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Monday, March 30, 2009

Don't Cry for me, Argentina

I brewed a new batch tonight and I'm calling it "Don't Cry for me Argentina". Since I used Columbus, Amarillo, and Argentine Cascade, I thought "Conquistador" a more apt name but the macho IPA names are a bit cliche.

1 gallon batch
  • .25 lb Munich (steeped)
  • 1.5 lb light malt extract
  • .5 lb honey
  • .15 lb sugar
  • .25 oz Columbus (60 minutes)
  • .25 oz Columbus (30 minutes)
  • .25 oz Amarillo (30 minutes)
  • .25 oz Argentine Cascade (15 minutes)
  • .25 oz Argentine Cascade (flame out)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tales from Diwali

The process was OK but not perfect. Some things to note:

  1. I steeped in a different pot because the 1 gallon was not high enough in the 5 gallon pot. This required me to pour between them when adding extracts which potentially oxidized. Solution: steep with more liquid in the larger pot
  2. Did not prepare the yeast. Solution: Need to bring it out ahead of time.
  3. Did not account for evaporation. This beer is under 2 gallons. Solution: have boiled extra water cooled by the end so we can bring up to 2.5 gallons
  4. Leaking chiller. Solution: tilt outside; build my own; return the one from 5th season
  5. Dry extract made mess. Solution: pour dry into bowl first, then dump in
  6. Did not clear crap from wort before fermenting. Solution: clear crap from wort before fermenting, by slowly decanting, then rinsing the bowl

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hoppy Diwali IPA

I adapted this extract recipe from an interesting Hopslam clone. I changed it a good bit. I removed honey, scaled back the extracts slightly. I am using only two hops: Centennial (for bittering and flavor) and amarillo (for flavor and aroma).

2.5 gallon recipe

Steeping grains
  • 1/4 lb. honey malt
  • 1/4 lb. munich malt
  • 1/8 lb. crystal 10L
  • 1/8 lb. crystal 40L
  • 4.0 lbs dry amber malt extract
  • 60 minutes: 2/3 oz Centennial
  • 30 minutes: 2/3 oz Centennial, 1/2 oz Amarillo
  • 15 minutes: 2/3 oz Centennial, 1/2 oz Amarillo
  • Flameout: 1/2 oz Amarillo
Dry hop at 7 days with 1/2 oz Amarillo

Beertools says this will be have an OG of 1.074 and 123 IBUs. A hop blast for sure.