27 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

I racked three batches from secondary to keg, in light of the visit by our friends Brian and Kim from Portland, OR.  One carboy of the Lagunitas IPA clone was kegged and force-carbonated, the other was casked without primings.  Finally, a clone of BridgePort IPA that John brewed was kegged and force-carbonated.  All three of the kegs were dry-hopped with Cascade.  The current number of taps on service is SEVENTEEN, including one cider and the Belgian lambic.

26 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

Time to brew the second of two batches made for John’s 50th birthday party.  Since the first firking will be 8% ABV, today we made the Boathouse Bitter, with a target gravity of 1.050.  The grain bill is quite extensive, with aromatic, wheat, crystal, carapils, Munich, and biscuit in addition to Maris Otter.  Hops are First Gold and Kent Goldings, about 55 IBU.  Wort collection took longer than expected, 1.5 hours instead of the projected hour.  Running the the pump any faster caused the wort to pick up grain particles.  We racked the Ruination IPA into a firkin as well, leaving two weeks for conditioning.

20 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

After brewing ten gallons yesterday, racking another ten gallons, and kegging five gallons, today I kegged another five gallons, making 30 gallons of beer processed this weekend.  The North Coast Acme IPA clone was dry-hopped with an ounce and a half of Northern Brewer, with the final gravity of 1.022.  Flavour was fruity and sweetish.

19 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

We’re brewing the first of two batches for the upcoming 50th birthday bach for John Brush.  By request, it’s the Ruination IPA clone we made back in January 2005.  This time we cut back on the pale malt by half a pound, but with the hour-long wort collection, the gravity was up to 1.083.  Should be pretty powerful.  The hops were Magnum for bittering and Centennial for flavour and aroma.

We also racked the Lagunitas IPA clone from last week to secondary, gravities of 1.022 and 1.023, and kegged the Hen’s Tooth clone John brewed, dry-hopping it with Goldngs plugs and force-carbonating it.

12 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

The IPA of the week is a clone of Lagunitas IPA, out of California.  We took an hour to complete the sparge, just like last week, and the runoff was clear, with the exception of the first gallon or so, and then a brief period halfway through when  the wort had grain particles in it.  Stopping the runoff and starting it again very slowly seemed to cure it.  The efficiency was very high, although that was caused partly by a longer boil than usual which yielded only ten gallons of wort instead of the typical twelve.  Original gravity 1.067, hopped with Cluster, Willamette, and Cascade.

5 March 2005

posted by benjy edwards

Continuing our cloning of the hoppiest IPAs around, this time it was North Coast’s Acme IPA.  The recipe was straightforward, using just Willamette for bittering and flavour and Northern Brewer for aroma.  Our efficiency was over 85% again, so I believe it might be a permanent improvement based upon a better crush of the grain and/or higher mash temperatures.  We took much longer to collect the wort for this batch, one hour instead of the usual 20 to 30 minutes.  The runoff was markedly clearer, the real test is to see if the qualify of the beer is improved though, since we weren’t having any problems with clarity before.  Original gravity was 1.072, and the bitterness is calculated to be around 65 to 70 IBU.