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    Beer 4 – Jackies Beer – Recipe

    October 26, 2010 // No Comments »

    Some poking around has lead me the make this recipe for Jackie’s beer (her comments and alterations to follow)

    Jackies Route 113 IPA

    Brewer: Jackie Email:
    Beer: Jackies Route 113 IPA Style: India Pale Ale
    Type: Extract w/grain Size: 5 gallons
    14 HCU (~9 SRM)
    Bitterness: 113 IBU
    OG: 1.088 FG: 1.014
    Alcohol: 9.6% v/v (7.5% w/w)
    Grain: 1 lb. American 2-row
    1 lb. British pale
    Steep: 25 Min in a grain bag at 160°.
    Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.147 3 gallons
    9.9 lb. Light malt extract
    1 lb. Light dry malt extract
    Hops: 3 oz. Nugget (12% AA, 60 min.)
    2 oz. Nugget (12% AA, 45 min.)
    1.75 oz. Cascade (6% AA, 30 min.)
    1.75 oz. Cascade (6% AA, 15 min.)
    Carbonation: 5oz priming sugar boiled in 2 cups water.

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    Beer 3 – Recipe modifaction/shopping

    March 20, 2010 // No Comments »

    Went to the home brew shop today, swapped out some of the hops, and made a few minor substitutions in the grain, gonna start cleaning tonight and brew tomorrow.

    Wonky Wit

    This is my first attempt to design a beer… wish me luck.

    Brewer: Stacey R Email: sunsetslave@gmail.com
    URL: http://brew.misocat.org
    Beer: Wonky Wit Style: Belgian White (Wit)
    Type: Extract w/grain Size: 5 gallons
    7 HCU (~6 SRM)
    Bitterness: 13 IBU
    OG: 1.061 FG: 1.010
    Alcohol: 6.6% v/v (5.2% w/w)
    Grain: 1.25 lb. Belgian 2 row, cracked

    1.25 lb. White Wheat, cracked

    1.25 lb. Flaked wheat

    Boil: 60 minutes SG 1.122 2.5 gallons
    1 lb. Light dry malt extract

    2 lb. Honey

    3.3 lb. Light malt extract

    Hops: .5 oz. Citra (11.1% AA, 60 min.)

    .75 oz. Bitter orange peel (60 min.)

    .24 oz. Amarillo (8.7% AA, 15 min.)

    .25 oz. Bitter orange peel (5 min.)

    1 oz. Sweet orange peel (5 min.)

    1 oz. Coriander (5 min.)

    .75 oz. Angelica root (5 min.)

    .75 oz. Lemon balm (5 min.)

    Yeast: liquid Belgian Wit yeast

    White Labs WLP400

    Carbonation: prime with 5oz sugar.

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    Beer 2 – Prep Day

    June 12, 2009 // 1 Comment »

    I did all the big preliminary work to do my next brew last night. My fermenting bucket still had the smell of my last beer in it but it’s all clean now. All that’s left for tonight is cleaning the brew pot and sterilizing everything.

    I think I may switch the roles of my buckets this time around just to keep the wear on them even. They both have spigots but only one has a thermometer stuck to it, we’ll see how it goes.

    Scrub a dub dub,


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    Beer 2 – Pre Prep day

    May 30, 2009 // No Comments »

    Jackie’s boss loved my first beer and ordered a full batch. I got the last of the kit I used at my local shop (Thanks for the assist Andy) and may brew as soon as this weekend.

    See you on brew day,


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    Beer 1 – Prep Day/Recipe

    February 8, 2009 // No Comments »

    My first beer, from the Brewers Best Bold Series, is a holiday ale spiced with cinnamon and orange peel.

    The Gear:

    ingredient box

    to keep track of exact weights and AAUs I took pictures of each part of the kit:

    Finishing hoppsMalt extractyeastspicespriming sugarA fancy Grainbittering hoppsDried Maltcrushed crystal malt

    oh and it came with caps

    BB Caps

    The majority of the equipment I’ll be using is another Brewers Best Kit dscf2138 with most of the essentials:dscf2139 Since I saw Alton Brown’s episode of Good Eats on brewing beer, I had the fermenter in my kit swapped with one that was drilled for a spigot and spent a few extra dollars on a second spigot; they swapped the bucket for free.

    I traded in a poker table I found on the street at a pawn shop and got a big pot: The Brew Pot

    The thermometer in the equipment kit would probably melt if I attached it to the brew pot so I spent $6 on a candy/fry thermometer that I think will have a useful range for this.

    The Plan:

    (Largely copied from the directions, modified slightly)

    1. Sterilize: frementer, lid, air lock, strainer, thermometer, hydrometer, stirring spoon
    2. Bring 2.5 gallons of water to 160-170 degrees Fahrenheit (in the brew pot)
    3. Using cheesecloth like a teabag, put the crushed grains in the water, allow to steep for 20 min
    4. Remove the steeping grains and allow to drain into the brew pot without squeezing the bundle
    5. Bring the water to a boil
    6. Add malt extracts and bittering hops
    7. Siring frequently, being careful to avoid boil over, boil for 40 minutes
    8. Add finishing hops and spice pack
    9. Boil for 15 minutes
    10. Remove brew from heat and cover
    11. Put brew pot in bathtub full of cold water
    12. Strain brew into fermenter with 2.5 gallons of refrigerated water
    13. Take a hydrometer reading
    14. Pitch yeast
    15. Cover, insert/water air lock
    16. Hide in the closet.

    Or in timelineish format, 5 minute increments:

    0- 2.5 gallons at 160-170 with steeping grains




    20- Bring water to a boil, add malt and bittering hops






    50- Add finishing hops



    65- Cool wort rapidly and put in fermenter


    That’s day one, I’ll go over changes in what actually happens along with pertinent numbers in another post when I actually do this (maybe tomorrow).

    Boldly brewing where no one has brewed before,


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