 2 wine belts. Plantarum donít mind lower temp (70-80F)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on June 12, 2018, 05:04:51 PM
Sounds awesome Jamie!

What's your kettle sour set up/process?

1- Mash with some acid malt (something like 5-6%) (you can also use lactic acid but I find it easier using acid malt in the mash)
2- Sparge like normal and chill to 100F
3- Pitch lacto into the kettle. Either with a 2L lacto starter or open 2 caps or probiotic per litre. (I prefer making a starter using 2 caps, 5-6 days in advance). You can also pitch a handful of grains into the kettle but Iím not a fan.
4- Let it sour for 24-48h until desired pH level (aim for 3.3-3.5). A pH meter is handy here but you can also go by taste. It help speed up the process if you can keep the kettle in the 80-100F range.
5- Boil for 15 min, chill and pitch sacch yeast to clean up
6- 4-5 days after add your fruits addition if you have any
7- Ready for packaging after 2 weeks

You can also do a co pitch. So do a beer like normal, mash, sparge boil and chill. Pitch lacto starter for 2-3 days then pitch sacch. But this way you have less control on the final pH. I prefer this method for long term sour or if thereís brett involved.

For kettle sour I use Jamieson probiotic which only has lacto-plantarum. For co-pitching I use Garden of Life (which is multi strains but it got plantarum, delbrueckii and brevis)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2yw9w1d.jpg)
This should be a permanent note on the forum for people to easily find. Simple, straight forward, well explained.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on July 19, 2018, 08:13:39 AM
First brew day in over 2 months it will be a basic pale ale for the rest of the summer. Now to plan something different for next week to brew.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on July 20, 2018, 09:07:32 AM
Same here, I hadn't brewed since April 30th.
Brewed a Belgian Bruin/Belgian Dubbel (Leffe Brune Clone) on Tuesday. Not super strong or anything, but I think if it finishes where I think, it'll be something like 5.9% ABV (instead of the suggested 6.5%ABV) which is fine with me given that I'll end up with 10 gallons of it.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on July 20, 2018, 11:21:33 AM
Oh man I'm way behind on brewing it's been super nice and busy this summer. And my keg fridge died! Gotta get back at it!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on July 20, 2018, 03:59:58 PM
Sounds like we are all in the same boat here
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Post by: jamie_savoie on July 22, 2018, 12:48:21 PM
Iím quite the opposite here, brewing like twice per months. Two weeks ago I did a hopfenweisse with hull melon, I have a starter ready to brew a NEIPA and I also have a lacto starter for more fruited/hoppy sours
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on July 22, 2018, 01:42:39 PM
I've gotten really behind with brewing. I'm brewing today for the first time in two months. I told myself that I wasn't making any plans besides brewing and cleaning the house inbetween.

I guess its probably a little late in the season now but I'm making some summer beers in the next few days/weeks. Today I'm brewing a Weizen, next on the list is a Belgian Pale Ale followed by a Saison.

I need to get my sour and wild beer pipeline going again...that dried up a long time ago...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on July 22, 2018, 08:40:15 PM
I've started brewing 10 gal batches which is nice but cuts down on the variety.
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Post by: feldmann on July 22, 2018, 09:03:47 PM
Everytime I brew something really good I wish that I brewed 10Gal. Everytime I brew something awful I'm glad I brew 5Gal.
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Post by: mikegraham on July 22, 2018, 09:53:32 PM
Everytime I brew something really good I wish that I brewed 10Gal. Everytime I brew something awful I'm glad I brew 5Gal.

Some weekend you want to split a 10 let me know. Like doing the 10 but wiah I have more variety
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on July 22, 2018, 09:54:39 PM
I've started brewing 10 gal batches which is nice but cuts down on the variety.

Reason we need a keg swap  :lmao: :drink:
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Post by: mikegraham on August 08, 2018, 06:19:57 PM
Hump day brew night why did I do this it's so hot out. Brewing a brown ale
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Post by: jamie_savoie on August 09, 2018, 09:03:45 AM
Brewed a neipa last monday. Vacation next week and Iím planning to brew a grisette, 15gal of golden sour and bottling a bunch of beers
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: robcoombs on August 18, 2018, 11:12:17 AM
Brewed a neipa last monday. Vacation next week and Iím planning to brew a grisette, 15gal of golden sour and bottling a bunch of beers
God I love grisettes

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on August 20, 2018, 11:33:57 AM
I have a bunch of time off work so its time for me to do a lot of brewing work I've put off all year. I'm planning to do a grain inventory and see whats been laying around for a long time and clear it out. I need to sort through my bottles because right now its an unorganised mess. My pipeline is in a desperate need of a real refill after a busy year so I've lined up a simple saison, a farmhouse style ale with kviek, a marzen for an oktoberfest party, an IPA to blast through last years hops and some sort of stout to brew.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: magee_b on September 16, 2018, 07:39:57 AM
I'm across the pond and am almost done the boil on Canuck's coffee porter - https://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=477 (https://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=477) - Using local Malawian coffee of course.

(https://thumb.ibb.co/fYGDxK/IMG_7087.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fYGDxK) (https://thumb.ibb.co/gW4oWe/IMG_7089.jpg) (https://ibb.co/gW4oWe) (https://thumb.ibb.co/heUu4z/IMG_7091.jpg) (https://ibb.co/heUu4z) (https://thumb.ibb.co/dqOXre/IMG_7095.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dqOXre)

Just looked through my grain inventory, and found out that I've got the ingredients on hand to pump out BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde (as seen at https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/centennial-blonde-simple-4-all-grain-5-10-gall.42841 (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/centennial-blonde-simple-4-all-grain-5-10-gall.42841)), so this just turned into a double brew day!  :rock:

Cheers from Malawi!  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 16, 2018, 08:45:52 PM
I'm across the pond and am almost done the boil on Canuck's coffee porter - https://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=477 (https://www.canadianhomebrewers.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=477) - Using local Malawian coffee of course.

(https://thumb.ibb.co/fYGDxK/IMG_7087.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fYGDxK) (https://thumb.ibb.co/gW4oWe/IMG_7089.jpg) (https://ibb.co/gW4oWe) (https://thumb.ibb.co/heUu4z/IMG_7091.jpg) (https://ibb.co/heUu4z) (https://thumb.ibb.co/dqOXre/IMG_7095.jpg) (https://ibb.co/dqOXre)

Just looked through my grain inventory, and found out that I've got the ingredients on hand to pump out BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde (as seen at https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/centennial-blonde-simple-4-all-grain-5-10-gall.42841 (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/centennial-blonde-simple-4-all-grain-5-10-gall.42841)), so this just turned into a double brew day!  :rock:

Cheers from Malawi!  :cheers:

I love coffee in beer but its something I've never done before. Let me know how it turns out!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on September 17, 2018, 10:13:38 AM
Last week I brewed an american rye stout using freshly dried homegrown cascade/nugget hops. Tomorrow Iím brewing an Hopfenweisse and hoping it with Hull Melon. For malt Iím using Innomalt  (https://www.innomalt.ca/)floor malted red wheat and their floor malted pils moderne. Fantastic malts if you can get your hands on some
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 23, 2018, 04:26:12 PM
I brewed a Marzen/Oktoberfest about 5 days ago. Realised before I didn't have anything to make a starter with so I sparged my grain a second time to get enough wort to make a starter and pitch a day later.

I'm trying out Brulosophy's Fast Lager Method (http://brulosophy.com/methods/lager-method/). I just reached 55% attenuation today so I'm starting my ramp up to 19C. Even at only 55% it tastes pretty good.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on September 27, 2018, 12:34:27 AM
Brewed a Rye Pale Ale on the weekend.

5.5gal batch

64% Maris Otter
26% Rye Malt (was supposed to be 16% malt and 10% flake, but Noble was out of flake)
5% Carapils (used Horton Cara Ridge)
5% Munich (Horton)

Lallemond London ESB

1/2 oz of Warrior at 60
1oz of Warrior and 1oz of Centennial pellets @180 for 30 min whirlpool
To the whirlpool I added what centennial and fuggles hop cones I had on the plants, should have weighed them, but likely about 5oz of cones, so about equivalent to 1oz of pellets, plus another oz of dried fuggles from my plants from last year.

1.057 to start on Sunday, was at 1.013 today, that Lallemond ferments quick considering estimated FG was 1.015, I will take it.

Seemed to taste not bad when I measured the gravity. Will take a balls worth of sediment (using a fast ferment) and let it clear itself up for a couple of days.

Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on September 27, 2018, 10:17:45 AM
Brewed a coffee stout last night. First time using coffee ever, I think.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on September 27, 2018, 10:31:12 AM
Brewing my annual RIS tonight. Target is 1.095, 10-10.5% and 100IBU  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 27, 2018, 10:44:40 AM
Brewed a coffee stout last night. First time using coffee ever, I think.

How did you add the coffee?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on September 27, 2018, 10:54:21 AM
Bodum Cold Brewed it. Added at knockout.
It said that you could either add it at knockout, or in the secondary.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on September 27, 2018, 11:02:38 AM
Brewing my annual RIS tonight. Target is 1.095, 10-10.5% and 100IBU  :rock:

Wow, powerful. I have some RIS from like seven years ago.
I bet you save a couple of bottles every year.


I also have several bottles of Barley Wine. It was essentially a clone of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. But everytime I open one now, it's not carbed.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on September 27, 2018, 11:11:26 AM
Bodum Cold Brewed it. Added at knockout.
It said that you could either add it at knockout, or in the secondary.

I was thinking about cold brewing and adding it to secondary.
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Post by: pliny on September 27, 2018, 11:18:18 AM
It would be interesting to compare notes. I usually add stuff at secondary. (I do single vessel and add it when vigourous fermentation is done). 

I think I was inclined to do knockout because I didn't want too much bitterness or overpowering, I don't know. I just remember that once I made up my mind, that was it.
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Post by: jamie_savoie on September 27, 2018, 12:47:57 PM
Wow, powerful. I have some RIS from like seven years ago.
I bet you save a couple of bottles every year.


I also have several bottles of Barley Wine. It was essentially a clone of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. But everytime I open one now, it's not carbed.
I save a few bottles but I drink most of them throughout the year
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 03, 2018, 11:53:41 AM
You think I'd of learned by now to use blow off tubes...

Should of figured this would happen using a whole packet on 3Gal :/

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on October 03, 2018, 04:43:35 PM
You think I'd of learned by now to use blow off tubes...

Should of figured this would happen using a whole packet on 3Gal :/


Wow.. Hopefully it didn't go all the way under the fridge/into the walls?

I've started putting the fermenters inside totes for this reason.. Even with a blow off tube (I've had it blow off before, what a mess)..
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 04, 2018, 07:38:02 AM
Generally they're in my fermentation chamber (where they also explode) but I have a Marzen in there right now so these had to be left out. I have some spare totes laying around so that might be a good idea...
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Post by: feldmann on October 04, 2018, 01:11:32 PM
Anyone be interested in splitting a batch of Bulwark Cider? (https://www.noblegrape.ca/products/bulwark-cider-pre-order) Theres also a competition involved if you're into that kind of thing.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on October 04, 2018, 02:05:05 PM
Tonight I'm brewing 15 gal of kettle sour. 5 gal will be with prunes from the backyard, 5 gal strawberries/kiwi and 5 gal black currant/black cherries
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: ECH on October 04, 2018, 05:52:50 PM
Since I have started putting fermcap in the boil, I haven't had anything come close to needing a blow off tube.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on October 04, 2018, 06:48:26 PM
Tonight I'm brewing 15 gal of kettle sour. 5 gal will be with prunes from the backyard, 5 gal strawberries/kiwi and 5 gal black currant/black cherries

This is something I need to do again
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: magee_b on October 10, 2018, 06:33:10 AM
I love coffee in beer but its something I've never done before. Let me know how it turns out!

Very tasty! I rushed it to keg for a variety of reasons, but it still turned out great.
Recipe calls for adding semi-crushed coffee beans to the mash, and then whole beans to the primary - I was skeptical, but wow, it's got plenty of coffee kick to it. Chocolate rye also really shines through. Might even dial the coffee back a tiny bit next time, but I'll wait and see how the flavour settles over the next while.

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Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 10, 2018, 12:30:50 PM
I think I'm going to cold crash and throw them in primary, do a sort of cold brewed coffee of sorts.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on October 13, 2018, 06:05:33 PM
I had great results last year with a coffee stout by just throwing a hand full of uncrushed beans (dry beanning) in the carboy for 2-3 days then 1 tsp. of vanilla in the keg. It was surprisingly good!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on October 17, 2018, 01:28:29 PM
Mid week brew session tonight. Kicked my ipa keg last weekend so itís time to brew another. First time using malted oats and golden promise. Using good old faithful citra + galaxy at 25g/L  :drink:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on October 17, 2018, 08:43:40 PM
Mid week brew session tonight. Kicked my ipa keg last weekend so itís time to brew another. First time using malted oats and golden promise. Using good old faithful citra + galaxy at 25g/L  :drink:

Coming from you Jamie, I'll have to try that hop combo.

Brewing a hefeweizen type tonight. Coriander, bitter orange peel and plenty of wheat.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on October 26, 2018, 11:54:00 AM
Big weekend in perspective. Tomorrow Iím brewing a rye-barleywine while smoking 3 rack of ribs and sunday Iíll brew a peanut butter porter. Gotta brew while itís still nice outside. Not all of us have fancy indoor electric setup  :P
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on October 26, 2018, 12:10:52 PM
Rye barleywine sounds really tasty
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Post by: feldmann on November 25, 2018, 02:05:24 PM
Does anyone have the instructions for those little labels people put on the grolsch lids?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on November 25, 2018, 11:08:45 PM
If you go to the Avery web site they have free label making templates. You can get the Avery round labels at Staples then just print them out.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on January 20, 2019, 05:45:38 PM
Managed to finally get ahead on chores and took advantage of being stuck inside today. Brewed a Golding Hopped English Bitter from Mad Fermentationist (https://www.themadfermentationist.com/2010/03/golding-hopped-english-bitter-recipe.html), mostly because I had everything on hand.

Had to make something with S-04 because it was the only yeast I had that was ready to pitch. Going to use left over wort to build starters for all the yeast I have laying around.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 05, 2019, 03:47:34 PM
So I thought I'd punish myself today and brew a Hefeweizen using a triple decoction mash.
I started at 7:30 this morning and it's now 3:45 and I just started my sparge. Still have a 90 minute boil to go. Better be worth it...
 :shakes:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on April 05, 2019, 04:52:35 PM
I brewed a 22 gallon batch 2 weeks ago, biggest batch yet.. Ended up filling 4 kegs last night.

Very happy not to be bottling  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: feldmann on April 05, 2019, 06:21:22 PM
I brewed a 22 gallon batch 2 weeks ago, biggest batch yet.. Ended up filling 4 kegs last night.

Very happy not to be bottling  :cheers:

This is the biggest reason I want to start brewing bigger batches lol
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 06, 2019, 02:59:31 PM
Last weekend I did my 200th batch of beer and to celebrate I did an imperial maple brown porter. Today Iím transferring it to secondary along with a piece of toasted and charred sugar maple wood. In a week or two Iíll add 2.5# of grade B syrup and in a few months when Iíll bottle, Iíll prime it with maple syrup
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 07, 2019, 09:53:57 AM
That sounds great @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) but be careful with priming with maple syrup. Last time I used it I over primed the bottles and they were way over carbonated.
Sounds like a terrific beer though!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 07, 2019, 12:41:38 PM
That sounds great @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182) but be careful with priming with maple syrup. Last time I used it I over primed the bottles and they were way over carbonated.
Sounds like a terrific beer though!
Do you know how much you used?
I was thinking using this calculator
https://www.northernbrewer.com/pages/priming-sugar-calculator (https://www.northernbrewer.com/pages/priming-sugar-calculator)
For 6 gal @ 2.2 vol it would take me 140g of maple (or 0.44cup)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 07, 2019, 10:06:10 PM
I used a calculator it was probably that one. But it's probably a good idea to take a gravity reading on the syrup first by watering it down a bit. That way you don't have the same issues I did.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on October 03, 2019, 11:11:56 AM
I finally had some time today to brew something. It's been 2-3 months since I brewed anything so the pipeline is empty.
Since the weather is getting cooler I thought a nice red ale was in order.
 I might add some spices to half of it and make it a pumpkin spice ale...  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on October 03, 2019, 04:16:11 PM
I finally had some time today to brew something. It's been 2-3 months since I brewed anything so the pipeline is empty.
Since the weather is getting cooler I thought a nice red ale was in order.
 I might add some spices to half of it and make it a pumpkin spice ale...  :cheers:

Cool. Yeah. It's getting colder. I recently brewed a Rye IPA.
I'll try to squeeze in a couple of brews in the next few weeks - just to make sure there's beer to keep warm.  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on October 04, 2019, 08:54:55 AM
About 2 weeks ago I brewed a hoppy 4% pale (aka session ipa), it was for the hunting camp last week and the boys enjoyed having a couple of taps in the middle of nowhere. Next week Iím thinking brewing a brown or a stout or both
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Scott on October 07, 2019, 05:42:52 PM
Not sure if this counts as brewing...I grabbed a carboy full of Revelation before it went to the fermenter and pitched Voss Kveik into it. Pitched at around 90f. which seemed a bit crazy. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out, this would be my first time using Kveik yeast
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: blisster on October 08, 2019, 12:58:47 PM
Last night I kegged 2 NEIPA, 1 black IPA, an Imperial Stout and a Raspberry Lambic..  It will be a great Thanksgiving  :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on November 04, 2019, 08:05:49 AM
I brewed for the first time in a very long time on Saturday. 5 gal of my go to stout recipe. I haven't had beer on tap in a while.

It was nice getting back into it!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on April 07, 2020, 05:25:58 PM
So being stuck at home does have it's perks. I brewed a batch of Birch Sap Saison today. Put my kids to work hauling sap out of the woods. So that made my job a bit easier...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on April 17, 2020, 11:22:57 AM
Since being confined I did a few brews:
-Triple IPA
-Peanut butter brown ale
-Haskap seltzer
-Pastry stout (coconut, almond, vanilla)
-English barleywine (13% all malt)
-Hefeweizen
-Helles
And I have a Czech Pils lined up this weekend  :rock:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on April 17, 2020, 11:54:36 AM
Since being confined I did a few brews:
-Triple IPA
-Peanut butter brown ale
-Haskap seltzer
-Pastry stout (coconut, almond, vanilla)
-English barleywine (13% all malt)
-Hefeweizen
-Helles
And I have a Czech Pils lined up this weekend  :rock:
Peanut butter brown sounds interesting
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on April 18, 2020, 09:22:16 AM
Since being confined I did a few brews:
-Triple IPA
-Peanut butter brown ale
-Haskap seltzer
-Pastry stout (coconut, almond, vanilla)
-English barleywine (13% all malt)
-Hefeweizen
-Helles
And I have a Czech Pils lined up this weekend  :rock:

8 batches is pretty impressive.
I have 3 in so far. I thought I was going to make a bunch, but it's not that easy/obvious.
- IPA (all citra)
- Munich Helles
- Amarillo Saison
I'll try to squeeze another one in if I see a window. Maybe another Lager. Then a Porter, then a Pale Ale...
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 11, 2020, 12:57:32 PM
Hey @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182)  I've been eyeing up Seltzers as well. Did you have any grain in yours, or all sugar? I've been reading that RO water and yeast nutrient is important. Any thoughts on yeast?
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on May 13, 2020, 11:16:01 AM
Hey @jamie_savoie (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1182)  I've been eyeing up Seltzers as well. Did you have any grain in yours, or all sugar? I've been reading that RO water and yeast nutrient is important. Any thoughts on yeast?
I did 3 different versions so far. 1 with 20% Light DME and 2 100% sugar and I prefer the one with 20% DME in it. Gives it a bit of body
I added 1 round teaspoon of nutriment and for yeast I used 2x sachet of EC-1118
I also used RO with 1.2g gypsum, 2.4g calcium chloride, 2.4g epson salt and adjusted pH to 5.0 with lactic
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on May 13, 2020, 04:28:25 PM
I knew you wouldn't disappoint  :D
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: jamie_savoie on May 16, 2020, 07:35:47 PM
I knew you wouldn't disappoint  :D
Let us know what you do and how it turns out. My fav one so far was the one with some dme along with lemon, juniper and some spices. Taste like a lemon gin tonic
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on October 15, 2020, 12:09:19 PM
Looking at my records, I haven't brewed since June 6th. I still have beer, but the pipeline is dwindling. Given the forecasted weather this weekend, it looks like a perfect time to brew (for me at least). I have some Kveik that I have yet to try. I've never fermented with this stuff. I'm excited about it. I'm not exactly sure what I'm brewing yet, but I suspect it will be something hoppy and something quick to replenish the inventory before it gets critical.
Hope all is well with you all. :)
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Two Wheeler on October 27, 2020, 08:06:56 AM
I'm with you Mark- need to get back at it. My kegs are empty and I'm thirsty!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: pliny on October 29, 2020, 11:09:18 AM
I hear ya @Two Wheeler (http://nbcba.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2007). The Fall is a great time to brew. It's quite time consuming, but once you can dedicate the time (about 5 hours for brew day for me), it's great to have that beer.
I thought I could squeeze another brew in this weekend, but it's Halloween and I  think we have company coming...Oh well.
Also, I find that when I haven't brewed in a while, I'm prone to forgetting things and making mistakes - even when I'm sober!
Another reason to brew more often, keep the skills sharp.  ;D
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on November 23, 2020, 09:01:40 AM
Finally brewed this weekend. I figured I should get one in before the water in the garage freezes. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure what I brewed as I ground up the grains months ago and have since forgotten what my plans were  :facepalm:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on November 26, 2020, 08:23:45 PM
Finally brewed this weekend. I figured I should get one in before the water in the garage freezes. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure what I brewed as I ground up the grains months ago and have since forgotten what my plans were  :facepalm:
It'll be fine! Worst case scenario you make beer...
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on November 27, 2020, 11:30:36 AM
Mash at 154, couple ounces of hops here, couple ounces of dry hops there. no problem!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Kyle on November 27, 2020, 09:27:28 PM
LOL... and as Roger rightly put it... worst case scenario... you get beer. This is a good hobby.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Roger on December 01, 2020, 12:29:28 AM
I finally got a chance to brew today since June.
Just made a simple pale ale with all home grown cascade hops. The hops smelled amazing!
Looking forward to this one.
Mostly maris otter some oats and biscuit malt.
Should be a decent beverage...
 :cheers:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on December 01, 2020, 08:33:29 AM
You'd think with the pandemic we would all be brewing our brains out. I just got lazy and was getting kegs from Grimross.  :drink:
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: mikegraham on December 08, 2020, 05:45:37 PM
Finally time to get the dark ales going. Probably going to get a oatmeal stout on tomorrow.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on July 16, 2021, 12:22:33 PM
Brewed up a black IPA on the weekend. I'm tired of waiting for Grimross to bring theirs back!
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: DanJ on July 24, 2021, 01:51:45 PM
Brewed up a black IPA on the weekend. I'm tired of waiting for Grimross to bring theirs back!

What's with the resurgence of the Black IPA lately?  Notice it on the cover of Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine this morning and I seem to be seeing it everywhere again.  I remember Trailway putting out Black Ops a few years ago, but haven't seen any others in NB or NS in a while.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: shazapple on July 26, 2021, 11:21:00 AM
Probably cause they are delicious  :drink:

I would guess people are getting tired of the current 'phase' (sours) and black IPA is different enough.
Title: Re: What's Brewing?
Post by: Kyle on July 26, 2021, 09:59:02 PM
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale - there was a considerable disagreement at one time in brewing circles as to which of these was the "correct" term, and if they meant the same thing. Moving on... this Black IPA in the club archive is an amazing example: http://nbcba.org/forum/tried-and-true/black-black-like-your-heart-ipa-v2/ (http://nbcba.org/forum/tried-and-true/black-black-like-your-heart-ipa-v2/) It was originally developed by
(EDIT: OOPS, FIXED.) Richard. It's been brewed many, many times over the years.