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Apres Ski

300 Suns is a new local brewery in my area and they are hosting homebrew competitions throughout the year.  The winner of each competition gets their beer brewed on their commercial system and served in the brewery tasting room.  The current competition theme is winter, and I had been struggling to figure out what I wanted to brew.  That is until the other day when I was thinking about my college drinking days.  My favorite beer to drink during the long Bozeman Montana winters was a strong scotch ale from Kettlehouse Brewing Co. called Cold Smoke.  The brewery graciously shared the commercial recipe with a homebrewer who posted it  here.  I plugged that recipe into BeerSmith and this is the recipe I brewed up.

Expected Specs
Volume: 5 gal
OG: 1.066
FG: 1.019
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 13
SRM: 20.5
Boil Time: 120 min

Grain Bill
11.67 lbs American 2-row
5.1 oz Crystal 120
3.2 oz Black Malt
1.4 oz Roasted Barley

.2 oz German Magnum @110 min
.28 oz East Kent Goldings @ Flameout

3.4 oz Dark Brown Sugar added in boil @ 30 min
.5 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min

WLP 028 Edinburgh Ale

Tap Water-Longmont, CO

Single Infusion @ 155 for 1 hour


9/14/2014 Brewed by myself

Collected as much wort as my brewpot could handle, 7+ gallons, so I could boil for 2 hours and end up with 5 gallons or so.  This, combined with some brewday drinking, caused a nice little boilover.  I topped up again with cold water from the hose, a little more than a gallon I think, and continued with the boil.

Due to the topping up with hose water my OG before heading to the fermenter was 1.052.  14 points lower than what I was shooting for.  Oh well, it should still taste good.

I chilled down to 64 F and pitched the 3L yeast starter I had made three days prior.  I set the chest freezer to 66 F to let the fermentation free rise and get started.

9/15/2014 I checked the fermenter before heading to work this morning and it was already bubbling way very strongly 10 hours after pitching.

9/16/2014 I checked on the fermenter this morning and found this mess.IMG_0452
The yeast was a bit more vigorous than anticipated and blew the airlock.  I refilled the airlock with star san and hoped for the best.

9/29/2014  I bottled today.  The final gravity ended up being about 1.006, for a final alcohol content of 6% ABV.  It tasted good coming out of the fermentor.  Hopefully it carbonates in time for the 300 Suns collabeeration competition.


Session IPA 1

I have been buying way too much session IPA this summer and decided to brew one for myself. This is a light beer, in alcohol and body, but with a huge hop character from the insane amount of hops used to hopburst in the final 10 minutes of the boil.  Here is the recipe I used, originally found at craftedpours.com, Stone Go To IPA Clone.

Expected Specs
Volume: 5 Gal
OG: 1.049
FG: 1.012
IBU: 106.6
SRM: 4.4
ABV: 4.9%
Boil Time: 60 min

Grain Bill
9 lbs Pale 2-Row
6.0 oz Crystal 15
2.0 oz Flaked Wheat

0.5 oz Magnum (14.0% AA) @ First Wort Hopped
1.0 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA) @ 10 min
1.0 oz Citra (12.0% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Crystal (3.5% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) @ 5 min
1.0 oz Sterling (7.5% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz Ahtanum (6.0% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz Cascade (5.5% AA) @ 5 min
0.5 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA)  @ flameout w/ 30 min steep
0.5 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) @ flameout w/ 30 min steep
0.5 oz Citra (12.0% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz El Dorado (15.7% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz Mosaic (11.6% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days
0.5 oz Sterling (7.5% AA) Dry Hop for 5 days

0.5 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min

WLP001 California Ale

Tap Water from Longmont, CO

Single Infusion, 155 F

8/31/2014 Brewed by myself

Collected 6.5-7 gallons of wort at a gravity of about 1.037

OG was about 1.043

Chilled to about 80 F or so, transferred to 6.5 gallon carboy, and placed in chest freezer set at 62  to chill over night

My apologies for all the estimates.  It was my first brew day in 3.5 months and the first one in my new house.  I wasn’t too worried about taking good notes, just making sure I did everything correctly and hit numbers that were ballpark to the estimates BeerSmith gave me.

9/1/2014 Oxygenated for 30-45 seconds and pitched 1L starter and increased fermentor temp to 64F to allow free rise in fermentor.  Strong fermentation the next day.

9/9/2014 Primary fermentation is complete.  Dry hopped with 1 oz Citra 1/2 oz Mosaic and 1/2 oz El Dorado.  Lost track of hops at the homebrew shop and forgot to buy one more ounce of Sterling for the dry hop.  So I just added a full ounce of Citra instead.  Hope to be bottling in 5 days on sunday 9/14

9/15/2014 I kegged this yesterday and boy is it tasty.  It still needs a few days to carbonate up fully.  Since this was my first time brewing in several months I didn’t do a great job taking measurements and keeping records, so I don’t know what the final ABV is.  It does, however taste similar to other session IPA’s I’ve had.  It isn’t a clone of Go To but it’s full of tropical mango hop flavor and and aroma.  I don’t think this keg is going to last very long!IMG_0451

My Backyard

It’s the best place to be.  Period.  Depending on the day, I can watch city league softball or little league baseball games from the deck.  I can, almost literally, watch my hops climb their trellis in the corner of the yard. And it smells fantastic, the smell of boiling wort and a freshly opened bag of hops means it must be brew day.

I am a homebrewer and I love it.  Everything about it is awesome.  The brewing process, from the simplest stove top system to the most complex tiered systems, appeals to the Chemical Engineer in me.  The fact that a skilled brewer on either of those systems, and anything else in between, has the ability to make world class examples beer amazes me. Plus, having tasty brews to share with friends and family at the end of it all is the best part of all.

This is my first blog post… ever.  I started this blog as way to help myself learn more about my favorite hobby and beer in general, and my goal is that the information I provide makes you as passionate about homebrewing as I am.

If there are any topics you would like me to cover let me know in the comments below, or you can contact me at beercrab12@gmail.com, and you can also follow me on twitter @beer_crab.

-Beer Crab