Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Four Brews at Irish Rover's

On Sunday, January 25th Der Brauer and Irish Rover knocked out 4 brews: Barley Wine, Altbier, Witbier and the always enjoyable Pilsner.  The Barleywine was a new recipe of Irish Rover's. 

(Pilsner Mash)
 Der Brauer had not brewed last fall so the sweet smell of mashed grains was a welcome experience.

 We brewed two beers at a time.  All beers were 5gallon batches.  The wort chiller was working great most likely because of the low temperature of the water from the hose.  Most beers dropped to under 70 degrees in about 10-15 minutes. 
 The Witbier was the only beer with adjuncts.  As is tradition it included Coriander, Orange Peel, etc. all added during the boil. 
 One new procedure that was tried during this brew was to measure the gravity of the wort during the mash.  Per The Brewmaster's Bible and other sources, the last of the sparge should ideally reach 1.008-1.0010 in order to be finished.  None of our beers reached levels this low.  It was also difficult to accurately measure this because of the high temperatures of the wort and therefore the need to adjust the hydrometer readings.  Either way, we recorded our findings and it should give us insight into mash efficiency in the future and the possibility of draw out a "second drain" to make a lighter beer.  Extra water was added to the Barleywine to test this process.  Total volume after boil was around 6 gallons. 

Of course it wouldn't be a brewing day without tasting some homebrew.  We tried some of Irish Rover's two year old Belgian Dubbel.  It was fantastic!  Very drinkable and wonderful to just simply look at. 

-Der Brauer

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Time for Renewal

It has been a long time since anything has been done with the blog. That is about to change.  With our lives ever expanding in different directions, yet always spiraling back to this hobby, we believe it is necessary to keep a record of what we are doing from our various locales.  And if anything, in brewing and winemaking, document and record to learn and improve.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

1st Brew at Matuz's

For the 1st brew at my place I did my Tuzkin Ale(Pumpkin Ale), and my Ol'Man Tuz(Oatmeal Stout).

I gotta say, waking up in the morning to some great weather, and beautiful view made doing this brew even more enjoyable.  As I write this, both are draining into their respective boiling pots.  So I have some time to post some images.

1st thing I did was prepare the pumpkin.  I picked up two pie pumpkins from a nearby produce stand.  Both registered a little over 4lbs.  I rubbed in the pumpkin spice like I do with any meats I have been smoking lately. I really wanted to penetrate the pumpkin.

The before pic 1

Before pic 2

After 1

After 2

My setup looks like this:

This was what it looked like as I weighed and milled the malt.

I decided to add MORE POWER(Tim Taylor) to the mill.  It worked beautifully.  I had grain all milled in no time...


More pics and updates to come as I finish the day out.  Almost done draining....just added second set of sparge water to pumpkin...going to go bring the temp up on the oatmeal sparge.  Hopefully I'll be boiling in 30 min or so!

Boils went okay.  There was a boil over in the pumpkin and I lost some wort.  BUT the O.G. was right on.  Bad thing is, getting the wort into the carboy was a pain, and I lost some more wort.  It is hard to get all of that in there(pumpkin, etc.) into a small hole.  I have about 4 gallons of Pumpkin Ale.

The Oatmeal stout....it was high on the O.G. with a 1.070.  I added water to bring it down and to raise the amount of wort from 8 gal to 9.5gal.  I had so little wort due to the fact that as I was taking it off the burners, it tripped, and lost some wort.  I brought the O.G. down to 1.057, which is only .003 off from what I wanted.  Can't complain there.  We'll see how it turns out.

The day started out so great, but ended on some bad notes.  I just hope the beer taste good.

I am exhausted, and tired.  Going to shower, and eat some dinner(Smoked meatballs added to some chili in the crockpot).


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Brewing Pictures

Der Brauer and Irish Rover got together to brew 6 beers today. I showed up to document a little and help out however I could. Here are some pictures taken between 8am and noon.

Checking numbers before starting.

Der Brauer getting ready to crush some grain.

Crushing the grain. Der Brauer working on a bad case of Brewer's Lung.

The Department of Weights and Measures.

Smells amazing. Baking the pumpkin quarters at 325 for 2 hours.

Yeast for the Porter on the left. Yeast for a Pumpkin beer and another beer on the right.

Checking the color after the mash.

Down time? Let's sample the Oktoberfest.

I've never had a Butter Beer... let's sample that, too.

Wait, when did you guys make a Chocolate Wheat? Sample time x3.

Cubing the pumpkin quarters.

Drawn, quatered, and on to being cubed.

Cubing the pumpkin quarters.

The pumpkin pieces are cubed for the boil.

Final note: Muscadine wine date has been set for Sunday, November 6 at the brand new Manzi residence.