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Kegging the Centennial Blonde

Yesterday, after two weeks of fermentation and a brix reading of ~5.3/5.4 (translating into a FG of 1.007/1.008), I decided to keg the centennial blonde together with 10g of Cascade and 20g of Centennial for dry hops. I had a small sample from the fermenter and the beer was both tasting and looking good (very clear). Now the keg is standing in the fridge for a week under 0.7 bar pressure, and next weekend it should be ready for tasting.

I also added 40g Amarillo, 40g Cascade, and 20g Chinook to the West Coast IPA, and will let it dry hop for a week before I keg it.

Brewday!

Yesterday I had a go at brewing my first two all-grain batches of beer. First a Centennial Blonde, a hopefully light and refreshing summer ale, and then a Fresh Squeezed West Coast IPA, a heavily hopped American IPA.

Here are the slightly modded recipes I used:

Centennial Blonde

3.5kg Pale Ale Malt
0.35kg CaraPils
0.25kg Light Crystal
0.25kg Vienna Malt

10g Centennial 55min
10g Centennial 35min
10g Cascade 20min
10g Cascade 5min

Nottingham Yeast

19 Liters

OG was ~1.043 (10.6 brix)
IBUs should be around 25-30

 

Fresh Squeezed IPA

5.8kg Pale Ale Malt
0.5kg CaraPils
0.5kg Light Crystal
0.25kg Munich Malt

14g Chinook 90min
14g Simcoe 90min
7g Chinook 60min
7g Simcoe 60min
7g Chinook 30min
7g Simcoe 30min
21g Chinook 15min
21g Simcoe 15min
14g Amarillo 15min
28g Cascade 10min
14g Chinook 0min
21g Simcoe 0min

US-05

19 Liters

OG should have been around 1.070, but mine ended up ~1.060 (14.8 brix)
IBUs should be around 100

 

Here are some pictures from the brewday:

My mashtun, made from a 32L Coolbox from Etola, wrapped in a layer of camping mattress from Clas Ohlson. Have also fitted a tap and a stainless steel braid as a filter.

 

Here is the interior of the mash tun. You can see the filter.

 

I brought everything expect the Carapils premilled (as I had some uncrushed Carapils left), so I had to bring out my Corona mill to get the malt crushed. Luckily it wasn’t much that had to be crushed.

 

Here is a picture of the mash.

 

I’m draining the wort into my homemade boiler. It is made out of a 35L polypropylene tun, to which I have fitted 3 water boiler elements (900W) and a tap.

 

Another picture of the boiler. The electric safety isn’t the best, will have to work on that later.

 

Sparging the mash. Turns out I fly sparged, even though I was planning to batch sparge, which means my efficiency was quite low, meaning I ended up with a little lower OG than expected for my IPA. Next time I will try batch sparging.

 

Here are the hop additions for the Centennial Blonde.

 

Here are the hop additions for the Fresh Squeezed IPA. Lots of hops!

 

Here is the boiler in action. Hot break is forming, no boil yet.

 

The boil is chilled to fermentation temperature with a 8m copper immersion chiller. Worked great!

 

Finally the wort ended up in the fermenting vessel together with the yeast. In a couple weeks time I will hopefully get to taste some great beer!

The new IPA has been bottled

I bottled the new IPA last week, and am anxiously waiting to taste it. Label and name inspired by Pink Floyd:

American IPA – Second Attempt

Here is my second attempt on making an American IPA. This time I wanted some more sweetness, so I added some Crystal Malt, and more hop flavor, so I increased the amount of late hop additions. Below is the recipe, targeted values and a couple of pictures:

Recipe:

1.7 kg Coopers Traditional Draught
1 kg Light Spray Malt
0.5 kg Extra Light Spray Malt
1 kg Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
300 g Crystal Malt
Wyeast 1056 starter (and US-05 as backup if fermentation doesn’t start)
10g Cascade @20 min
10g Amarillo @20 min
10g Simcoe @20 min
10g Cascade @10 min
10g Amarillo @10 min
10g Simcoe @10 min
10g Cascade @5 min
10g Amarillo @5 min
10g Simcoe @5 min
10g Cascade @0 min
10g Amarillo @0 min
10g Simcoe @0 min
25g Cascade @Dry Hop
25g Amarillo @Dry Hop
25g Simcoe @Dry Hop
25g Citra @ Dry Hop

OG 1.062
FG ? (estimated 1.015)

22L, IBU ~55, EBC ~18, ABV ~6.5%

A picture of the ingredients

 

The hop additions

 

The mash

The probable label. Name and color scheme inspired by Pink Floyd.

Hopefully the beer turns out good. It’s been a week in the fermenting vessel, will add dry hops in about two weeks and bottle in three weeks.

American IPA – First Attempt

My first attempt of homebrewing. I was attempting to make an American IPA inspired by Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA. The result was a quite fruity and bitter beer, but I felt it lacked a bit of hop flavor and sweetness. Below is the recipe and some pictures of the brewing process.

Recipe:

2 * 1.7 kg Coopers Traditional Draught
0.5 kg Light Spray Malt
0.5 kg Amber Spray Malt
US-05 Yeast
15g Cascade @20min
15g Amarillo @20min
10g Citra @20min
15g Cascade @5min
15g Amarillo @5min
10g Citra @5min
25g Cascade @Dry Hop
25g Amarillo @Dry Hop
20g Citra @Dry Hop

OG 1.059
FG 1.010

25L, IBU ~65, EBC ~13.5, ABV ~6.4%

 

The ingredients

 

Weighing out the hops in a hop bag

 

The wort

 

Boiling the hops

Disinfecting with Star-San

 

The fermenting vessel after 3 weeks

 

Disinfected bottles

Filling the bottles

 

Capping the bottles

Ready bottles

 

Bottles with random labels

 

The ready product