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GRID Blonde 3V Conical V1_2

Trying to perfect my Blonde recipe. It is modeled after 805 from Firestone Walker but only loosely. I’ve been on a few work trips to Vegas and they have 805 all over the place there at and it is a really really great blonde ale. Perfect for hot weather but really just great anytime. I wanted to try Great Western’s 2-row and so far it has been awesome. I really did not like their High Color malt but their Premium 2-row is fantastic. I’m trying 5-7% chit malt for my beers to promote head and retention which I got from Scott Janish’s IPA book. 805 uses Gambrinus Honey Malt which I have like when I used it in the past. it’s not so much a sweet honey flavor as a deep rich honey flavor and some other munich-esque flavors but pretty restrained. The hops also came from Scott Janish’s book. I’ve been using CTZ for my 60 minute addition. It does seem to give a spicy note to the beer which I really like. I wanted a blend of earthy/dank and citrus for this beer. Very much on the low end but noticeable. Janish found Nugget and Cascade do very well in the whirlpool so I figured I’d give those a go. And for the yeast, I’m trying Imperial’s Flagship which is the Chico strain. I have been super impressed with Imperial’s yeast but wanted to try a different strain for this run of beers.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid blonde v1_2
Style: Blonde Ale 18A BJCP 2015
Date: 09-20-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0491.0381.054
FG1.0111.0081.013
Color5.53.06.0
ABV5.03.85.5
IBU24.015.028.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 17.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.47 G
Volume: 8.87 G
Temp: 32.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.042
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.9 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
15.000 Lb86.0 %Brewer’s Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Western)80.02.0
1.250 Lb7.0 %chit malt (BestMälz)78.31.5
1.250 Lb7.0 %Honey Malt (Gambrinus)83.025.0

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.35 OzColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)15.560 minsBoil12.0
1.0 OzNugget13.020 minsAroma8.0
1.0 OzCascade6.220 minsAroma4.0

Yeast

AmountName
1.000 unitFlagship Imperial A07

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.46

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash62321986330
Sparge62321986330
Final9853315510047
Target7500000


Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 28.391 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g
Lactic Acid: 4.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 7.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g

Notes

Ferment 68f for 2 weeks

Regular 3 Vessel Brewday. No issues.
For whirlpool I killed the boil and i already had cooling setup in place. I cooled to 205F, put in hops and whirlpooled for 20 mins before cooling. It fell to 179F by the end of the 20 mins.
I pitched most of the 400mL of yeast I collected from the APA
The wort tasted great. seemed a bit bitter maybe?
11/1/19 pitched @ 2pm
@8pm steady bubbling
11/2/19 @8am strong steady bubbling
11/3/19 ditto
11/4/19 ~8 sec
11/5/19 ~30 sec
11/15/19 cold crashed to 35F
11/18/19 harvested yeast -> filled up most of a quart mason jar
FG 1.014
tastes really good. nice subtle hop flavor. malt profile is really nice

12/18/19 Tasting notes compared to a Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale (BJCP reference Blonde Ale)

Aroma- Mine: sweet. low bready. low citrus/grapefruit, low earthy, no off aromas
Kona:low generic sweet, med-low citrus, no off aromas

Mine has a noticeably strong malt aroma, especially the bready notes. kona has a much stronger hop aroma but to me it is too much for a blonde ale.

Appearance – Mine: deep gold. nice 1/2″ head. excellent retention. crystal clear.
Kona: straw to pale gold. excellent head and retention.

Kona is noticeably lighter in color

Flavor: Mine: Low honey sweet, low toasty, low bready, low citrus, stonefruit (apricot) and earthy.
Kona: sadly showing a bit of age and oxidation. low clean sweet generic malt, med-low citrus/orange, grapefruit

Kona has zero malt flavor and much higher hop flavor. similar levels of bitterness

Mouthfeel – Mine:medium body, no astringency, lingering low breadiness and earthy notes
Kona: similar but lingering citrus

Overall: kona seems out of style. the hop flavor and aroma are more pale ale or even ipa although the bitterness is good. i like my beer but i need to tune down the honeymalt – maybe in half? to bring down the higher than i want for this style bready and rich honey notes as well as bring the color down from a deep gold to a light gold to straw color.

Grid APA 3V v1_0

Focused on brewing light colored part of my dream brewery which I’m currently calling Grid. In my mind it is broken out into light and dark colored along with malty,hoppy and intensely hoppy beers for each. This is the first of a run of three different light colored beers. I would normally start with the Blonde then American Pale Ale and then IPA repitching along the way but I was missing one of the grains for the Blonde so I’m starting with the APA.

I love Sierra Nevada Pale Ale so my goal is something along those lines but with a different hop profile. I’ve recently read Scott Janish’s “The New IPA” and using some of his ideas to see how they play out. One of those is using Chit Malt rather than Carapils for excellent head and retention. The other is targeting specific hops for whirlpool vs dry hop. I love classic citrus hops but I also like a bit more dank and stone fruit then you find in SN Pale Ale but his research shows that Cascade does better in whirlpool and Centennial does better as a dry hop but Simcoe does well in both.

The beer turned out OK but definitely not what I want. The things that worked well:

  • I really like Great Westerns 2 row. Great flavor and works great in the brewery (mills well, mashes in well, no dough balls, great conversion)
  • Chit malt seems to work really well. After the beer got to full carb and about a week on draft the head and retention is fantastic. I would say it could be the dry hopping but the Blonde has really good head and retention as well with no dry hopping. Not quite the thick belgian lacing of the APA but really good.

What didn’t work well

  • I don’t like the Crystal 40. Too much sweet caramel. I like a bit more of the dark caramel notes but not raisiny. I think I’m going to go with a mid-English crystal for the next go round. Likely Simpsons Medium since I love it so!
  • This beer and the IPA at the end both had serious hop creep and this APA had not crazy but noticeable and not at all desirable diacetyl. The Scott Janish book has a whole section on hop creep but I can’t say I agree with his logic or approach. His recommendation is to dry hop at a lower temp (58-60F) since this will keep the enzyme on the hops in check. The problem with that approach is if you dry hop after terminal than the yeast are already tired and by dropping the temp you are slowing them down even more so any AAL that is generated will be slower to convert to diacetyl and the yeast will be too tired to clean it up. So, for my next round I’m going to try doing 10% of the dry hopping day 1 or 2 to get the hop enzymes in the mix early. They will be done converting whatever long chain to short chain by the end of fermentation so by the time I dry hop there will be no more hop creep fermentation (hopefully). I also plan on doing half the dry hop at 80-90% to terminal and then the other half at terminal (3-4 days after first dry hop if terminal has been reached) and then letting those sit for 4 days. then doing diacetyl test and once that is negative cold crashing.

Recipe Info
Recipe: apa grid v1_0
Style: American Pale Ale 18B BJCP 2015
Date: 09-20-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0581.0451.060
FG1.0131.0101.015
Color6.45.010.0
ABV6.04.56.2
IBU55.030.050.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 21.0 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 8.56 G
Volume: 10.24 G
Temp: 32.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.050
Predicted Mash Run-off: 6.68 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
19.000 Lb90.0 %Brewer’s Malt, 2-Row, Premium (Great Western)80.02.0
1.000 Lb5.0 %Crystal 40, 2-Row, (Great Western)70.040.0
1.000 Lb5.0 %chit malt (BestMälz)78.31.4

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
1.0 OzColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)15.560 minsBoil31.0
2.0 OzCascade6.220 minsAroma7.0
2.0 OzSimcoe14.120 minsAroma17.0
2.0 OzCentennial10.06.0 daysDry Hop0.0
2.0 OzSimcoe14.16.0 daysDry Hop0.0

Yeast

AmountName
0.200 LFlagship Imperial A07

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.49

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash55321905930
Sparge703211086930
Final9853315510047
Target7500000


Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 32.176 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 8.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g
Lactic Acid: 4.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 4.0 g

Notes

Ferment two weeks at 68f
Two dry hops 3 days each

normal 3 vessel concical brewday. only off part was imperial yeast pitch wasn’t great. i didn’t shake it enough which left a lot of yeast in the pouch so pitch was small. also, elsinore software on my hosehead died so I had to rebuild it from scratch so i just went ahead and installed craftbeerpi 3.0 which installed easily and works great. no going back to elsinore.

10-14-19 @ 5pm pitched 1 imperial yeast flagship A07
10-15-19 @ 8:30 am slow steady bubbling
@5pm strong bubbling
10-16-19 strong steady bubbling. bumped from 67F to 68F
10-17-19 slow steady bubbling (my guess is day three is 90% to terminal so when first dry hop should go in)
10-18-19 ~12 sec
10-19-19 “
10-20-19 ~31 sec
10-21-19 ~39 sec
10-27-19 FG 1.014
nice beer. no diacetyl. really nice hop character. dropped to 50F
10-31-19 harvested a really nice pitch of yeast. much better than the whitbread strain. almost 700mL of slurry. accidentily did the whole dry hop at once. will blow back in suspension day 2 and cold crash day 4 so its not too grassy.
11-2-19 10 psi blast on bottom of cone to get hops back in suspension
11-5-19 cold crashed
11-8-19 dropped cone
11-9-19 racked to keg. 30psi force carb. FG 1.014. nice beer.

tasting notes 12-4-19 – on draft almost a month

first couple of weeks there was some hop astringency but that is now gone

aroma – malty sweet w/ toffee candy notes. orange, grapefruit, peach and a hint of guava. clean except for a low level of butter / diacetyl

appearance – deep gold. too light in color. would like it more copper colored. nice 1/2″ head w/ really super lacing and retention
maybe caramel 60 or something else. victory or british med crystal?

flavor – malty sweet, sweet caramel notes
citrus, grapefruit, lime, orange, a little bit of earthy dankness which i like
low grade butter / diacetyl. maybe dry hop earlier so hop creep finish out earlier while yeast is healthier. maybe don’t drop yeast?

mouthfeel – dry. a slight hint of chalkiness on the teeth but that is a good quality. solid carb. maybe 2.6. 14 psi @ 38F on kegerator. slightly astringent. body is good.

overall impression – a good beer but diacetyl is a major problem and distracting. a bit astringent and malt profile needs work.

Grid IPA 3V Conical v1_1

Same beer as the last one (Grid IPA 3V Conical v1_0) but instead of Vic Secret this one was Galaxy and I moved to 2/3 CC and 1/3 Gypsum. Not a bad beer but the High Color malt really is not great.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid ipa v1_0
Style: American IPA 21A BJCP 2015
Date: 07-06-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0671.0561.070
FG1.0131.0081.014
Color6.06.014.0
ABV7.05.57.5
IBU64.040.070.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 80 %

Mash Info
Weight: 25.0 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 9.81 G
Volume: 11.81 G
Temp: 149.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.058
Predicted Mash Run-off: 7.57 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.5 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 10.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
25.000 Lb100.0 %Pale Ale Malt, high color (Great Western)80.03.0

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
1.0 OzSimcoe12.460 minsBoil22.0
4.0 OzGalaxy19.620 minsAroma42.0
6.0 OzGalaxy19.64.0 daysDry Hop0.0

Yeast

AmountName
0.200 LHouse Imperial A01

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.42

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash923213022730
Sparge963213023830
Final1204273829638
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 27.444 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.250 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 3 g
CC: 6g
Lactic Acid: 6.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 5.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 5.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 3.0 g
CC 6g

Notes

Ferment at 68f for 2 weeks

Brewing Notes:

cut cooling on whirlpool @ 205F and it dropped down to about 195F and to 180 by end of 20 min whirlpool
only cooled to 66F and then cooled in conical before pitching
normal 3V brewday. adjusted salts according to new IP book so 2:1 CC:Gypsum. moved to CTZ for bittering at ~20IBUs

wort tastes great. hops smell amazing. 2019 crop and very fresh from yakima valley hops.

9/9/19 pitched @2:15pm. 63F up to 67F
9/10/10 steady bubbling 67F up to 68F
9/12/19 strong steady bubbling
9/13/19 slow steady
9/14/19 no bubbling
9/23/19 took sample 1.024. high – probably due to a lot of repitching of this yeast. did a burst of CO2 in cone at 10psi and raised to 69F
9/25/19 dropped to 60F
9/26/19 dropped cone
dry hopped 4 oz of galaxy
9/27/19 10psi co2 in bottom of cone to get hops back in suspension
9/28/19 dropped cone
added rest of galaxy dry hop
9/29/10 blasted 10psi of CO2 in bottom of cone
9/20/19 dropped to 35F for cold crash and dropped cone

Grid IPA 3V Conical v1_0

Another dream brewery run, this time using Imperial A01 again but using Great Western High Color Pale Ale Malt. It has a description similar to a Maris Otter. TL;DR it was kind of like MO but the flavor profile was not great and I won’t be using it again. A01 OK but not great. The ester profile is not what I want. Vic Secret is a promising hop but not good along. Needs some dank and citrus to go along with it.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid ipa v1_0
Style: American IPA 21A BJCP 2015
Date: 07-06-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0671.0561.070
FG1.0131.0081.014
Color6.06.014.0
ABV7.05.57.5
IBU64.040.070.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 80 %

Mash Info
Weight: 25.0 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 9.81 G
Volume: 11.81 G
Temp: 149.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.058
Predicted Mash Run-off: 7.57 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.5 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 10.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
25.000 Lb100.0 %Pale Ale Malt, high color (Great Western)80.03.0

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
1.0 OzSimcoe12.460 minsBoil22.0
4.0 OzVic Secret19.620 minsAroma42.0
6.0 OzVic Secret19.64.0 daysDry Hop0.0

Yeast

AmountName
0.200 LHouse Imperial A01

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.42

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash923213022730
Sparge963213023830
Final1204273829638
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 27.444 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.250 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 10.0 g
Lactic Acid: 6.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 5.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 5.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 8.0 g

Notes

Ferment at 68f for 2 weeks

8/22/19 normal 3V brewday. pitched 150mL of very compact yeast @ 67F
8/23/19 no bubbling. up to 68F
8/24/19 @8am slow steady bubbling. maybe a bigger pitch needed
8/25/19 strong bubbling
8/26/19 starting to slow but still strong bubbling
8/27/19 slow steady
8/28/19 ~3 sec
8/29/19 ~7 sec
8/30/19 ~12 sec
8/31/19 ~14 sec
9/1/19 ~18 sec
9/2/19 ~ 25 sec
9/4/19 no bubbling
9/8/19 dry hop #1 4oz
9/11/19 pulled sample
FG 1.022 which is high
tastes good
dry hop #2 2 oz
dropped cone before
9/14/19 cold crash
9/18/19 dropped cone and cleared racking arm

Grid Blonde 3V Conical v1_0

We all dream of opening a brewery. For fun, I’m making a run of brews that I would want as a part of my line-up. I want to experiment across the various ingredients especially different base malts, house yeasts and hop blends. For this run I’m using Imperial House A01 and the last of my left over NHC run ingredients.

Recipe Info
Recipe: grid blonde v1_0
Style: Blonde Ale 18A BJCP 2015
Author: Dennis Pike
Date: 07-06-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0471.0381.054
FG1.0101.0081.013
Color3.93.06.0
ABV4.83.85.5
IBU25.015.028.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 16.55 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.17 G
Volume: 8.5 G
Temp: 149.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.040
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.68 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
13.000 Lb79.0 %Pilsner (Weyermann)80.01.8
2.750 Lb17.0 %Wheat (DURST MALZ)84.03.6
0.800 Lb5.0 %Munich I (Weyermann)82.27.1

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.3 OzSimcoe14.160 minsBoil9.0
2.0 OzSimcoe14.115 minsAroma15.0

Yeast

AmountName
0.100 LHouse Imperial A01

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.40

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash753213018730
Sparge743213018530
Final1004284024940
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 27.444 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.250 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 8.0 g
Lactic Acid: 6.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 5.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 5.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 6.0 g

Notes

Ferment at 68f for 2 weeks

Brewday notes:

Normal 3V Conical brewday

Pitched 150mL of thick slurry from last beer. fingers crossed.

7-19-19 @8am slow bubbling ~8 sec
@5pm rippin’
7-20-19 strong steady bubbling
7-21-19 slow steady
7/22/19 ~ 7 sec
7/23/19 ~15 sec
7/24/19 no bubbling
8/2/19 pulled yeast for next beer and took sample
FG 1.010
tastes good. clean. a bit mirky. cold crash for 48 hours
8/4/18 racked to keg

HOPPY GOLDEN 3V CONICAL v1

Well, what is one to do with a whole metric crap ton of left over ingredients after a 7 beer NHC run? A total hodge podge high alcohol boozer of a hot mess of course!!!!!! I cleared out the grain bins and the freezer of all hops and what came out was drinkable! That said, don’t make this beer 🙂

Recipe Info
Recipe: hoppy golden v1
Style: American IPA 21A BJCP 2015
Date: 06-08-2019

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0751.0561.070
FG1.0161.0081.014
Color5.96.014.0
ABV7.65.57.5
IBU59.040.070.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 26.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 10.28 G
Volume: 12.4 G
Temp: 152.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.065
Predicted Mash Run-off: 7.9 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 11.0 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.5 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
8.500 Lb32.0 %Pilsen (Dingemans)81.01.6
6.500 Lb25.0 %Vienna Malt (Weyermann)79.03.4
6.000 Lb23.0 %2-row Pale Malt (Briess)80.53.0
5.500 Lb21.0 %Maris Otter (Crisp)82.03.0

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
1.0 OzNorthern Brewer (DE)9.460 minsBoil17.0
1.0 OzCentennial10.030 minsBoil14.0
1.0 OzCascade6.230 minsBoil8.0
2.0 OzCentennial10.010 minsBoil13.0
2.0 OzCascade6.210 minsBoil8.0
2.5 OzCentennial10.04.0 daysDry Hop0.0
2.5 OzCascade6.24.0 daysDry Hop0.0

Yeast

AmountName
1.000 unitHouse Imperial A01

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
0.500 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)15 minsBoil
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.46

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash663213016430
Sparge743213018530
Final1155355128951
Target750002000

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 39.747 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 10.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 10.0 g
Lactic Acid: 7.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 5.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 5.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 6.0 g

Notes

Ferment 2 weeks at 68f

7/1/19 made 1L starter w 2B cell pitch of imperial yeast A01 house
7/3/19 normal 3V + conical brewday. no issues.
pitched a decanted starter @ 1:30pm
@10pm steady slow bubbling
7/4/19 rippin’. bumped up to 68F
7/5/19 still rippin’
7/6/19 slow steady bubbling
7/7/19 no bubbling
7/9/19 ~4 sec
7/10/19 ~6 sec
7/11/19 ~8 sec
7/12/19 no bubbling
7/17/19 took sample before pulling yeast
FG – 1.012 !!! wow, ~8% ABV
definitely noting booze but not hot. nice esters
from yeast and nice bitterness & hop flavor
collected ~500mL of yeast
added 5oz of dry hops
7/21/19 cold crashed to 35F under CO2
7/27/19 dropped cone twice & racking arm cleared
finally pretty clear. racked to keg.
a little under 5 gallons so maybe 0.5 gallon more for dry hop beers
7/31/19 on draft

HEFEWEIZEN 3V 3_5

This beer won 2nd at NHC finals last year and took 1st in the first round this year as well as other years so I don’t feel any need to change up the recipe. It really is a stellar Hefe. Sadly it didn’t place in finals this year but the beer was excellent and scored well. That is just the nature of NHC finals. Its you and 35 other really, really good beers so you need a bit of luck which sadly I didn’t have this year.

Recipe Info
Recipe: hefeweizen 3v 3
Style: Weissbier 10A BJCP 2015
Date: 11-09-2017

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0501.0441.052
FG1.0111.0101.014
Color3.42.06.0
ABV5.14.35.6
IBU13.08.015.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 14.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 6.53 G
Volume: 7.69 G
Temp: 112.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.039
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.23 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 10.25 G
Boil Duration: 90 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 8.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
8.750 Lb60.0 %Wheat (DURST MALZ)84.01.8
5.750 Lb40.0 %Pilsner (DURST MALZ)81.51.8

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.9 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh2.590 minsBoil6.0
1.0 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh2.560 minsBoil7.0

Yeast

AmountName
1.000 unitHefeweizen Ale White Labs WLP300

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
0.500 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.63

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash733211482430
Sparge793211572430
Final1195332383847
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 6.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Calcium Chloride: 6.0 g
Lactic Acid: 5.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.000 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.000 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Calcium Chloride: 6.0 g

Notes

Single decoction 
Mash in at 105f raise to 112f immediately and hold for 10 mins 
2f a min up to 126f for 10 Mins 
Raise to 149f and hold for 5 mins then pull 1/3rd as thick decoction and leave main mash at 149f while handling decoction
Slowly raise decoction to 158f and hold for 20 mins and then boil for 10 mins
Reincorporate decoction into main mash slowly and stabilize at 158f for 10 Mins and make sure it passes iodine test else hold till done converting
Raise to 169f and hold 10 mins

Chill to 58f
Pull 4 gallons to fermenter and then pull 2 quarts in mason jars for speisse at bottling
Oxygenate for 60 secs with 0.5 micron stone and o2. Raise to 63f over 24 hours. Hold for 1 week. Raise to 68f over 24 hours and hold through two weeks.

speise -> 3gallons @ 3.25 volumes = 1.6 qt of speise
i pull 2 x 0.8qt of speise and sterlize @ 15psi in pressure cooker for 15 mins

Brewday notes:

5/12/19 made a 0.3L starter with 30g of DME and one pouch of WLP300
5/14/19 made two minor errors but overall a normal 3V brewday
+forgot to add CC and lactic acid at mash but added it in a bit later
+timing was off on one of my mash steps
pitched @ 2pm EST
5/15/19 @9am kreusen has formed and slow steady bubbling
5/16/19 enormous 3″ kreusen and very strong bubbling
5/17/19 still big kreusen, slow steady bubbling
5/18/19 kreusen dropping, ~2 sec bubbling
5/20/19 ~5 sec bubbling
5/28/19 bottled with speise
FG 1.010
tastes young but no off flavor. solid ester, strong phenolics but good.

VIENNA 3V CONICAL 1_2

Of the 5 beers I submitted for NHC 2019 first round, two made it to the finals. Not too shabby. My goal has always been to get ANY beer to the finals cause, well, NHC first round is as competitive as any competition out there not to mention the finals. The Vienna finished 3rd out of 30+ entries and the score sheets were sadly the usual unhelpful very thin comments with no indication on how to make the beer better 🙁 Which is why I think I’ll be taking a break from competition next year. I have done really well in competitions including a first and a second in NHC finals so I don’t feel like I need any validation that I’m making good beer and the feedback i’m getting is not worth the effort. Or maybe I’m a bit burnt out and just need a break 🙂

Same recipe as last time but my weyerman order got a bit mixed up and I only got 1 lb of caraamber so i substitued caramunich I for the other 0.8 lb. Bummer.

Recipe Info
Recipe: vienna 3v conical 1
Style: Vienna Lager 7A BJCP 2015
Date: 01-03-2018

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0521.0481.055
FG1.0111.0101.014
Color14.59.015.0
ABV5.34.75.5
IBU34.018.030.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 17.78 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 7.56 G
Volume: 8.98 G
Temp: 150.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.044
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.96 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 10.5 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
7.200 Lb40.0 %Pilsner (Weyermann)80.01.8
6.750 Lb38.0 %Vienna Malt (Weyermann)79.03.4
1.800 Lb10.0 %Munich II (Weyermann)82.28.5
1.800 Lb10.0 %Caraamber/Biscuit (Weyermann)80.136.0
0.230 Lb1.0 %Midnight Wheat Malt0.0550.0

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.85 OzMagnum14.160 minsBoil27.0
1.5 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh4.215 minsBoil7.0

Yeast

AmountName
0.500 LGerman Lager White Labs WLP830

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.42

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash61321759330
Sparge59321896930
Final10153513513850
Target7500000

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 32.176 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 8.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 4.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 3.0 g
Lactic Acid: 2.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 2.0 g
Calcium Chloride: 3.0 g

Notes

150f 60 mins
168f 10 mins

2 weeks 50f
2 day raise to 60
Hold through 3 weeks
4 weeks lagering

Carb to 2.5 volumes

Brewday Notes:

3 vessel electric HERMS system and fermenting in 7G conical.

4/21/19 1L 100g DME starter + 4 pouches of WLP830
4/23/19 normal 3V brewday. no issues. #s all looked good. pitched 1L starter @ 1:30 pm EST. @ 48F. only concern is starter was dark brown which i have seen a couple times from white labs pitches. time to try a new yeast company, 2 of the 4 pouches were noticeably darker and the starter even after fermenting out was still very dark. starter smelled a hair boozy but maybe my imagination. only 3 months old which really is that bad from my HBS. fingers crossed
@10pm bumped to 49F
4/24/19 @ 8am up to 50F no bubbling
@noon no bubbling
@10pm slow steady bubbling -> longer lag time than normal
4/25-29/19 slow steady bubbling
4/30/19 bubble every ~5 sec
5/3/19 ~10sec
5/7/19 raised to 60F for Diacetyl Rest
5/14/19 lowered to 50 then 40F for cold crash
5/15/19 lowered to 35F for cold crash
5/20/19 racked to lagering keg
FG 1.014
nice malt character. hops seem about right. promising. no technical issues.
6/4/19 gelatined beer and put on 30psi overnight to force carb
6/5/19 moved to 14psi @ 38F for carb. of on calculator but seems to be about 2.5 volumes.

Hefeweizen 3V 3_3

Last beer of NHC 2019 run of beers. Not much to say. I have now brewed this same beer 3 times without changing the recipe or process. Last year it placed 2nd at NHC. This one I still ferment in a 6G carboy since I’m just bottle conditioning it with speise anyway.

Recipe Info
Recipe: hefeweizen 3v 3
Style: Weissbier 10A BJCP 2015
Date: 11-09-2017

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0501.0441.052
FG1.0111.0101.014
Color3.42.06.0
ABV5.14.35.6
IBU13.08.015.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 72 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 14.5 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 6.53 G
Volume: 7.69 G
Temp: 112.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.039
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.23 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 10.25 G
Boil Duration: 90 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 8.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
8.750 Lb60.0 %Wheat (DURST MALZ)84.01.8
5.750 Lb40.0 %Pilsner (DURST MALZ)81.51.8

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.9 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh2.590 minsBoil6.0
1.0 OzHallertau Mittelfrüh2.560 minsBoil7.0

Yeast

AmountName
1.000 unitHefeweizen Ale White Labs WLP300

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
0.500 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.63

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash733211482430
Sparge793211572430
Final1195332383847
Target7500000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: standard

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 6.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Calcium Chloride: 6.0 g
Lactic Acid: 5.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.000 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.000 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Calcium Chloride: 6.0 g

Notes

Single decoction 
Mash in at 105f raise to 112f immediately and hold for 10 mins 
2f a min up to 126f for 10 Mins 
Raise to 149f and hold for 5 mins then pull 1/3rd as thick decoction and leave main mash at 149f while handling decoction
Slowly raise decoction to 158f and hold for 20 mins and then boil for 10 mins
Reincorporate decoction into main mash slowly and stabilize at 158f for 10 Mins and make sure it passes iodine test else hold till done converting
Raise to 169f and hold 10 mins

Chill to 58f
Pull 4 gallons to fermenter and then pull 2 quarts in mason jars for speisse at bottling
Oxygenate for 60 secs with 0.5 micron stone and o2. Raise to 63f over 24 hours. Hold for 1 week. Raise to 68f over 24 hours and hold through two weeks.

speise -> 3gallons @ 3.25 volumes = 1.6 qt of speise
i pull 2 x 0.8qt of speise and sterlize @ 15psi in pressure cooker for 15 mins

2/5/19 0.3L 30g of DME starter of WLP300
2/7/19 good 3 vessel decoction brewday
followed notes from 2/12/18 brew notes without issue even though i forgot my new O2 setup no longer works so i jerry rigged an o2 setup.
pitched @ 3pm
2/8/19 8am no bubbling
@11am thin kreusen and slow bubbling
2/9/19 2″ kreusen and strong bubbling
2/10/19 1″ kreusen dropping and slow steady bubbling
2/12/19 kreusen dropping bubbling has stopped
2/14/19 no bubbling
2/21/19 bottled 3G + speise. 28 bottles. FG 1.010. tastes really good. a hair of skunk. We’ll see.

Best Bitter 3V Conical 1

Another NHC 2019 beer. See NHC details in my Schwarzbier discussion. I did change up this recipe a bit from last year. I went against my own advice and went to a blend of Whitbread Golding and East Kent Golding. Beer turned out well so we’ll see. I also adjusted for the larger volume of my conical.

Recipe Info
Recipe: best bitters 3v conical 1
Style: Best Bitter 11B BJCP 2015
Date: 02-05-2018

RecipeGuideline MinGuideline Max
OG1.0481.0401.048
FG1.0111.0081.012
Color7.58.016.0
ABV4.93.84.6
IBU46.025.040.0

Brewery Info
Efficiency: 73 %
Attenuation: 78 %

Mash Info
Weight: 15.775 Lbs
Thickness: 1.25 Qt per Lb
Deadspace: 2.0 G
Strikewater: 6.93 G
Volume: 8.19 G
Temp: 154.0 F

Boil Info
Kettle Gravity: 1.041
Predicted Mash Run-off: 5.51 G
Target Starting Boil Volume: 10.5 G
Boil Duration: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 1.5 G per Hour
Final Boil Volume: 9.0 G

Fermentables

Weight% by WeightNameYieldSRM
14.200 Lb90.0 %Maris Otter (Crisp)82.03.0
0.900 Lb6.0 %Crystal, Medium (Simpsons)76.055.0
0.675 Lb4.0 %Torrified Wheat79.01.7

Hops

WeightNameAAUTimeUseIBUs
0.75 OzChallenger7.660 minsBoil13.0
1.5 OzWGV7.615 minsBoil13.0
1.5 OzEast Kent Goldings (EKG)4.615 minsBoil8.0
1.5 OzWGV7.620 minsAroma8.0
1.5 OzEast Kent Goldings (EKG)4.620 minsAroma5.0

Yeast

AmountName
1.000 unitEnglish Ale White Labs WLP002

Misc

AmountNameTimeUse
1.000 tabletWhirlfloc Tablet15 minsBoil
1.000 tspYeast Nutrient (Wyeast)10 minsBoil

Water
Predicted Mash Ph: 5.49

CaMgNaClSoBicarbonate
Water7321302430
Mash733213018130
Sparge643213016030
Final1075334726747
Target750002000

Water Profile Name: carrboro
Target Profile Name: hoppy

Mash Water
Total Water Treated: 28.391 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 7.500 G

Mash Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 8.0 g
Lactic Acid: 2.0 ml @ 88.000 %

Sparge Water
Leftover Mash Water Used: Yes
Total Water Treated: 6.500 G
Percent RO / Distlled: 0 %
Water Used: 6.500 G

Sparge Water Adjustments
Gypsum: 6.0 g

Notes

Mash 154f 60 mins
168f 10 mins

Ferment 68f for 2 weeks

1/29/19 1L 100g DME starter with 1 pouch of WLP002
1/31/19 normal 3V brew day. pitched @ 1:30pm entire starter at 68F
2/1/19 strong bubbling
2/2/19 steady bubbling
2/3/19 slow steady bubbling
2/4/19 ~5 sec
2/9/19 forced diacetyl test. both seemed negative to me. shook up fermter to get yeast back in suspension just in case 🙂
2/13/19 cold crashed to 35F
2/14/19 dropped cone. aeration stone was slowly leaking so wanted to get beer out
2/15/19 racked to keg. FG 1.015
tasted good. maybe a hair too bitter?
2/23/19 gelatin added. 30 psi 24 hours then 11psi at 35F.