30 July 2005

posted by benjy edwards

One of the favourites around here is the clone of Alpha King, and since the last batch is almost gone, time to make more.  OG was 1.064, with Magnum and Columbus for bittering and Cascade for aroma.  Fermentation began almost immediately, less than 30 minutes’ lag time.  Blowoff tubes were needed, since the higher gravity gave the yeast more sugars to ferment.  We might put this one in the firkin, that would be really nice, although pretty strong for a session
ale.  The Boathouse Bitter was vented and tapped today, and by this evening was gone.

Five gallons of John’s Triple B IPA was kegged, along with the second half of the Two Hearted Ale clone.  Both were dry-hopped with Cascade, in hop bags, since the Sure Screens are all being used in other kegs.

23 July 2005

posted by benjy edwards

Brewed another batch of the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone, as half of it will come in handy for another party where we’re supplying the beer.  The other half will do well on service in the taproom.  Gravity was as desired, 1.053.  The Boathouse Bitter from last week was casked into a firkin, with 3.5 ounces of Kent Goldings for dry hop.  In a week it’ll be all gone.  Finally, half of the Two Hearted clone was kegged and force-carbonated.

16 July 2005

posted by benjy edwards

I’ve been talked into providing a firkin of beer for a wedding reception, so today we brewed another batch of the Boathouse Bitter.  Gravity was right on, at 1.050, and around 50 IBU.  We skipped the hopback today, as we’re not sure if the wort is hot enough after the immersion chill to still extract the hop oils before it goes to the second chill in the counterflow.  This beer will go into the firkin in a week, be tapped a week after that, and it should be gone shortly thereafter.

The Two Hearted was racked to the secondary, both yeasts reaching 1.018 after one week.  I agitated the primary fermenters a couple of times a day for the second, third, and fourth days of fermentation, to see if mixing the yeast back into the work might help increase the attenuation.  I believe it did help, as we’d been getting gravities in the low 1.020’s in the prior batches.  We also kegged half of the Anchor Liberty today.

9 July 2005

posted by benjy edwards

The taplist is showing a shortage of hoppy pale ales, so today a clone of Two Hearted Ale was made.  It’s an all-Centennial brew, so we used up the remainder of the Centennial in stock.  The ground water has heated up, so we’re using a two-stage chilling process, first the immersion chiller to take the wort from boiling down to between 150 and 120, then then the counterflow chiller to cool down to pitching temperature.  It works well, adding about 15 minutes to the chill, but avoiding the need for a pre=chill with ice.

Five gallons of the Devastation IPA was kegged and force-carbonated.  The Anchor Liberty clone was racked to secondary.

2 July 2005

posted by benjy edwards

The variety of force-carbonated ales has dwindled appreciably, so we brewed a batch of the Liberty Ale, a clone from Anchor Brewing.  Gravity was right on, at 1.061.  Hops are a combination of Northern Brewer and Cascade.  I tried doubling the amount of gypsum added to the brewing liquor, in an attempt to approximate Burton water more closely.  Calculating mineral additions is always somewhat of a guessing game, so time will tell if the amount was right.

The second half of the Jeffrey Hudson Bitter clone was casked today, with a couple of ounces of First Gold as the dry hop.  The Devastation IPA was racked to secondaries, gravities in the low 20’s after starting at 1.072.  A week or two to condition should dry them out a bit.  The firkin of Harvey’s porter clone was tapped, with a huge amount of condition.  Almost 3 gallons was collected in order to vent it adequately.  It did have two weeks to build pressure in the cask, and the racking gravities of 1.018 and 1.016 were probably 3 or 4 points above terminal.