Brew Day 7.9.12 Janet’s Brown Clone Hoppy Amber

July 9, 2012 Leave a comment

first brew in months

Going for a hoppy but balanced brown ale. Came across the Janet’ Brown recipe that seemed about what I was thinking. Inspired by Lagunita’s WTF.

Getting started at 4:30. I’m going to drain in a cooler. I just can’t be bothered. I’ll run a little secondary batch sparge, put @ 1.5 additional gallons through the cooler.

4:50 – start filtering water into bucket

strike 170 f water, 7 gallons to 158 f 14.5 lbs of grain on a hot day

mash between 158 and 150 for 1 hour

mash out 5 min at 170 f

added 2 oz northern brewers hops 15 minutes prior to pulling the bag, same time as adding flame to get to mash out temp. It took @ 10 min to get to 170 f, so let that sit for 15 to get a 15 minute first wort mash, then pulled bag and added flame to get to boil.

start boil @ 7 pm

boiled over bad, lost maybe .5 to .8 gallons, around 10% of wort

boiled 55 minutes

cut flame and let sit for 5 minutes.

started cool down 60 minutes, 8 pm,

cool to touch at 8:30

yielded 5.5 gallons at 1.052

Just realized I forgot to get Chocolate Malt. No where near dark or roasty.

Let’s call it a Hoppy American Amber.


DIY Cooler Mash Tun

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

I bought a 48 quart cooler for 10 dollars to make a mash tun. I want to do a modified brew in a bag followed by a batch sparge in the cooler to milk a bit more sugar out. I have been getting efficiency in the low 60s and below. It seems wasteful, and I don’t like the spinning and squeezing. I just want drop the hot bag o grains in the cooler and drain off more sweet wort, maybe pour a gallon or 2 hot water in the cooler or maybe not, either way, I think I’ll be more satisfied with less fuss and mess. It’ll just take a bit of set up. Yes, this marks my decline into gear…

A few links:

how to put the valve and spout on


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Hops Update spring 2012

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Spring came early this year. Goldings, Perle and Wilamette have several vigorous sprouts by the end of March.

The straw mulch got infested with grass and weeds. I pulled the mulch off and dug out quite a bit of grassroots, etc and then covered with newspaper and straw. It got cold, freeze, while the mounds were exposed. It appears there was no damage.

I put Cascade and Centennial in from Hopsdirect. They ship 2 rhyzomes per order. The Cascade have quite a bit of sprout already, Centennial had buds. I planted them vertically in big holes with Natures Helper and a manure + compost mix. I think they will do well.

The order now goes thus, moving away from the house:


Categories: growing hops

Brew Day 12.27.2011 Perle Crop

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

brewing with my crop of homegrown hops. mostly perle with a little willamette. Maybe 2 or 3 ounces total. going for a light american ale with flora, herbal hops.

92% 12 0 American Two-row Pale 37 2
4% 0 8 Crystal 45 34 45
4% 0 8 Victory Malt 34 25
13 0
Time Oz Type form aa
 60 mins 1 Perle pellet 6.5
 10 mins 1 Perle leaf 5 wild guess AA, but know these were harvested late and not dryed or stored with care…
 5 mins 1 Perle leaf 5
started boil, just over 7 gallons @1:15
Added grains @ 157
Mash @ 150 for  40 minutes
Flame out t0 170
I don’t know what happened but i got very low efficiency, 55%,
with 5.7  Gal of OG 1.045
FG 1.012 a week later.

when to harvest hops

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

They should be a yellowish green to light green and should feel light and dry, if they are ready to be picked. You can also compress some of the hop cones in your hands. If they stay compressed, they are still not ready. The lupulin, which is the yellow powder in the center of the cone, should make your hands feel sticky, and if your hops are ready, your hands will take up the aroma from the lupulin. If the hops are not yet ready to be harvested, the cones will appear too green and will feel damp in your hand >>


the stem will crack and should not be flexable when ready



Categories: growing hops

hops year 2 growth and planthoppers

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

the perl is growing vigorously, williamette ok and goldings minimally – barely grew at all.

i think i have planthoppers Metcalfa pruinosa

Categories: growing hops

diy autosiphon

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment
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