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2021 Batch 16/17 - Horseman's Pumpkin Ale Kit from Great Fermentations

Although there are a few pumpkin spice ales on the market that I enjoy (Hoppin' Frog's Double Pumpkin, Samuel Adams Fat Jack, and Heavy Seas Great'r Pumpkin come to mind first), I've yet to brew a pumpkin spice ale that I have been happy with.  Either I didn't feel like the base beer was quite right, or the spice mix was too "something" (insert random pie spice there) forward, it was too hop-forward, or it was wrong in some other way.  This year, I decided to try the kit from Great Fermentations in Indiana to see if I liked that any better than previous brews. Ingredients 9 pounds 2-row Brewer's Malt 1 pound Munich Malt 8 ounces Crystal 40L Malt 15 ounces Canned Pumpkin (not included in kit) 1/4 tsp. Brewtan B (my addition to kit) 1 ounce Glacier Hops 1/2 tsp. Brewtan B (my addition to kit) 1 tsp. Irish Moss (15 min.) 0.5 tsp. Ground Cinnamon (not included in kit) 0.5 tsp. Vanilla extract (not included in kit) 0.5 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (not included i
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2021 Batch 15 - English Dark Mild Ale

From the first time I tried one at The Winking Lizard Tavern many years ago, I've been a fan of the English Dark Mild Ale style. It's a nice mix of roasty malt flavors without the heaviness of a porter or stout, which makes it easy to drink year-round. The recipe below is adapted from the Hey Man Dark Mild recipe by Nic Pestel of Missoula, MT.  Nic won a gold at the 2018 NHC in Portland, OR, with the original version.  This variant changes the original recipe in the following ways: Swapped Maris Otter for the original's Montana 2-row Pale Malt Swapped Munich DME for the original's Munich 10L Malt Replaced the original's Dextrin Malt with some Pilsner (since I had no Dextrin or similar on hand) Swapped Lallemand CBC-1 dry ale yeast for the original's Wyeast 2112 California Lager Yeast, mostly because I didn't want to deal with a lager and the CBC-1 should be fairly neutral yeast Adjusted IBUs based on my hops' Alpha Acid levels Changed the first hops add

2021 Batch 14 Corn Tripel

The American Homebrewer's Association web site lists a recipe for a " Corn Tripel " (a Belgian style Tripel Ale brewed with corn as part of the grist).  I decided to brew that beer today, tweaked a little for my system and preferences. Ingredients 8.25 pounds Belgian Pilsen malt 1.25 pounds Flaked Corn (Maize) 10 ounces Clear Candi Sugar Rocks 0.25 ounces Hallertau Magnum hops 11.6%AA (FWH) 0.50 ounces Styrian Goldings hops 1.3% AA (30 min.) 0.50 ounces Hallertau Mittelfruh hops 3.8% AA (15 min.) 0.50 tsp. Irish Moss (15 min.) 0.50 tsp. Yeast Nutrient (15 min.) 0.125 tsp. Brewtan B (mash) 0.25 tsp. Brewtan B (boil, 20 min.) 1 package Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity 5 gallons RO water, treated with: 1 gram Calcium Chloride 1 gram Table Salt 0.5 grams Epsom Salt 3 grams Gypsum 1 gram Magnesium Chloride 1 ml. Lactic Acid 88% solution Use 3.75 gallons for mash, 1.25 gallons for sparge Note: If I was brewing this again, I'd do 3.75 gallons mash, 1.75 sparge, for 5.5 tot

2021 Batch 13 - Belgian Dark Strong

If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you're probably aware that I'm really fond of Belgian ales, especially the Belgian Dark Strong Ale.  A few weeks back, I purchased a large container of Briess Sparkling Amber liquid malt extract (LME) at a discount.  I wondered if this extract could be used to produce a reasonable Belgian Dark Strong Ale with a relatively short brew day.  This batch is my attempt to prove or disprove that theory. Ingredients 6 pounds of Breiss CBW Sparkling Amber LME 16 ounces Crystal 80L malt 2 ounces Special B malt 12 ounces Brun Fonce candi sugar 0.5 ounces Hallertau Magnum @ 11.6%AA (FWH) 1.0 ounces Hallertau Mittelfruh @ 3.8% AA (5 min.) 1.0 ounces Czech Saaz @ 3.8% AA (5 min.) 1/2 tsp. Brewtan B (boil) 3/4 tsp. Irish Moss 1/2 tsp. Yeast Nutrients Dublin Ohio tap water According to Brewfather, the beer will have the following qualities: Batch Size:   3.0 gallons Original Gravity:   1.095 SG estimated (1.095 SG actual) Final Gravity:

2021 Batch 12 - Barleywine

As happens periodically in the home brewery, I find a lot of grain that needs to be turned into beer quickly before it gets stale.  That usually results in some crazy high-gravity beer experiment, like today's American Barleywine batch. I decided to really bump close to the limits of Lallemand CBC-1 (Cask and Bottle Conditioning) dry yeast for this batch, by aiming for a wort that would ferment out to something around 16% ABV.  It's fairly common to make a beer like this using only base malt, but I wanted a little more complexity to mine, so I'm using a small amount of Special B and English Medium Crystal. Ingredients 4 pounds Briess 2-row Brewer's Malt 12.75 pounds Maris Otter Malt 1 pound German Pilsner Malt 3 pounds Belgian Pale Ale Malt 8 ounces Special B Malt 8 ounces Medium Crystal Malt 16 ounces Demerara Sugar 1/2 tsp. Irish Moss 1/4 tsp. Brewtan B in the mash 1/2 tsp. Brewtan B in the boil (20 min) 1 tsp. Yeast Nutrient 1 ounce Bravo hops (60 min.) 1 ounce Cente

2021 Batch 11 - Digital Haze IPA (kit)

In a previous post I shared  the recipe for the Digital Haze IPA kit  that was offered to attendees of HomeBrewCon 2021.  Today, I decided to brew the kit.  It was at that point that I realized the 8 ounce package of Carapils was missing from my kit. I decided to swap in some Pilsner malt I had that I wanted to use up - so what you see below is slightly different from the actual kit from Brewer's Best. Refer to the link above it you want the exact kit recipe. Ingredients 4 pounds Pilsen DME 1 pound Corn Sugar 8 ounces White Wheat Malt 8 ounces Flaked Oats 1.5 pounds German Pilsner Malt (8 oz. to replace Carapils, plus 16 "just because") 1 package Lallemand Voss Kveik yeast 1/4 tsp. Brewtan B (boil, 10 min.) - added to reduce oxidation 5.5 gallons of RO water, treated with: 1g Baking Soda 6.5g Calcium Chloride 3.3g Epsom Salt 1.5g Gypsum 2g Magnesium Chloride 1 Tbsp. pH 5.2 Stabilizer (optional, to hold pH at 5.2) Brewfather estimates the beer to have the following chara

Recipe: Digital Haze IPA 2021 Kit from Brewer's Best and Yakima Chief Hops

This was a limited edition kit announced during the Soluble Hop Compounds Tech Talk from Yakima Chief and Brewers Best at HomeBrewCon 2021.  Since you might not have a chance to pick up the kit, or you might at least be wondering what's in it, I'm reproducing the recipe below for reference.  I just received my kit today (and haven't brewed it yet, more on that later). The kit came with a bottle opener, some literature from Yakima Chief and Brewer's Best, a set of adhesive labels for the bottles, bottle caps, and priming sugar for bottling.  Unfortunately, mine seemed to be missing the 8 ounces of Carapils. Ingredients 4 pounds Pilsen DME 1 pound Corn Sugar 8 ounces Wheat (malted wheat, not flaked) 8 ounces Carapils 8 ounces Flaked Oats 3 one-ounce packages of Cryo Pop(tm) Hops 1 package of Lallemand Voss Kveik Yeast Beer characteristics from the sheet: IBUs:   16-19 ABV:   4.8% to 5.4% OG: 1.046 - 1.049 SG FG:   1.008-1.011 SG Color: Hazy Pale Straw Batch Size: 5 gal