Started brewing in 2014 with a Father's Day gift of a home brew kit. BIAB all grain brewer.
|7/23/2022||Backyard Best Bitter v2||Best Bitter||4.7 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|6/24/2022||Czech-ish Pilsner v2||Czech Premium Pale Lager||4.6 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|2/4/2022||Oredigger IPA||American IPA||6.9 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|12/16/2021||Backyard Czech-ish Pilsner||Czech Premium Pale Lager||4.9 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|12/14/2021||Oredigger Roggenbier||Roggenbier||4.9 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/10/2021||Scruffy Dog Porter v2||English Porter||4.7 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/25/2021||German Pilsner - Gus||German Pils||4.5 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|8/22/2021||Backyard Tradition Amber Ale||American Amber Ale||4.4 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|6/10/2021||Backyard German Pilsner||German Pils||4.3 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|4/27/2021||Zoeys Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||5.7 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|1/25/2021||Single Hop Pale - HBC-472||American Pale Ale||5.4 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|1/22/2021||Oredigger ESB||Strong Bitter||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|12/31/2020||Backyard Best Bitter||Best Bitter||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/8/2020||Rye Ale||Blonde Ale||5.7 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|8/22/2020||London Ale Decoction Amber||American Amber Ale||4.8 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|8/12/2020||Oredigger Coffee Blonde||Blonde Ale||5.4 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|6/22/2020||Judds Backyard Amber Ale||American Amber Ale||5.1 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|5/16/2020||Texas Toast 4||Irish Stout||4.3 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|3/4/2020||Easy to be Hard - Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||4.8 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|2/26/2020||Scooter IPA||American IPA||5.7 %||5.7 Gallon(s)|
|11/25/2019||Scruffy Dog Porter||English Porter||4.5 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/23/2019||Oredigger Altbier||Altbier||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|7/2/2019||Smokey Oak Amber Ale||American Amber Ale||5.4 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/30/2019||Use it up Ale||Unknown Style||3.2 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|4/18/2019||Solo Artist Ale - East Kent Goldings - All Grain version||Blonde Ale||4.7 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|3/22/2019||Texas Rye Toast 5 gallon||Irish Stout||5.1 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|1/25/2019||Texas Rye Toast 2 gallon||Irish Stout||4.6 %||2.25 Gallon(s)|
|1/16/2019||ExpAle||American Pale Ale||4.7 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|11/3/2018||Amarillo Amber Ale from Re-purposed Recipe||American Amber Ale||4.6 %||5.3 Gallon(s)|
|5/20/2018||Brown Ale - Palmer||British Brown Ale||4.5 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|5/16/2018||Solo Artist Ale - East Kent Goldings and DME||Best Bitter||4.4 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|4/2/2018||WTXPA||American Pale Ale||4.6 %||4 Gallon(s)|
|12/3/2017||Grätzer Mann||Piwo Grodziskie||4.6 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|11/21/2017||Golden Promise Ale with Medusa Hops||Ordinary Bitter||3.9 %||4.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/25/2017||Golden Promise Single Malt Ale with Medusa Hops||Ordinary Bitter||3.8 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/22/2017||Texas Toast v.3.1||Irish Stout||4.0 %||4.25 Gallon(s)|
|6/15/2017||Leftovers Ale - 2||American Pale Ale||3.7 %||4.5 Gallon(s)|
|1/31/2017||BBB-IPA||Unknown Style||6.9 %||3.25 Gallon(s)|
|1/1/2017||Leftovers Ale||Strong Bitter||5.1 %||3 Gallon(s)|
|12/17/2016||Pale Grits||Cream Ale||3.9 %||4 Gallon(s)|
|12/5/2016||Texas Toast v.3||Irish Stout||4.6 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/12/2016||Chinook IPA||American IPA||6.0 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|11/12/2016||K Citra Session IPA||American IPA||5.8 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|11/12/2016||Dead R IPA||American IPA||6.3 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/29/2016||ALT-er Ego 5 gallon||Altbier||4.6 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/18/2016||Anytime Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||5.0 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|8/20/2016||ALT-er Ego||Altbier||4.3 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|6/29/2016||Otter Ale||American Amber Ale||5.0 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|4/22/2016||Texas Toast v.2||Irish Stout||4.5 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|2/6/2016||Pied-billed Pale||American IPA||6.2 %||5.33 Gallon(s)|
|2/1/2016||Arch-Rye-val Pale Ale v.2||American Pale Ale||5.1 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|1/29/2016||Port-o-storm v.2||American Porter||5.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|1/19/2016||Brown Thrasher Ale||American Brown Ale||5.7 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|1/14/2016||X-Brew MASH Hop 2||American Pale Ale||4.7 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|12/28/2015||Toasty IPA||American IPA||6.6 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/23/2015||Golden Prairie IPA v.2||American IPA||6.0 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|10/22/2015||Texas Toast||Irish Stout||4.3 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|10/12/2015||It Would Pale....Ale||American Pale Ale||5.4 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|10/8/2015||Altbier||Altbier||5.2 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|9/28/2015||Buttermilk Racer Cream Ale v.2||Cream Ale||4.7 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/20/2015||MASH Hopping Simcoe||American Pale Ale||5.2 %||3.75 Gallon(s)|
|8/14/2015||Self Porter||English Porter||5.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|7/14/2015||Texas Copperhead Amber Ale v.2||American Amber Ale||5.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|6/2/2015||Wheat n Rye Ale||Unknown Style||2.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/31/2015||Raspberry Wheat||American Wheat Beer||4.9 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/31/2015||Arch-Rye-val Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||4.5 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|5/28/2015||Brown Pelican Brown Ale||British Brown Ale||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/11/2015||Buttermilk Racer Cream Ale||Cream Ale||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|4/20/2015||IPA Hop Trial - Cluster||American IPA||6.4 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|3/10/2015||X-Brew MASH Hopping Test||American Pale Ale||5.2 %||3.75 Gallon(s)|
|2/20/2015||Golden Prairie IPA||American IPA||6.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|2/13/2015||Oktober-ish||Märzen||5.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|1/17/2015||Mini-mash of Port-o-storm||American Porter||5.6 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|12/20/2014||Be-Irish Red||Irish Red Ale||5.1 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/27/2014||Brown Thrasher Coffee Stout||American Stout||5.9 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|11/27/2014||Simcoe SMASH||American Pale Ale||4.3 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|11/24/2014||Golden-throated IPA - All Grain BIAB||English IPA||5.9 %||5.25 Gallon(s)|
|11/23/2014||Texas Copperhead Amber Ale||American Amber Ale||5.8 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/8/2014||Cu-29 Ale||American Amber Ale||5.7 %||5.75 Gallon(s)|
|10/23/2014||Golden-throated IPA||English IPA||7.0 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|10/9/2014||Port-o-storm||American Porter||5.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
OG was above plan, (1.054 vs. 1.048). Don't know if it was higher efficiency or inaccurate weight on Pilsner, (more than 9lbs). I may have had extra Pilsner malt, did not weigh the bag, just assumed they sent 9 lbs., but it might have been closer to 10lbs.
Brew shop gave me 2.5 lbs more grain in the recipe, I assumed it was extra Maris Otter. I mixed the crushed grain and weighed out 8.5 lbs to brew with. The percentage of Victory and CaraMunich will be slightly lower than planned.Had to add about 1/3 gallon of water at end of boil to lower OG. Mash efficiency was better than expected, about 83%.
Brew day, cloudy, 60 deg. Update: 25 hours post pitch there is no sign of yeast activity. The packet of WLP-004 was dated 12/2021 and may have been degraded. Store owner moved to new location and yeast may have gotten warm. Pitched Safale-05 on 12/8 at 2:30 pm.
Post mash decoction boil of grist for 15 minutes. Temperature after recombining the grain with the wort was 175, this was too high. Next time, cool the decoction with a chiller prior to recombining. Yeast - London ESB does not ferment Maltotriose sugars, so I should have mashed at a lower temperature, maybe 148.
Forgot to add Irish Moss
Kegged 1 gallon and filled 10 - 12oz bottles. FG was lower than predicted.
FG was 1.014. Higher than expected. Either the 8th generation Nottingham yeast harvest is losing its ability to finish lower or there was a higher degree of nonfermentable sugars.
Split into two fermenters, about 0.9 gal each. Added 0.15 oz Spalt hop tea to one and will dry hop the other with like amount after primary is complete. At bottling time, the hop tea and the dry hop seemed to have equivalent hop aroma and flavor.
OG was 13.7 Brix, 13.2 Plato or 1.053 SG. Flame-out hops added late by mistake, wort was 112 F. Pitched harvested yeast, strong airlock activity after ~6 hrs. Racked to secondary on 9/2/15. Gravity was 1.018, FG at bottling time was 1.016, so gravity dropped two points during conditioning.
Testing Mash-only hop addition. Mashed 1oz Chinook and 1 oz Citra with grain inside BIAB bag for 90 minutes at 155F. Mash efficiency was 80%, this was first time using my own grain mill!
Oops, forgot to add the cinnamon to the mash.6/4/15 No activity after 67 hrs, realized freezer was too cold (58F) due to placement of thermostat sensor. Moved sensor and raised to 70F and rocked fermenter, active airlock by 9am.6/7/15 Racked to secondary, very clear. Set freezer to 60F6/8/15 Set freezer at 59F, Carboy is at 56F6/14/15 Bottled, very clear. FG 1.009 (corr.)
Mashed with 5 gal at 152 for 60 minutes and sparged with 2 gal at 170 for 10 min. Pre-boil OG indicated 81% efficiency, better than expected, so I was slightly above my original OG target of 1.050 for 5.25 gal, so topped off fermenter with 1/2 gallon to 5.5 gal resulting in an OG of 1.055.
Water - Used 5 gal Cartwright Springs, 1 gal Samantha Springs and 4 gm baking soda. Alkalinity was ~110. Observed that some of the Rye grain remained un-crushed, tried to crush with rolling pin as best as possible. BIAB mash temp. was 155deg after 70 min in an insulated kettle.
BIAB method. Mash-in 7.25 lbs grain at 50 deg. with 6.8 gal at 157deg. Mash at 152deg. for 60min. Final temp was 152deg. 1/25/15 Had 1" compact yeast trub in primary. Beer was clear, good color. Dry hopped in carboy.
Initial gravity in fermenter was 1.026, added 1 lb cane sugar on 12/19/14. Dry hopped 1 oz leaf Simcoe About 1/2 of the leaf hops were still floating in carboy. Auto-siphon open slot acted as barrier for larger leaf pieces, only a small amount of small hop particles made it to bottling bucket and bottles were filled free of hop debris. Hop aroma was very strong during bottling.
Steeped specialty grains in 2 gallons spring water at 140-150F for 30 minutes and rinsed grain bag over strainer with 1 gal at 160 deg. (Later I soaked some of the "spent" grains in hot water and had no further extraction of color). Mixed in 7 lbs Light LME and 2 lbs of DME, 4 gallon boil volume. Added hops per recipe. Cool down from 212 to 95F via immersion chiller in 30 minutes, added 2 gallons 40F spring water to fermenter, pitching temp at 73F. Post boil OG of 1.076 was above recipe ...