brew log blondy

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment


7 gallon mash in at 157, for 150 degree mash

4pm start mash @ 150.

4:20 flame on to 150

5:10 mash out at 169 for 10 min.

bottle bucket sparge for 5 or so min with 2.5 gallons water @155.

8 gallons to  boil at 5:45

Put 6.2 gallons in fermenter @ 1.062 — poor efficiency again.

ended a week later at 1.010


Categories: Brew Log, golden ale

Hops Trellis Up

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

May 30 got a simple hop trellis up. Vines are just above the level of the fence on 2.

Categories: growing hops

saison ideas

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment
Categories: recipes, saison

Boont Amber Clone

May 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Categories: American Red, clone, recipes

Growing Hops year 2

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

i banked the hops in a ton of raked leaves and hay. I did not uncover the root stump until early april, could have earlier.
The root stayed cool until I uncovered. Each had almost pushed fingers through, so i uncovered the sprouts. i think the drastic change burned ’em.

A week or so later all 3 had new sprouts.

Goldings is growing very slowly.

Pearle really shooting out lots of bushy growth. vigorous.

Willamette has 1 long arm and 2 or so other sprouts that have not yet jumped up.


Categories: growing hops

Wind Screen research

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

home brew talk has several wind screen ideas. hvac type tubular ducts, flashing riveted into a cylinder, “wash tub” with the bottom cut out, 2×4 and plywood 3 sided hinged screen, aluminum turkey roasting pan,

Categories: gear, wind screen

Brew Log – Hoptober Clone

April 25, 2011 2 comments

Aiming for a pretty simple light blonde with a big hop presence, sort of like Hoptober.

Recipe at

2:30 start
3:00 water on; 7 gallons at 80 degrees
3:50 mash in at 161, aiming for 152, came in high at 154, added cold water immediately to 151,
4:20 heat to 153
4:50 mash out heat to 175
5:05 pull bag, degrees, heat to boil.
5:30 Add Hops, start 45 minutes

1.050 100 first
1.030 93 batch runnings, 1 gallon
1.045 110 combined

ended with 5.5 gallons @ 1.060 – 67% efficiency in hopville calculator. Could have gotten a bit more wort from draining whole hops or by getting  more from bag squeeze or bag sparge.

very blond, delicious hop aroma, looks great!

pitched at 67 degrees

few days later at 1.014, a bit tangy spicy, not at all as bitter as expected.

Primary for  a week, secondary for a week with .5 Sterling and .5 Goldings
Nice, almost lemonade in bright citrus tang, yellow, not as much hop aroma as expected.

Very nice, light, drinkable, lemony citrus hops w out graoefruit.

Categories: Brew Log, clone, golden ale, hops