Monday, March 16, 2015

BrewPi


I have now had fun creating a BrewPi for lagering.  Previously, there was an STC-1000 which has worked well.  The Lagering Freezer became the guinnee pig in order to test the unit before using the BrewPi on a new brew.  The project begins with the instructions from "HOWTO - Make a BrewPi Fermentation Controller For Cheap".
ComponentDetailsCost
Raspberry Pi$35.00
Eaton 12-Circuit 6-Space 125-Amp Main Lug Load Center$20.57
Arduino Uno R3$18.00
SainSmart 2 Channel Relay Board$10.00
Heater$17.97
Power socket 120V/15A$3.00
DS18B20 Sensors  (Room, Chamber, Beer)$3.00
8 Position European Barrier Terminal Strip (120V)$3.00
8 Position European Barrier Terminal Strip (Low Voltage)$3.00
Inland Type A to Type B USB Cable
              (Connection from Pi to Ardiuno)
$2.99
Inland Micro USB Cable (Power Raspberry)$2.99
Electrical Box$0.52
Power SupplySalvaged from TIVO Unit
$120.00
Total


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scottch Ale Homebrew Competition Results

So I entered my second homebrew competition with a Scotch Ale 9E.  Below are the scores for the beer at the WortHog competition.

JudgeAppearance
(15%)
(0-3 points)
Aroma
(20%)
(0-4 points)
Taste
(50%)
(0-10 points)
Overall Impression
(15%)
(1-3 points)
TotalNotes
Tim
2
2.5
5
1.5
11
A sit "party" I know people who would compare to tea very herbal
Matt
3
2.5
5
1
11.5
very light bodied and very dry/astringent finish
Mel
2
1
7
2
12
Not much aroma, Flavors are somewhat muted - not really as malty and big as expected from this style.  There is a nice subtle and toasty flavor at the end
Jason B
3
2.5
4.5
2
12
A little dry and light tasting for a 9E.  Looks great, smells pretty good.  I was expecting much more malt/carmelization flavor.  Don't get any alcohol.  Doesn't taste as strong as I expect for a wee heavy
Rob B
2
3
6
2
13

Chad
2
3
7
2
14
plenty of carbonation
very dark, clear
Earthy nose and some hop grassiness
Maybe too much hop character
very sharp taste at the end
Good round mouthfeel
Wendell
3
3
6
2
14
Pretty
I'm looking for more maltiness, rec?? & feel
Brent
3
2
7
2
14
Nice color and head, not getting much aroma
Flavor has a nice roast (mild)
Earthy but not malty enough for style
Jason F
2
2
8
2
14
Almost an apple aroma.  This kind of smells like a cider.  Sharp taste not very carmel.  Very interesting flavor
Dave D
3
3
7
2
15
A bit dry
Light for the style - drinkable
Not right on style, but well made
Henry
3
3
6
3
15
Malty, a bit on the sweet side
Jym F
3
3
5
2
15
Too bitter.  Almost like blue cheese.  Bit odd
Jason
2.5
3
7.5
2
15

Mark
3
3
8
2
16
Good color, something off flavor-now gone
Good head.  No smoky-ok, last sip was best
Stuart
3
3
8
2
16
Nice
David T
3
3
8
2
16
Malty some caramel
Full body - malt with some caramel flavor
Somewhat sweet finish
Erin
4
3
8
2
17
Very nice beer.  Great appearance.
Gary
3
4
8
2
17
Roberty
3
3
8
3
17
Love the earthy smokey flavor. nice color
Chris
3
3
9
3
18
Average
2.8
2.8
6.9
2.1
14.6
Rated as a good beer. 
Definitively room for improvement

Sunday, March 1, 2015

#126 Pliny the Elder from Austin Homebrew

Pliny the Elder Clone - from Austin HomebrewDouble IPA  
Batch Size : 5.25 gal     
118.8 IBUs Estimated.
OG: 1.072 SG     FG: 1.013 SG
Mini Mash (20 mins)

Good beer.  In a side by side comparison, this was not a dead on example of Pliny.  This was a good beer, just not a match to Pliny.



Steep
2 lbs 4.0 oz Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM)
10.0 oz Caramel Malt - 40L (Briess) (40.0 SRM)
10.0 oz Carapils 6-Row (Briess) (1.3 SRM)
Extract
7 lbs Extra Light Extract (1.9 SRM)
90 min
3.00 oz Magnum [12.00 %]9.7 IBUs
45 min
0.75 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] 12.1 IBUs
30 min
1.00 oz Apollo [17.00 %] 27.0 IBUs
15 min
1 lbs Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)
Flameout
2.00 oz Chinook [13.00 %] 0.0 IBUs
1.25 oz Centennial [10.00 %] 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Apollo [17.00 %] 0.0 IBUs
Dry Hop 7 Days
1.75 oz Centennial [10.00 %]  0.0 IBUs
1.75 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %]0.0 IBUs
1.50 oz Apollo [17.00 %] 0.0 IBUs
Yeast
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]

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