APA Experiments

APA Experiments

Brew day went well last Sunday.  I hit my OG of 1.055 and I have four .75 gallon jugs fermenting away right now. The 1056 got a slow start but the 1272 began fermenting around 20 hours.  They mystery strain harvested from a local craft beer company began fermenting around the 12 hour mark and Brett L. is a little difficult to tell what is happening.  It is definitely fermenting because I can see activity but it is tough to tell.  I don’t expect that one to be ready for a couple of months at least.  All of the jugs have been fermenting between 65-67 and the yeast strains were pitched at 66 degrees.  All is looking good and I expect to slowly begin raising the temperature up to 71 in the next few days so that the yeast can clean themselves up.  I plan on dry hopping the 1056 and 1272 but I will probably taste the mystery strain before dry hopping.  The local craft brew company typically uses Belgian Strains in there beers so I want to taste before adding hops to secondary.  I am thinking of brewing a brown sour for my next beer using lactobacillus.  I’m not sure exactly how to go about this and I have been trying to do research on the best way to  sour the beer.  I have some ideas in mind and I will post my plan before next experimental day.  Could be this Sunday.  Until then, happy brewing and I will post notes on the APA beers when they are done.

 

APA Experiments – First Post

Yeast Starters – APA Experiments

Yeast Starters – APA Experiments

I have four starters going for brew day on Saturday.  I am growing 1056, 1272, unknown strain pulled from a craft beer bottle from White Birch Brewing, and Brett L.  I’m sure the WBB strain and Brett L. are not appropriate for this experiment but getting an idea on what flavors they will add to Pale Ale extract is what experiments are all about.  This is a very simple recipe consisting of Pale Extract, Caripils, and Citra hop additions.  Should be interesting.  Can’t wait to brew Saturday.

Vicious Viking Brew Day Schedule

I finally got around to completing the brew day schedule for our Vicious Rye IPA we brewed 2 weeks ago.  There is a ton of information in this spreadsheet and breaking it all down will take some time.  We were very happy on how the day went, with the exception of the boil over because […]

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Brew Setup Upgrades

Brew Setup Upgrades As we continue to brew and upgrade our brewing system we have been discussing the possibility of buying a third 26 gallon kettle  from Morebeer and us it as a Mash Tun.  We have found ourselves up against the limits of our 72 quart cooler mash tun the last two brew days. […]

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Prolonged Fermentation

Primary fermentation on our Rye IPA is now at day 10 and still rolling.  It looks as if it is getting closer to completion as it is as violent as it was a couple of days ago.  We don’t see this as a problem because we know we pitched appropriate and healthy yeast starters.  We […]

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APA-Experiments Update

I wasn’t able to brew today as planned.  I just wasn’t able to pull everything together, mainly starters, and clean all of the equipment.  I did clean most of the equipment today and I purchased a 33lb tub of pale extract yesterday so I will have plenty of  extract to brew 3 or 4 times. […]

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APA – Experiments

APA – Experiments After the failed Brett Porter experiment I have decided that the best way to experiment is to brew at my house using extract.  This will be interesting because this will be my first extract brew day.  As I have stated before,  I don’t have all of the brewing equipment at my house […]

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Brew Day Preps and Hints – Volume Loss

Update to Brew Day Preps and Hints Calculations – Volume Loss and Evaporation Rate Spending an entire day  brewing only to find out that you ended up with less beer than you should have can be frustrating.  A good way to make sure that this doesn’t occur is to double check all of your loss […]

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Porter Experiments-6 weeks

Porter Experiments – 6 Weeks I decided it was time to take some gravity measurements and a tasting of my porter experiments last weekend.  I was pretty excited to see how these were progressing with the Brett L and see what flavors were coming out.  I got everything and ready and sanitized the equipment to […]

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Viking Vicious Rye IPA

Viking Vicious Rye IPA We finally were able to brew some beer after a 2 month hiatus.  Weather still sucked but we couldn’t wait any longer.  We need to keep the beer pipeline flowing and we were going out of our minds.  We incorporated a couple of new ideas into this brew day.  One of […]

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