Monday, December 9, 2013

#29 AHS Belgian White Beer (16A) - Mini Mash

Woman Carrying beer with man holding umbrellaA malty, full-bodied, spicy amber beer that is similar in style to Paulaner Oktoberfest. This is an award winning recipe. 

BJCP Style 6B
ABV 3.94
OG 1.041
FG 1.011
Calories 116
SRM 40.6
8 oz White Wheat
8 oz Cara Pils Malt
Hops-Bittering .75 oz Perle
Hops-Flavor .25 oz Perle
Yeast WLP029 German Ale/Kolsh
Aroma: Light to moderate sweet malty aroma. Low to moderate fruitiness is optional, but acceptable. May have a low to medium hop aroma,.

Appearance: Light yellow to deep gold in color. Clear to brilliant. Low to medium white head with fair to good retention.

Flavor: Initial soft malty sweetness, but optionally some light character malt flavor (e.g., bread, toast, biscuit, wheat) can also be present. Caramel flavors typically absent. Low to medium esters optional, but are commonly found in many examples. Light to moderate hop flavor (any variety), but shouldn’t be overly aggressive. Low to medium bitterness, but the balance is normally towards the malt. Finishes medium-dry to somewhat sweet. No diacetyl.
Brewed June 2, 2012
Kegged July 8, 2012
Tapped August 24, 2012

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dry Yeast Substitution

I decided to create a list of liquid yeast substitutions.  One drawback of using of the of the dry yeast is that as a result of the drying process, some dried yeasts may not be suitable for harvesting and/or repitching. So dry yeast can be a good option to save you by having some extra around, but there could be limits on the amount of potential cost savings.

Sorry for the formatting on the blog.

Dry Yeast

White Labs

White Labs Name


Wyeast Name










Belgian Wit II



Moortgat Brouwerij (via Ommegang?)

Lager Yeast


German Ale II


Kölsch II

Weihenstephan W165







Coopers Ale


Australian Ale




Pure Brewers' Yeast












SafAle BE-134




SafAle K-97


German Ale/Kölsch 

2565 Kölsch Yeast Weihenstephan 165, Köln (Päffgen)

SafAle F-2




SafAle BE-256




Safale S-04


Dry English Ale


British ale

Whitbred - dry

Safale S-33


Bedford Ale



Charles Wells

Safale US-05


California Ale


American ale

Sierra Nevada (Seibel 96)

Safbrew T-58


Belgian Saison


Belgian Saison

Brasserie Dupont (Saison Dupont)

Safbrew WB-06


Hefeweizen IV Ale


German Wheat

Weihenstephan 66?

Saflager 34/70


German Lager


Bohemian lager

Weihenstephan 34/70

Saflager S189


Zurich Lager




Saflager S-23


German Ale II


Kölsch II

Weihenstephan W165







Belle Saison


Saison Ale


Belgian Saison

Saison du Pont

BRY-97 American West Coast


California Ale


American ale

Sierra Nevada (Seibel 96)

CBC-1 Cask And Bottle Conditioned Beer




British Cask Ale

Oranjeboom? (Dutch)

Diamond Lager






Munich Wheat Beer


Bavarian Weizen


Bavarian Wheat

Weihenstephan 175



Nottingham Ale



UK, chosen from multistrain



London Ale


London Ale

Worthington White Shield

Mangrove Jack






MHS Hard Seltzer Yeast & Nutrient 






M02 Cider Yeast




M03 Newcastle Dark Ale Yeast 


M05 Mead


Workhorse Beer Yeast


M07 British Ale Yeast 

 WLP007  Dry English Ale      

M10 orkhorse Beer Yeast 

WLP001 California Ale 1056 American ale Sierra Nevada (Seibel 96)

M12 Kveik


M15 Empire Ale


M20 Bavarian Wheat Yeast 

 White Labs 380, White Labs 3333??        

M21 Belgian Wit


M27 Belgian Ale Yeast


M29 French Saison


M31 Belgian Tripel


M36 Liberty Bell Ale


M41 Belgian Ale


M42 New World Strong Ale


M44 US West Coast Yeast 


M47 Belgian Abbey


M54 Californian Lager


M66 Hophead Ale


M76 Bavarian Lager


M79 Burton Union Yeast


M84 Bohemian Lager Yeast 

WLP830 German Lager 2124 Bohemian lager  







Premium Gold




English Ale


London ESB


Real Brewers Yeast






The One



HomeBrew Academy
Yeast Comparison Chart

Mangrove Jack Yeast Equivalents
Lallemand Yeast Equivalents
Fermentis Yeast Equivalents
Dry yeast substitute

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Northern Brewer and Peace Coffee Stout.  Missed the grinding of the coffee until it was almost too late.

Peace Coffee 100% Fair Trade
SPECIALTY GRAIN (20 min mash)
0.5 lbs English Dark Crystal 
0.5 lbs Chocolate Malt 
0.5 lbs Black Malt 

- 6 lbs NB Gold malt syrup 
- 2 lb Briess Gold DME 

1 oz US Fuggle (60 min) 
1 oz UK Fuggle (60 min) 
4 oz Peace Coffee 2nd Crack Blend (grind coarsely and add to kettle at flameout) 

Safale S-04

This has a great smell after kegging.  Now we waiting until after the Christmas party to try this one.

#78 Rebel Rye Porter

Northern Brewer's Rebel Rye was provided as a free kit during one of their specials.
Bulleit Rye for Rebel Rye Porter

SPECIALTY GRAIN (20 min steep)
0.75 lbs English Medium Crystal 
0.5 lbs English Black Malt 

2 lbs Amber dried malt extract 
6 lbs Rye malt extract syrup 

1 oz Nugget (60 min) 
1 oz US Fuggle (30 min) 
1.5 oz Cascade (5 min) 

2 oz US Medium Plus Oak Cubes (add to secondary) 
16 oz rye whiskey (not included) (add to secondary) 

Safale S-04

Suggestions have been for bulleit rye.

I lost a lot of beer on this one during fermentation.  The carboy was not big enough to handle the strong fermentation.  There is now 3 gallons remaining for the brew.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

#33/71/77 NB Smashing Pumpkin Ale (#33/71/77/107)

Pumpkin Eating a legSo, I made two different batches this year.  I will follow with an update as to the difference in the two recipes in the future.

0.5 lb Briess Caramel 40 
3.15 lbs Amber malt syrup (60 min) 
1.0 lb Pilsen dried malt extract (60 min) 
3.15 lbs Amber malt syrup late addition (15 min) 
1 oz Cluster (60 min) 
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (0 min) 
Safale US-05 Ale Yeast.
The FG was expected to be 1.012

Pumpkin Puking
0.5 lb Briess Caramel 40
25 oz  Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
2.5 lb Butternut squash - sliced and baked for 40 minutes
3.15 lbs Amber malt syrup (60 min) 
1.0 lb Pilsen dried malt extract (60 min) 
3.15 lbs Amber malt syrup late addition (15 min) 
1 oz Cluster (60 min) 
1 tsp McCormicks Pumpkin Pie Spice (2 min)
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (0 min) 
Safale US-05 Ale Yeast

I changed how I prepared the butternut squash.  This time I created slices and then stacked them with space similar to a Lincoln log house.  During the previous effort the pumpkin stuck to the pan.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

#36/75 AHS Christmas ALE

Austin Holiday Ale -
Santa Drinking a Brew
It’s an amber ale using seasonal spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and mace.  It’s an amber ale using seasonal spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. 

Specialty malts: Crystal 40L, white wheat, chocolate malt
1.5 lb Base Grains
1.75 lb Specialty Grains
4 lb DME Featured
Hops: Saaz, Cluster
Seasonal spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and mace

O.G. = 1.052
F.G. = 1.014
ABV 5.0%
174 Cal / 12 oz

Thursday, October 10, 2013

#74 Canadian Ale

Canadian Bottled Beers
This one is not designed to any particular Canadian beer, but based on the AHS Canadian that I made last year.

4 lbs
3.3 lbs
.75 oz
.25 oz
Safale US-04$3.99

Sunday, August 18, 2013

#73 Dogfish Pumpkin Ale (73/106)

My attempt to at Pumpkin.  Modified from the BeerSmith recipe Punkn Beer with the goal of something similar to DogFish Punkin. blade mace and vanilla bean in as well.

Pumpkin Chunkin from the Discovery Channel
13 oz2 Row
60 ozPumpkin (Libby's) Large Can
1 lbCaramel/Crystal Malt - 60L
1 lbSpecial Roast
Boil (60 min)
6 lbGolden Light DME
1 lbBrown Sugar
4 ozMaltose
7.2 ozLactose
1 ozHallertauer (45 min)
1 ozHallertauer (5 min)
1 1/2 TBSPumpkin Pie Spice
American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)

#106 (2014) Update - This was better
Steep  (60 min) 162F
13 oz2 Row
2 lbs350F 2 hour baked Butternut Squash
29 ozPumpkin (Libby's) Large Can
1 lbCaramel/Crystal Malt - 60L
1 lbSpecial Roast
Boil (60 min)
6 lbGolden Light DME
3/4 lbBrown Sugar
4 ozMaltose
7.6 ozLactose
1 ozHallertauer (45 min)
1 ozHallertauer (5 min)
2 TBSPumpkin Pie Spice
American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)

#72 AHS Pumpkin Ale Mini Mash

An amber ale with butternut squash and pumpkin spices.

Puking Pumpkin
AHS Pumpkin Ale

O.G. = 1.052 (should have measured)

F.G. = 1.013 (actual 1.020)
5.1% ABV 
173 Cal / 12 oz 

2.5 lb Base Grains, 
1 lb Specialty Grains (Crystal 60L, Caramunich)
4 lb Dry Malt Extract

4 lbs of butternut squash (cubed, baked @ 350 for 1 hour)

Kent Golding (hops)

pumpkin ale spice pack ( cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and sweet orange peel)

McCormick pumpkin pie spice might be a good addition this year.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

#70 Dragon Blood (Triple Berry Skeeter Pee)

I made my next batch of Skeeter Pee but this time the taste was non-existent.  I let this one sit in secondary for much longer and tasted it before adding the sugar at the end.  I also had a problem with the FG at 1.020. So I decided to create something similar to Dragon Blood as written up by DangerDave.

ABV: 10.4%

Amt                   Name                                           
16.0 cup              Washington, DC
7 lbs                 Sugar, Table (16 cups)
                      DB (20 cups)
0.33 cup              Lemon Juice
Primary (Stir Ingredients)
64.00 oz              ReaLemon
0.75 tsp              Tannin
                      DB (1 tsp)
1.00 tsp              Yeast Energizer
                      DB (2 tsp)
3.00 tsp              Yeast Nutrient
                      DB (4 tsp)
Primary (~2 days)
1.00                  Yeast Slurry
Primary (~4 days - 1.050 SG)  (vigorously mix)
32.00 oz              ReaLemon
3.00 tsp              Yeast Nutrient
1.00 tsp              Yeast Energizer
Secondary (0.995-0.998 SG) (degas)(This never happend.)

Change to the plan.
10 days
6 lbs                 Kirkland - Rader Farms Frozen Berries 

2.50 tsp              Potassium sorbate (sorbate)
0.50 tsp              Potassium metabisulfite (Kmeta)
2.30 lb               Sugar, Table (Sucrose)6 cups of sugar

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2 Tap Kegerator - What will it cost?

This topic seems to come up a lot from my buddies in the neighborhood.  This is a good topic not to have with the wife.  Make sure to keep beers on tap that her and her friends like and she may ignore the cost.  Making beer is a hobby and not a cost saver.

I chose to use the bar style although my two brewing buddies both went with fridge styles.  I have made 2 fridge styles, 3 keezers (freezer as a kegerator) with collars, and now 2 cabinet/coffin keezers.  I like the look of the bar style keezer, but it does come with significant about of work and expense.  My 10 tapper that I am building will probably run me $1000 before I add the beer parts.  Fortunately, I have all of the beer parts that I am just moving over from previous kegerators.  In the process, I hope to recover $650+ from previous kegerators.  This leaves me with an upgrade that should keep me at about $350 additional cost for a way cooler kegerator.

Below is a good estimate of what you should expect to spend.  This should give you some baselines for evaluating the offers on craigslist.  The pre-assembled kegerators from refrigerators are typically pretty beat up and can only be scrapped for parts.  My buddies have purchased a number of beat up kegerators online to get some of the useful parts and then trashed the remaining items.  Most people bought cheap stuff and then didn’t maintain it.  The tanks are typically out of inspection and worthless, the beer line was never cleaned, the refrigerator doesn’t work, and who knows what else. 

Also, make sure that you know where you are going to put the kegerator.  The small fridge style units like the mini fridges struggle with temperature control, they cannot be put in a hot location.  They can also struggle indoors as they get older.

The lower estimate uses a number of cheaper parts with the second set of columns give an option for where prices can range for better parts.  Each of these are beginning prices.  If you go to a local homebrew store, you will pay a premium for each of the parts.  If you shop online, you will get hit with shipping.  Since some of these start to really increase the weight almost no one will give free shipping.

Start with a basic unit of one of the following and then add the parts from the table below.  The choice of drip trays changes depending on which style you use.
Item                                                                      Initial Cost                          Final Cost           
Converted Fridge                                             $ 200                                      $700-$900
Freezer with Collar                                          $ 200                                      $700-$900
Freezer with Cabinet and Coffin                $ 450-1100                           $850-$1,700

(Low End)
Total Low
(High End)
Total High
$     9.84
 $       1.00
 $   12.00
Gas Hose 5/16 Red Bevlex ($0.82 /ft)
$   14.00
 $       1.00
 $   20.00
Beer Hose ($0.70 /ft)
$   34.00
 $     22.00
 $   44.00
Shank 3 1/8” (each)
$   30.00
 $     45.00
 $   90.00
Perlick $45 or $15.00  for cheaper faucet
$     3.00
 $       1.75
 $     3.50
Beer Nut
$     3.00
 $       2.50
 $     5.00
Tail Piece to connect shank to Beer Line
$     0.38
 $       0.32
 $     0.64
Beer Shank Washer
$   12.00
 $       6.00
 $   12.00
Barb Gas Ball Lock
$   12.00
 $       6.00
 $   12.00
Barb Liquid Ball Lock
 $   70.00
 $  120.00
 $ 120.00
Regulator (2 Guage w/Y splitter or 3 guage)
 $   70.00
 $  160.00
 $ 160.00
CO2 Tank ($50-$170)
 $   70.00
 $     90.00
 $   90.00
Temp Controller (Ranco or Johnson)
 $   26.00
 $     32.00
 $   32.00
CO2 Tank Refill for first batch
 $     5.00
 $       6.00
 $     6.00
Faucet Wrench
 $     8.00
 $       0.40
 $     0.40
 $     5.00
 $       3.00
 $     6.00
Tap Handles Economy
$      372.22
 $      613.54

Save with a kegerator

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

National Homebrew Conference

The National Homebrew Conference was great.  The conference and lodging were both at the the Marriott. Each morning there were 30 beers on tap with a rotation of beers happening every hour to hour and a half.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Across the street from the hotel is the Reading Terminal Market where we recovered with a good meal.  If you are in the area you need to stop by Tommy DiNic’s for the roast pork with sharp provolone, broccoli rabe, and hot peppers. We also needed to get a CheeseSteak while in the city, so we took a walk to Campo’s Deli.

We visited two great beer restaurants where we were able to sample beers from an unbelievable menu.  In particular, we were able to try the Russian River beers.

216 S. 11th Street

Monk's Café
264 S. 16th

Some of the conference seminars that I attended included the following:

  • Waste Not, Want Not: Sustainable and Frugal Homebrewing Dan Schreffler
  • Stepping Up Your Sensory Game: How to Be a Better Taster Kara Taylor
  • Step Up Your Starters: Insight into Yeast Propagation for Homebrewers Kai Troester
  • Geeking Out in the Cellar Garry Pitman
  • Serving with Style Mike Lindel
  • A Simple Fermentation Monitoring and Control System Murthy Tata & Sachin Pannuri
The conference has two great nights of sampling beers.  The first night was the professional brewery night.  Below are Jeremy and Matt getting a beer from Sam Calagion of Dogfish Head Brewery.

On the second night, the homebrewers got a chance to show what they had made.  One of my favorites was the Tropical Wit by Ryan Miscik and Andrew Haraksin.

The following was offered as a potential beer mission, Beer Assignments.

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