Sorry for not blogging the last brews. Also I’ve been pretty lazy brewing the past years.
If you read this you might notice I updated the web site theme. I think I lost some features, but those was from a time when I hacked the theme to get them in. I don’t have time or interest to do this anymore so they are gone.
I realized I have too much hops and best way to use it is making a well hopped Imperial India Pale Ale. So here we go!
I’m trying a new technique and hope I get better efficiency than before. I’m emptying the Grainfather after the mash-up to a kettle, it was about 9-10L. Then added 10 L 74°C water to the malt bed. Then pour the wort back into the boiler after mash out.
Also boiling for 120 minutes to caramel the malts more. You can see the hop bill above, basically
– Columbus bitter hops
– Centennial aroma hops
– Bunch of Citra, Columbus and Centennial at boil out
I used 585g hops, too much for the Hopspider which caused some problems I had to solve.
Dry hopped after 5 days with 300g Chinook and Calypso.
Thats five C-hops.
Vol 13 Liters
#Brewday67 – 2016-05-16.
23 litres batch with OG1070 was split up in three parts for the second fermentation. Lots of caramel malts, Columbus bitter hops and Aurora aroma hops.
A) Session Ale; 9 litres + 9 litres of water + Dry hopped with 100gr Aurora.
B) India Red Ale; 7 litres + Dry hopped with 100gr Centennial.
C) Barleywine; 7 litres + Hershey’s Caramel Syrup + Muscovado Sugar + Coconut Palm Sugar
It has been a long time since I had time and felt like brewing something. I was getting bored with the complexity using all the equipment. So I bought the Grainfather. So much easier, and less things to worry about.
The first beer with the Grainfather is an Oatmeal Ale with Mango, Papaya and Vanilla bean.
5K g Pale malt
0.5 kg Oat malt
Columbus Bittering hops
Columbus Taste hops
Centennial Aroma hops
1 big Papaya
8 Mango fruits
1 Vanilla stalk
FG 1016 (estimated)
ABV% 4.8 (estimated)
I forgot to mash out, that’s why the lower abv% (which is fine actually)
Now a curse upon Because and his kin! May Because be accursed for ever! If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness. Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise. Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog! But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!
-The Book of the Law II:28-34
This is the second time I’ve had time to brew this year, I’ve been busy and I also been pretty lazy when I had time. Anyway it is that time of the year, actually precise date it is. It’s the day I’m doing magickal beer.
As usual the beer is 11%ABV, 111 IBU is too little so this time I pushed it over 200 IBU all thanks to Columbus hops. It will be flowery and citrusy all thanks to Centennial hops and Citra hops.
The colour is black and brown, or blue and golden for those that can see. For it is a magickal beer.
It’s that time of the year again when I brew my magickal ale with everything 1’s. It’s OG 1111, 11%ABV, 111 IBU… Shut up and drink it!
It’s Chocolate dinkel malt, crystal malt, caramel malt, pale malt and rye malt.
It’s Belma hops, Centennial hops, Chinook hops, and Columbus hops.
It’s not an IPA.
It’s not a Stout.
It’s a well hopped black ale. Some call them CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale), I’m not in or from Cascadia, I’m not partiulary influenced by those. I’m not sure if I came up with this before I heard of them, but who cares.
It’s not an Black IPA, that just sounds stupid and I don’t condone that style name. Some say IBA (India Black Ale), I might sign on to that, but I’d like to promote yet another name…
HBA (Hoppy Black Ale)
A black ale which is just as hoppy as an American IPA. It should not get too much of the roasty tones as a stout, it should be hidden under the hops, it might come out as an after taste. But the hops should rule!
When the clock shows 11:11 make a wish and toast this beer and your wishes will come true, it will work best if you just happen to look at the clock. It doesn’t work if you set the alarm clock or wait for the clock, it should be by “luck” or instinct, then it works.