Bells 2 Hearted

20 Jul

I got poor efficiency on this brew, but it still came out very good. I’m not sure what happened during the mash, but I didn’t get the normal efficiency I’m used to. Luckily, the final product was awesome, and tasted very similar to Bells 2 Hearted, even though it was only about 5% ABV which is way lower than Bells. I rate this 90% and was rather impressed at how close it came to the commercial beer.

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Kolsch/Wit hybrid

13 Jul

It was supposed to be a Kolsch, but my 2nd Gen nottingham yeast wasn’t working 2 days after pitching, so I had to quickly run out and get a vial of WLP400 – the combination of yeasts isn’t particularly sought after but I thought I’d bite the bullet. The final product was a hit, even if it was too dry. It was also my first time using lactic acid to bring down the Mash PH, along with brewing salts. I will rate this 88% because I wanted more belgian flavors to come through.

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Dark Kolsch

30 Jun

This was the first water chemistry beer I did where I had the actual water report from Distillata. So my salt additions were calibrated with much more accuracy, and it did turn out maltier than normal, but there was also honey malt involved. I never used honey malt before, and I didn’t realize how much extra sweet flavor 1# would add, but it was A LOT. Not too much, but if I’m going to drink a sweeter beer, it’s usually a brown ale, and not a Kolsch. This beer was solid and enjoyed by many a people, I’ll give it 87% only because it was a tad too sweet for me.

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1st Water Chemistry Experiement – Oktoberfest

22 Jun

This was the first recipe where I used brewing salts. I used 1 tsp of Gypsum + Calcium Chloride and 1/2 tsp of NaCL – and so begins my journey down the rabbit hole of water chemistry. My mash water was Cleveland tap mixed with distilled so I didn’t have a water report to base anything off of, which isn’t ideal, but I wanted to try it. The final product was good and malty like an Oktoberfest, but it wasn’t very balanced in terms of hop/malt ratio. The rating I give is 85% because it could’ve been balanced more.

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SaminCayre Spiced Apfelwein (nutmeg overload)

10 Jun

One of my best friends asked me to make a spiced Apfelwein for his wedding, which I was honored to do. We talked about all these different spice combos and settled on cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. I had 2 cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks, which was cool…then I went crazy and shaved 3 whole nutmegs down to a fine dust, little did I know that using half of 1 nutmeg is probably too much. We tried the Apfelwein before the wedding, and it was obnoxiously nutmeg-y and not very pleasant. It wasn’t undrinkable, but I told my friend I didn’t want to serve this sub-par apfelwein at his wedding…so we’re just going to store it and drink a bottle every now and then for the next year, hoping it improves. I think plenty of people have made good spiced Apfelwein, but go easy on the spices! No rating on this recipe, it wasn’t good and I ruined it with nutmegs, let’s just leave it at that.

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Sim City 2000 (2 year anniversary Simcoe IPA)

25 May

Two years into my brewing career! I should’ve added 1 more oz of Simcoe in the boil to push the bitterness up more. The beer was very smooth and tasty, but ended up being more of a Pale Ale than an IPA. I will rate this 87% because it lacked the hoppy kick I was hoping for.

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Elderflower Ale

19 May

I wanted to make something with Elderflower after getting a bottle of St. Germain liquor, an amazing beverage that can be added to cocktails or sipped on. This beer came out very light, crisp and refreshing. This beer gets the dubious distinction of my FIRST BOTTLE BOMB ever after 2 years of brewing. I’m pretty sure this happened because I added a bit over 1 cup of priming sugar when bottling…I thought because my final volume was almost 6 gallons, the extra priming sugar would be okay. Not so much…luckily the exploding bottle didn’t harm us, or the animals. It exploded only 4 days after being in the bottle, so I quickly bagged up the remaining bottles and moved them to a safer place. Then I had them cooled ASAP and drank em up quickly. No other bottles blew up, so I guess I got lucky. Giving this beer an 86% because I over carbed it and the spices didn’t come through as much as I wanted.

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