Drill + Stir Paddle Whirlpool Update
Posted: 2013-01-27 3:41 PM
It would seem that this procedure did not damage the beer, and is a keeper! We had concerns about hot-side aeration, but figured we would risk a batch to try this because cooling can be such an arduous step.
Thanks Obama! Added, Kolsch on the way
Posted: 2013-01-01 11:54 AM
Stopped by Northern Brewer for a CO2 exchange, and couldnt help myself. Picked up another tap for the kegorator, as well as two of thier extract kits to see what they're all about. All Grain brewing is great and all, but it only takes a couple hours for extract brews, and done right they can rival that of thier more complex brethren.
Mulletbuster and Lost World Amber
Posted: 2012-08-21 11:14 AM
Saturday we finally started pushing some beer into kegs! This week we will bottle Lost World Amber and are also busy preparing for brewing a batch of Saison and possibly Snowboard Head!
Both beers were tasting just right coming out of the secondary, with good color and no noticeable off-flavors.
Meanwhile, Hoppy Bastard is bubbling away beautifully! That concludes the weekend's brewing and it's on to planning for the next batch. I made a starter for the Sasion on Sunday. The WYeast package was over three months old, so I got a big three liter starter spinning away for it. I also will be starting a multi-step starter to prepare for the great big 1.115 OG Snowboard Head.
Brewing Hoppy Bastard!
Posted: 2012-08-17 6:30 PM
It has been a couple weeks since the planned brewing of Hoppy Bastard, but today it's happening! We are out enjoying a cool Minnesota evening and making some beer!
The strike water is heating and we have our ingredients laid out. The grains were in the freezer up until a half hour ago, so getting the strike temp right will be an adventure!
The mash went very well! Despite the grains being very cold we managed to adjust the strike temperature correctly and hit our target of 155 F. Oh that smell when you open the mash tun after an hour! The fantastic sweet yeast food smell! Just a couple recirculations with the pitcher and on to the sparge.
While waiting for the mash to complete we engaged in some spontaneous engineering. Chilling the wort is still one of the most tedious steps at the end of the brew, and feels like it takes forever. Given that we have been reading repeatedly lately that hot-side aeration is more of a boogeyman than a real brewing concern, we looked for a way to whirlpool the wort mechanically, with what we had on hand.
The result was just sawing in half a plastic stir paddle and sticking it in a drill. We tested it on the sanitizer bucket, which the drill got spinning vigorously in no time.
The drill powered wort stirrer worked amazingly! We got the wort down to 69F in 5 minutes! As long as there are no side effects from agitating the wort so much during the chill, this method is a keeper!
Overall a great brew day!
Ingredient List Fixes, Hoppy Bastard Tomorrow
Posted: 2012-08-16 3:14 PM
- Late Additions from BeerTools Pro 1.0 files now show a boil time.
- Late Additions from BeerTools Pro 1.5 files no longer show a stage of "Unknown".
- Yeast ingredients now show supplier and strain number.
- Ingredients are now sorted by type and boil time.
In other news the brewing of Hoppy Bastard has been delayed again. Tomorrow we should definitely get a chance to brew it though. My cooler with a yeast starter in it has been sitting around the office drawing attention today, and so it shall again tomorrow.
Website Improvements, Starters, and Hoppy Bastard
Posted: 2012-08-14 4:41 PM
I pushed a fix today to improve tables which have rows that link to other pages (like the recipe list, formulations list, etc). Those links now function better and do not require two round trips to the server to navigate to the new page. With that I think I will be happy with the site for awhile and can spend some time brewing.
The new plan for Hoppy Bastard is to brew it on Thursday. I really want to begin making starters more often and think I will be stopping at Northern Brewer today to pick up a stir plate. I know there are cheaper ways to get or make one but I want to make a starter for Hoppy Bastard tonight. It will be good to get back in the habit again anyway, as we are planning to brew the Snowboard Head barleywine soon as well.
We are also still in the process of porting in data from the old brew log. I added a few new recipes today and there are still several more that I think are worth carrying over.
I got a stir plate and some yeast from Northern Brewer after work and have the Hoppy Bastard starter spinning away!
Photo Gallery Feature Added
Posted: 2012-08-13 1:07 AM
New Website and Hoppy Bastard
Posted: 2012-08-10 3:06 PM
This weekend we are hoping to brew The Hoppy Bastard, and have a couple of beers ready to keg. The weather is great for brewing in Minneapolis this weekend!
Hoppy Bastard 2012 Recipe