24 February, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

I have one empty corny keg left, so we may as well fill it and use them all. The second carboy of the Evil Twin was the best one to do, since the first half of the batch is gone. I kegged it up with 1.5 ounces of Centennial and 1.5 ounces of Cascade for the dry-hop. Gravity hadn’t dropped much, only down to 1.022 from 1.023 late last year. There is no space in either of the serving freezers to put it right now, but there should be an opening soon. I tapped the Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild clone on Friday night and it was quite good. Colour is perfect and there’s not too much roast or dark malt character, as I thought there might after including so much malt.

17 February, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

No brewing today, we got more snow (around a foot and a half of accumulation now). I racked the Dark Ruby clone off of the yeast and took over the primaries to John’s house so that he could use the yeast for a batch of Burning River Pale Ale. The Dark Ruby Mild fermented down to 1.021, so still pretty high. The mash temperature was higher than usual, so it resulted in a lower attenuation with more non-fermentables in the wort for body. I racked half of the batch to a corny for conditioning and the other half to a carboy for later use. I also cleaned a corny keg I haven’t used in a long time, since it’s the last one we have left that isn’t being used. I’ll probably keg the second half of the Evil Twin in it.

3 February, 2007

posted by benjy edwards

It was a bitterly cold day today, with a high temperature around 15F. The wind was quite strong too, so even inside the tarped gazebo and the HLT or boil kettle burner going, it was only reaching around 55 to 65 degrees. We brewed another clone of the Dark Ruby Mild from the Sarah Hughes brewery. Malts were Golden Promise, dark crystal, Special B, chocolate, roast barley, and half a pound of debittered black malt for extra colour. Hops were Fuggles and Goldings for bittering, only about 3o-35 IBU. Everything went well during the brew, probably because we didn’t even bother trying to pump the wort from the kettle through the counterflow chiller. Original gravity was 1.053, pitched onto the English ale yeast for the fifth use.

The Boathouse Bitter brewed last week was racked to a couple of corny kegs for conditioning, to be served via the handpump. We dry-hopped one with Cascade and the other with Ahtanum, so we’ll see if there’s a noticeable difference with the Ahtanum, which is supposed to be similar to Cascade, but which we’ve never used before. Gravity was good, 1.013 after seven days.