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Rhubarb Wine

July 9th, 2010 by Nate


Since I’ve been trying a few different wine recipes lately, I decided to do a rhubarb wine using some of the rhubarb that grows under our apple tree. I’ve been reading a bit about making wine with juice instead of whole fruit, and I decided to try juicing the rhubarb with a steam juicer and adding that juice to the must instead of whole rhubarb. We probably had enough for a 5 gallon batch, but I just wanted to make a couple gallons like I’ve done with the raspberry and salmonberry wine. Here is a recipe for rhubarb wine, 2 gallon batch.

Rhubarb Wine

2 Gallon
OG: 1.090 FG: 0.993 %ABV: 12.7 TA: 0.7%
Fermentables
6 lb Fresh Rhubarb
5.5 lb Sugar
Yeast
1 package Cote des Blancs Wine Yeast
Additives
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient
2 Campden Tablets

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Dead Clone Ale

June 30th, 2010 by Nate


Made another batch of beer today, making this my third brew in as many days. Decided to do a lighter beer, but something with some kick to it. I recall having Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and it being a good beer, and reading reviews of the beer made me want to attempt a clone. Here is the recipe I will be using to brew a 5.5 gallon batch of my Dead Clone Ale, a nice Helles Bock style beer. It should have a nice malty character with some hops to balance but not to overpower the malt.

Dead Clone Ale

OG: 1.061 FG: 1.012 %ABV: 6.7 IBU: 36.6 SRM: 15.3
Grains
13 oz Munich
13 oz Cara-Munich
8 oz Crystal 40L
Extract
8 Lb Light Malt Extract
Hops
1 oz Perle (7.5% AA)
1 oz Saaz (5.9% AA)
Yeast
1 package Wyeast Pacman
Additives
1 tsp Brewing Salts
1 tsp Irish Moss
3/4 cup Priming Sugar

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Salmonberry Wine

June 29th, 2010 by Nate


My mom found a spot with lots of salmonberries along the Soos Creek Trail so I headed out there and did some picking. After 4 hours I came away with 6.5 pounds of fresh salmonberries, quite a haul. I decided that after making the raspberry wine yesterday, salmonberries would be just as easy and would have a slightly different flavor. I looked for a salmonberry wine recipe but did not find one, so I modified my raspberry wine recipe and had some input from the people at my LHBS, Larry’s Brewing Supply. Here is the final recipe (again, making a 2 gallon batch):

Salmonberry Wine

2 Gallon
OG: 1.085 FG: 0.993 %ABV: 12.7 TA: 0.7%
Fermentables
6.5 lb Fresh Salmonberries
3 lb Sugar
Yeast
1 package Montrachet Wine Yeast
Additives
1.5 tsp Pectic Enzyme
2 tsp Yeast Nutrient
3 Campden Tablets

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Razzle Dazzle Raspberry Wine

June 28th, 2010 by Nate


With more raspberries than I can ever remember having at one time, I decided to make up a batch of raspberry wine before letting all the berries go to waste. After an hour of picking I ended up with six pounds of fresh raspberries from our garden. I looked up a few recipes for a good raspberry wine and here is the recipe I decided to go with, making what I think should turn out to be a two-gallon batch:

Razzle Dazzle Raspberry Wine

2 Gallon
OG: 1.090 FG: 0.991 %ABV: 13.7 TA: 1.0%
Fermentables
6 lb Fresh Raspberries
5 lb Sugar
Yeast
1 package Cote des Blancs Wine Yeast
Additives
1 tsp Acid Blend
1 tsp Pectic Enzyme
2 tsp Yeast Nutrient
3 Campden Tablets

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Black Beaut Porter

June 11th, 2010 by Nate


Wanted to make a good porter, so we came up with a recipe for a Black Butte Porter clone, which we will call the Black Beaut. This beer should be a nice dark beer with some roasted malt characteristics and a smooth mouthfeel.

Black Beaut Porter

OG: 1.051 FG: 1.014 %ABV: 5.0 IBU: 45.8 SRM: 33.7
Grains
6 oz Black Patent
6 oz Chocolate
8 oz Crystal 10L
8 oz Honey Malt
8 oz Cara-pils
4 oz Roasted Barley
Extract
7 Lb Light Malt Extract
Hops
1 oz Cascade (6.3% AA)
1 oz Tettnanger (4.9% AA)
1 oz Perle (7.5% AA)
Yeast
1 package Wyeast 1338 European Ale
Additives
1 tsp Irish Moss
3/4 cup Priming Sugar

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Sierra Cascade II

May 13th, 2010 by Nate


Today we brewed a variation of our last Sierra Cascade Ale recipe. We added some more grains to this batch, had a slightly different malt extract, and used some new kinds of hops. We decided to keep the Cascade hops for dry hopping and aroma, but we used some Northern Brewer for a more distinctive flavor and Amarillo for bittering.

Sierra Cascade II

OG: 1.042 FG: 1.006 %ABV: 5.0 IBU: 45.5 SRM: 11.2
Grains
1 Lb Crystal 40L
1 Lb Victory
Extract
6 Lb Pilsner Extract
Hops
2 oz Cascade (6.9% AA)
1 oz Amarillo (9.4% AA)
1 oz Northern Brewer (8.0% AA)
Yeast
1 package Wyeast 1272 American Ale II
Additives
1 Tbsp Irish Moss
3/4 cup Priming Sugar

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Sierra Cascade Ale Review

May 4th, 2010 by Nate


The Sierra Cascade Ale only took three weeks to brew, and after a few weeks in the bottle they are tasting very good. This bottle was a 16 oz and had a little less carbonation than some of the others during the pour, but was nicely carbonated while drinking.

Sierra Cascade Ale 2

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Hose Water Kölsch Review

March 28th, 2010 by Nate


After a lagering process of about 7 weeks, the Hose Water Kölsch has been bottled and is drinkable. Initially this beer had no carbonation after bottling. I tried one about a week after I bottled, and there was no head and no bubbles in the beer, felt like a beer that had been sitting out for a day and gone totally flat. I was afraid that the yeast might have died for some reason, which would also account for a higher than expected final gravity. It has been a few more weeks since trying those first bottles, and now I am pleased to say the beer has begun to carbonate a bit.

Hose Water Kolsch Poured

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Sierra Cascade Ale

March 24th, 2010 by Nate


Jeff and I made up another batch of brew today. We decided to do something similar to what we have been drinking and enjoying lately, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I found this recipe for an American Pale Ale, specifically a Sierra clone, and made a couple alterations due to the availability of supplies. This should be a quicker beer, about three weeks out to the drinking stage, so it will be a nice change from the last lager style beer we did.

Grains
1 Lb Crystal 40L
Extract
6.5 Lb Pale Malt Extract
Hops
3 oz Cascade (7.1% AA)
1 oz Perle (7.5% AA)
Yeast
1 package Wyeast 1056 American Ale
Other
1 tsp Brewing Salts
1/2 cup Priming Sugar

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Hose Water Kölsch

December 31st, 2009 by Nate


Brian was back in town for the holidays, and we needed something to do, so we decided to brew another batch of beer. We chose to make another Kolsch style beer as the last one we made (Gun Closet Kölsch) turned out pretty well, and we wanted to do another lager process. We headed down to Larry’s Brewing Supply and picked up some ingredients.

Grains
0.5 Lb Victory
0.5 Lb Munich Light
0.5 Lb Carapils
Extract
5.5 Lb Light Malt Extract
0.5 Lb Wheat Malt Extract
Hops
1 oz Tettenang (5.5% AA)
1 oz Vanguard (5.4% AA)
Yeast
1 package Wyeast 1007 German Ale
Other
1 tsp Brewing Salts
3/4 cup Priming Sugar

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