Krogerus Bluesmaster – 5E7 Bandmaster Build

In the summer of 2009 I finally finished my guitar tube amplifier build. The amp is based on Sean Kilback‘s modified Fender 5E7 Bandmaster schematic. The modifications include a grounded power cord, modified bright cap, PaulC phase inverter mod, Pre-PI master volume, a bypassable extra gain stage, and variable bias. The schematic is below (click to enlarge):

 

I used a modified version of Ceriatone’s 5E7 layout (sorry, only have original layout):

Here is some info on my build:

1 * 5751 (First preamp tube)
2 * 12ax7 (Second and third preamp tube)
2 * 6L6GC (Power amp tubes)
1 * 5U4GB (Rectifier)

Uraltone TV17 power transformer
Hammond 1645 Output Transformer

Sprague Orange Drop and Atom capacitors

Carbon Film resistors

Power: ~30W

Interior of the amp. I apologize for the rat’s nest.

 

The top of the amp. Notice the huge power transformer.

The front panel of the amp. Ugly labeling.

The cabinet I built for the amp

Back of the cabinet

 

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

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