Topics Topics Help/Instructions Help Edit Profile Profile Member List Register  
Search Last 1 | 3 | 7 Days Search Search Tree View Tree View  

Visit The Brewery's sponsor!
Brews & Views Bulletin Board Service * Brews and Views Archive 2009 * Archive through July 09, 2009 * Memorial Day and Brewing < Previous Next >

  Thread Last Poster Posts Pages Last Post
  ClosedClosed: New threads not accepted on this page        

Author Message
 

Michael
Advanced Member
Username: Hoppop

Post Number: 973
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 24.74.164.235
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 01:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

First of all, thanks to all who are now serving, or are veterans of past military service to the country. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, or unappreciated.

Second, what plans say ye' for brewing this upcoming weekend? Between kids activities, work and other life stuff, I have found my HB stash to be running low. The window is closing here in the merry ol'South. I am taking Thursday and Friday off to parlay into a five day weekend. Ahem....two of those days off is for brewing so that I have a well stocked supply until Fall.

Here is the initial plan....(10 gallons each batch)....

Day 1 - German Hefe, American Hefe (20 gallons total)
Day 2 - Mild Ale, Cream ale (20 gallons total)

Day 3, 4, and 5 - yardwork, marinading and smoking some sort of free range bird for a neigborhood BBQ, relax....OK....hopefully, RDWHAHB.

What do you have planned?

(Message edited by hoppop on May 20, 2009)
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2164
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 02:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We (me, wife, kids) head out Friday eve for Franconia Notch in New Hampshire. 3 days of biking, hiking, and geocaching, plus maybe a stop at a brewpub or two.

Since last weekend was entirely taken up with community service and this will be all family time, I'm not getting the time I need to brew. So I'm going to play hookey from work on Thursday and make 5 gallons of American Pale Ale and 5 gallons of Witbier.
 

dhacker
Senior Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1685
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 98.66.40.132
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No brewing here . . no time.
Thankfully, I have decent reserves.

My memorial day weekend will consist of finishing the hookup of a major upgrade to the game room HT system, cleaning out the brewhouse so I can even get to my system, and installing a paver border around the beer garden's Pennsylvania bluestone principal expanse. Also, setting up the fountain at the center.

I WILL drink some beers though.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10363
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No fireworks for the holiday, DH?

Canada's late spring holiday weekend (Victoria Day, except in Quebec) is a week before that in the US. The only brewing-related task I did last weekend was to rack a batch of Munich helles to secondary. It's currently lagering patiently and should be ready to drink by July 1 (another Canuck holiday just before the one south of the border, although we do share the same Labour Day--Canadian spelling, eh!).

With the exception of a couple of summer-like days, spring has been cool and late here in the Great White North (there was frost on two nights last weekend). We're just starting to warm up and do late garden planting.

(Message edited by BillPierce on May 20, 2009)
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2165
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 01:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Still chilly here too. That's why we'll be staying in a hotel in NH rather than camping. I don't want to hear the whining if the kids have to get out of their sleeping bags in 35F weather.

First planned camping weekend is a local geocachers' jamboree June 12-14. There is a huge overlap between the geocaching and homebrewing communities here in CT, so we have a homebrewers subgroup get-together each year. Life doesn't get much better than sitting around a big campfire tasting each other's homebrews. Can't wait.
 

Dave Witt
Senior Member
Username: Davew

Post Number: 1311
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 12.2.161.11
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 02:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You guys have me thinking that maybe I should squeeze in a brew session this weekend. If I do it will be an IIPA. I have plans only for Sunday. Monday would probably be the day that I would brew on.
 

Chumley
Senior Member
Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5811
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 02:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Last night I boiled up 3 L of wort using 10+ year old DME and 1/2 tsp of Wyeast yeast nutrient. I split that into 2 growlers, added a tiny drop of extra virgin olive oil, and added a vial of WLP011 European ale yeast (expired 01/08) and WLP500 Trappist ale yeast (expired 11/08).

If either of those starters take off, I will brew this weekend. My wheat rye ale for the WLP011, a dubbel or tripel for the WLP500, or (hopefully) both.
 

dhacker
Senior Member
Username: Dhacker

Post Number: 1686
Registered: 11-2002
Posted From: 72.4.22.214
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 03:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No fireworks for the holiday, DH?

Ha!

Ya know, I do have a fairly large cache of 3 and 4" shells in the magazine. I may find enough time on one of the evenings to lob up a few colon cleansers.

Sadly, I have enough ingredients and yeast on hand to make probably 5 ten gallon batches of whatever, just gotta get past the honeydo list. .
 

Steve Jones
Advanced Member
Username: Stevej

Post Number: 650
Registered: 08-2001
Posted From: 164.89.253.21
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 03:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm off Friday thru Monday, and the forecast is low 80s with 40% chance of T-storms each day. I will brew a Rochefort 8 clone the first rainy day of the 4.

I brewed a Belgian Blonde at BigBrew, and racked it last night. 1.064 --> 1.012, a pretty good attenuation considering there was no sugar (it did have 1 lb flaked maize). I pitched at 64F and let it rise 3F per day for 5 days. The hydro sample tasted really good, and tonight I'll make a starter from about 200ml of the slurry from this one (Wyeast 1762).
 

ChriSto
Advanced Member
Username: Christo

Post Number: 556
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 216.176.226.154
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Friday I plan to brew a Dortmunder style lager. Hopefully, I will also get around to cleaning two kegs and filling with an Alt that has lagered for 3 months and a back-sweetened cider, respectively. Then, if really juiced, I'll finish installing my 3-tap system in my fridge and finally have my Perlicks aworkin'.

Thank you to all veterans and thoughts go out to the families of those who didn't make it home.
 

Vance Barnes
Senior Member
Username: Vancebarnes

Post Number: 3677
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 69.199.10.66
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 08:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No brewing for me this weekend. Off to the woods for 3 days of music, beer, and whole hog, skin and bones.

There will be kegs of Sweetwater and Terrapin. I'm taking a 3 gal keg of bitter and 2L bottles of bock, maibock, alt, and IPA. And some cans of Dales, Gordon, and Old Chub.
 

michael atkins
Advanced Member
Username: Mga

Post Number: 715
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 70.59.171.19
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 09:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thursday (tomorrow) I am brewing an Oktoberfest, and an American Lager. Plan to smoke a dried beef, and a brisket.

Kids and their family's are coming from Western Nebraska, Omaha, and Illinois Friday through the holidays. Fishing boats ready if it gets too crowded.
 

Marc Rehfuss
Junior Member
Username: Marc_rehfuss

Post Number: 98
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 199.133.211.52
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 09:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I love three day weekends. Brewing an "English" porter on Monday with Scottish yeast and whichever non citrusy hops I have laying in the freezer. I won a $50 gift cert to LHBS for winning club comp so I must take advantage!
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2166
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 11:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

AAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! Pissy client needs me to be at my desk all day tomorrow (Thurs). I'll have to push brew day to Friday, when I'll also be packing the car for the trip north. That means I'll be trying to do too much at once and forget a hop addition or something. Grrrrr. Sometime I hate being a consultant.

Now I'm late for brewclub, too.
 

Tonymaud
Junior Member
Username: Tonymaud

Post Number: 44
Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 151.190.254.108
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul,

I see you'll be visiting my lovely home state. The White Mountains are my favorite place. May I recommend Woodstock Inn & Brewery while you are here. http://www.woodstockinnbrewery.com/home.php
I usually try to hit it when I am up that way after hiking or skiing. The beers are great and their menu is extensive. Great place for the whole family. Have an Old Man oatmeal stout for me!
A couple others in the area are

http://www.moatmountain.com/
http://www.tuckermanbrewing.com/

Have fun and leave lots of money in our wonderful state! :-)
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2168
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Tony. We'll probably hit Woodstock for dinner Saturday.

I'm not sure how much money we'll be spending. Weather permitting, we will hike/bike/geocache in Franconia Notch on Sat and Crawford Notch on Mon. On Sun, we'll probably drive up Mt Washington and hike down to the AT sleeping hut and back, then drive the "loop" back to Lincoln, where we are staying. None of that is very expensive. (Like most homebrewers, I'm pretty cheap.)

Back to topic: My starters are bubbling, getting ready for tomorrow's brew session. I'm diddling with the recipes while teleconferencing with my client.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10370
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 04:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I also do teleconferencing on occasion. I admit to sometimes browsing here while my ear is occupied elsewhere.
 

Jim DeShields
Member
Username: Niquejim

Post Number: 159
Registered: 07-2006
Posted From: 74.4.114.76
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 12:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Saturday I have at least 4 people coming over to learn how to brew All-grain. Wish me luck. Then Monday I'm doing some jerk chicken and some Mahi-mahi quesadillas
 

Brewzz
Advanced Member
Username: Brewzz

Post Number: 653
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 70.112.116.217
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds good Jim.I LOVE jerk,chicken or pork.I have 2 bottles of Chimay ,and some old DME.I'm gonna make a starter and brew probably next weekend.Not sure what yet,any suggestions guys?
Cheers,Brewzz
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
Advanced Member
Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 611
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 67.167.4.225
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 04:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I asked a similar question about a month ago. I made a Belgian Porter--a basic kitchen sink porter but with Chimay yeast. The yeast added a lot of additional flavor complexity. I would do it again, but ferment higher.

I then used the majoritity of the yeast cake to ferment a Belgian Tripel. I just racked it to secondary and it is awesome! Really simple recipe, all pilsner grain, noble hops, and a cane sugar addition 3 days into fermentation. The fruity/pepper phenols in the yeast really shine through. Although again, I would probably ferment higher (closer to 70F--I was at about 65F).
 

Steve Anderson
Intermediate Member
Username: Steveinmemphis

Post Number: 300
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 75.66.86.85
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 10:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had some unexpected time open up Saturday morning, so I went by the LBHS on Friday after work and picked up grains and yeast for my "house" APA....based on SNPA, but with a mixture of Cascades and Amarillo hops. I had lots of Amarillo hops in the freezer, so I bittered it with Am's instead of Perle this time. I mashed in Friday night and finished it up Saturday morning. Everything was put away by noon. I have 5.5 gallons chugging away. The yeasties are having a big asexual orgy in their beer hot tub.
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10376
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 01:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"Asexual orgy": is that a circle jerk?
 

Steve Anderson
Intermediate Member
Username: Steveinmemphis

Post Number: 302
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 75.66.86.85
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 03:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How crass! What the yeast does is magic. It's more like immaculate conception.
 

Dan Listermann
Senior Member
Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6639
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 74.83.191.159
Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I tried doing five gallons of rye wine yesterday. It was one of the worst batches I ever attempted. Not only did the mash stick tighter than a drum, the kettle would not drain.
 

Pete Mazurowski
Intermediate Member
Username: Pete_maz

Post Number: 379
Registered: 07-2003
Posted From: 67.72.98.104
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had similar problems with a cream ale I made Monday. A messy cereal mash, followed by a stuck mash, then slow runoff from kettle to fermenter... But it's bubbling away now, so we'll see. All in all, a bad day brewing is still better than a good day working.
 

Hophead
Senior Member
Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2836
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 06:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DId an IIPA on Sunday, all went well with a slower than usual kettle drain due to too many (gasp!) pellet hops. The pump was compressing the hoses trying to get it all out, may need to get some new ones.

1.080, 120ibus. Columbus, amarillo, centennial. Bubbling away nicely.
 

Chumley
Senior Member
Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5816
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 63.118.227.254
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 07:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My starter for the WLP011 finished out, so Sunday I brewed my wheat rye ale. The usual rye gumminess slowed things down, but I only used 20% of it for the grist (did you do a 105F beta glucan rest, Dan?). I also got a little bit lower extraction than usual (actually normal for my system, but I haven't changed this recipe yet from my old system, which got 75-80%). Still, I got a nice 1.045 OG ale, which should be very quaffable in late July.

WLP011 European ale yeast is fermenting very nicely at 58.....it looks like a pilsner yeast at the temeperature, with the nice small bubble 1-2 inch krausen layer on top, a little darker scum on one side of the carboy.
 

Paul Hayslett
Senior Member
Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2171
Registered: 02-2002
Posted From: 71.234.45.166
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 08:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I had a fantastic weekend in the mountains (dozens of miles hiked and biked, thousands of feet of elevation climbed, all in the company of my family ). But a steady stream of high-priority work issues made it impossible to play hooky and brew, before or after. Current plan is for Friday. I'm hoping the weather cooperates.
 

David Root
New Member
Username: David_r

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2007
Posted From: 66.67.154.93
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 01:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I brewed my first batch in 9 or 10 years.

Did it Sunday afternoon.

It came out well, I didn't forget much. I did consult Dave Millers book for strike temp because I drew a blank.

I posted this in the digest that seems to have dried up a little. As in not much posting, so I came here.

Brew was successful, Nice pancake of yeast on top. I will keg it this weekend.

David :-)
My simple brewery
 

Steve Anderson
Intermediate Member
Username: Steveinmemphis

Post Number: 307
Registered: 03-2003
Posted From: 75.66.86.85
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 02:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Welcome back David. What did you brew that will go from kettle to keg in one week?
 

David Root
New Member
Username: David_r

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2007
Posted From: 66.67.154.93
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 02:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for the welcome back. It feels good! Now I want to take the yeast from this batch and brew another one.

Its an ale, no specific style, just the beer I brewed most of the time. "Roots Beer"

I used 1007, the bigger package and added that to 3 qts of boiled brown sugar water.

Here is what I had

15 lbs US 2 row
1 lb crystal
1 lb torrified wheat for head retention.

1 oz German Hallertau leaf hops for first wort hopping

1 oz New Zealand hallertau (8.6) Leaf hops
1 oz US Willamette pellets

I ferment for 6 days and draw it off into 5 gal corny kegs before the yeast cake falls into the beer. I have a family reunion in 6 weeks. Hope everything comes out. I cleaned the dickens out of the kettles. They had been stored up side down. I boiled water in each one before use too.

Ingredients were fresh and I bought new hoses.

I did not have any O2 at home (I'm a weldor) so I let the cooled wort fall into the fermenter to aireate.

I tasted the cooled wort, All I could taste are hops. Should be good. Who knows....

Edit: The weather is cooperating. The beer is fermenting in my bedroom at about 68. The same temp I cooled it to before adding the starter.

David

(Message edited by David R on May 28, 2009)
 

Chumley
Senior Member
Username: Chumley

Post Number: 5820
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 71.217.153.90
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 02:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Excellent! Congrats on brewing again, after all these years. That recipe just makes one smack one's lips, thinking of summer ales.

Reusing a yeast cake is a sound procedure....especially in these economic times where the cost of ingredients is way up.
 

Nephalist
Member
Username: Nephi

Post Number: 150
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 71.137.117.160
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 06:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

David,
That's the sturdiest HLT stand I've ever seen. What are the wheels for on the mash tun stand?
 

David Root
New Member
Username: David_r

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2007
Posted From: 66.67.154.93
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Neaphalist, the wheels are not part of the system, they are in the background. That is the sulky for my Gravely tractor.

Its supposed to go up to 74 today here. I will close the blinds to help keep the beer cool.

I have picked up the HLT with a come along and a chain (makes me nervous), I have brewed on stairs, I have brewed using the back of a pick up truck and a board....

Keg time in 2 more days!
 

Bill Pierce
Moderator
Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 10385
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.141.103.148
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh my! The things I could tell about Gravely tractors...

Glad to see you back among the brewing, David. Welcome aboard.