Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Experimenting.. a bit

I Last Thursday, I started another baby brew.. I thought I'd experiment with the ingredients a little and ad an adjunct to the wort.. in this case, Dried licorice root.

The recipe as follows....

Mash for 1 hour @ 152 degrees....
5 pounds Maris (UK... was gonna just use 2-row but my supplier/pusher was out)
1 pound Cara Pils
.5 pound Chocolate malt
.5 pound CaraAroma (German.. crystal malt)

Start the boil for 1 hours and...
@60 min. 1 oz Fuggle hops
@30 min. half oz Cascade hops
@15 min. .5 oz Dried licorice root
@5 min. .5 oz Cascade hops and .5 oz Dried licorice root

After chilling and sticking it into the fermenter, I put it to bed with dry ale yeast.

My OG was 1.041 (about 6% sugar)  ....I gotta improve on the efficiency in my system, I need to hit at least 1.050..

It bubbled away happily for a few days and then stopped. I added wheat beer yeast to kick it in again and that got it going for another day or so.

This evening, I moved it to the secondary fermenter.. The gravity now sits at 1.014. So.. I am now sitting at 4% alcohol. ..could be better, will be after a couple weeks in the secondary.

This batch, after bottle conditioning, will prolly be ready to go by Turkey day..

Sunday, October 2, 2011

So I was reading a magazine

I was reading BYO and the latest issue has an article that talks about several old school beers from days gone by and recipes to brew clones of those beers. For the most part, those companies do not exist. Their brands are owned by the big brewers.

Their names live on but they are no longer brewed by the same companies or where they originated. The entire thing is really kind of sad. Take this Wikipedia entry for Hamm's Brewery, for instance. Now they're just a fleeting memory, owned by foreign interests. All that history is ..for lack of a better word, History. If you see a can of Hamms now, it has little connection to the original.. aside from perhaps a warm memory and just maybe they got the recipe right.

At my age, I never had a can of any of the original brew, They were long gone by the time I reached 21 but I do remember the commercials.  They were pretty memorable, with the cartoon bear. If I recall correctly, they used to run the commercials pretty heavily towards the end of Summer/Fall... Ahhh...nostalgia. I may try the clone brew recipe BYO published..

The following one requires you to turn up your volume:

...And one featuring a live bear..