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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.

% LB OZ MALT OR FERMENTABLE PPG °L
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.

Brew Log 6.20.10 – pipeline pale ale 3

June 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Brewing a double batch of apa using 13 pounds grains and adding 9 pounds of extra light DME at the end.

Started by preparing 6 gallons of top off water, filtered and boiled 8 gallons.

Recipe at http://hopville.com/recipe/262932/american-pale-ale-recipes/light-pale-3

10 lbs pale malt, maris otter
9 lbs extra light DME
1 lb victory
1 lb crystal 45
1 lb carapils

60 min 1 oz columbus

20 min 1 oz columbus
1 oz amarillo

10 min 2 oz amarillo
1 oz centenial

dry hop whole leaf 1 oz amarillo

half w/ wlp 001
half w/ safale 5

Mash in 8 gallons at 159, 13 pounds grains, ended with 152 mash strike

Down to 146 after 30 minutes

apply heat to 152, hold 30 minutes

mash out at 169, 10 min

drain, boil, hop

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ended up dropping boil when mixed in 9 lbs DME at 10 minutes left in boil, pulled some wort out (@ 2 gallons) and mixed and boiled. hops got an extra few minutes than planned, maybe 5 or so minutes

ended up with 13.5 gallons at 1.054 OG – this went into 2 primary buckets and a 1 gallon glass jug.

June 24 moved to secondary, Gravity at 1.012, ABV 5.5, AA 76.9

dry hopped with .5 oz amarillo in each carboy.

Ended up very happy with this one. Maybe a bit tangy, not sure if that is hops or grains but tastes like grains. Nice body and color, good head and lace.

Brew Log 5.23.10 Pale Ale 2

May 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Recipe at http://hopville.com/recipe/242078/american-pale-ale-recipes/pale-ale-2

13.5 lb 2 row pale
1 lb victory
1 lb crystal 20
12 oz munich

7.25 gallons strike, 162F water got to 148 – added heat to 153.

30 minutes

down to 148, added heat to 154

30 minutes later at 149

add heat to mash out 172

drain and add heat to boil,

After drain, suspended bag on grill in priming bucket, opened up the top, ran @ 1 gallon at 172 through. Collect @ 1 gallon at 1.032, added to kettle, topped up to 7.5 gallons to start boil.

1 oz Columbus 60 min
1 oz Columbus 1 min
1 oz Amarillo 1 min
1 oz Columbus -5 min
1 oz Amarillo -5 min

Collected 6.8  gallons

OG: 1.052

mash efficiency @ 60%

6.6.2010 – FG 1.0134; ABV 5.1; AA: 73.5

after several weeks in bottle I find this disappointing. I think the Munich was a mistake, the malt profile is too pronounced. The beer has too much yeast in it, i sucked too much yeast into bottle bucket on accident. The hop character is not ‘crisp’. It is not terrible or anything, just not what I had hoped for. The Pale Ale at https://brewlogblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/brew-log-5-14-10-american-pale-ale/ is better.

Brew Log 5.14.10 American Pale Ale

May 14, 2010 1 comment

14 LB Pale Malt
1 LB Victory
12 OZ Crystal 45

.5 oz Columbus @ 60 min
1 oz Columbus @ 15 mins
.5 oz Amarillo @ 15 min
.5 oz Columbus 1 min post
.5 oz Amarillo 1 min post

WLP 001 California Ale

target mash in with 8 gallons at 164, aiming for 153 mash

cut heat at 160, a couple minutes later it was 163, must be heat from thick steel bottom or something. There volume was a bit over 8 gallons due to thermal expansion.

mash 152 at 7:45, lost just a bit of liquor as overflow.

almost 16 pounds of grains in just over 8 gallons is too much for the pot.

at 8:30 temp down to 144, added heat, cut heat at 150 and climbed to 154 after cut.

8:45 heat on to mash out temp of 166, missed 168, stirring fast and long seems to reduce residual heat effect.

rest to 9:05

drain and boil, added 1 gallon at 168 as “dump sparge” dumped a gallon hot water slowly over and through bag and strainer, figured i need to add volume anyway, why not. bag was very heavy and drained slowly, need to find a way to set wet bag down and collect final drippings. I do think i got a bit more sugar from grain with dump sparge. the gravity of run off from bag of grains sitting in bucket was 1.030 in sloppy measure.

boil volume at start = 7.5

start boil 9:20

pitched to 6.5 gallons

71 degrees

OG 1.51  – – lower than expected, taste is quite bitter herbal flowery pineapple citrus

mash efficiency at 62%, lower than expected.

5.20 – gravity at 1.011 abv 5.2, aa 77%

5.23 moved to secondary, fg 1.010, abv 5.3, aa 80%

predicted 8 srm 17ebc, darker and redder than expected

6.6.2010 – I am very pleased with this brew; took some to Lois’s that was well received. This is maybe a good start for a amber, just needs a little more color and maybe touch or roastiness. Ended up a little sweet, more than expected. The hops give it good flavor but needs more aroma, and not really crisp, bright or pronounced aroma as desired for APA. Need to try dry hopping.