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JustinMonroe

JustinMonroe

6/9/2015
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Just started home brewing in the summer of 2015. Built a modified "Son of Fermentation Chiller," sized to fit my 1-gallon jugs. Highly efficient build! Can cool the internal temperature from 80 to sub-60 in under 5 minutes with 2 frozen gallon containers.

I have since moved on to larger batch sizes (though nothing over 3.5 gallons), so I had to modify my chamber to accommodate larger buckets. Still just as efficient!

Dead Ringer IPA

Dead Ringer IPA

by JustinMonroe on 6/17/2017
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | American IPA | 6.0 % ABV
AHA Saison

AHA Saison

by JustinMonroe on 5/3/2017
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Saison | 5.2 % ABV
Recipe for AHA Big Brew on May 6th, 2017.
Choc-N-Oats Oatmeal Stout

Choc-N-Oats Oatmeal Stout

by JustinMonroe on 4/8/2017
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Oatmeal Stout | 7.1 % ABV
Leftovers Stout

Leftovers Stout

by JustinMonroe on 3/31/2017
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | American Stout | 7.2 % ABV
Monday Morning Stout

Monday Morning Stout

by JustinMonroe on 3/28/2017
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | American Stout | 6.7 % ABV
Grapefruit Pulpin All Grain Northern Brewer

Grapefruit Pulpin All Grain Northern Brewer

by JustinMonroe on 3/10/2017
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | American IPA | 6.9 % ABV
Northern Brewer Ace of Spades Black IPA

Northern Brewer Ace of Spades Black IPA

by JustinMonroe on 11/26/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | American IPA | 6.9 % ABV
FNBC Experiment No. 1

FNBC Experiment No. 1

by JustinMonroe on 10/1/2016
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 4.5 % ABV
Using up all my extra hops Belgian Wheat

Using up all my extra hops Belgian Wheat

by JustinMonroe on 3/24/2016
Extract | 5 Gallon(s) | American Wheat or Rye Beer | 4.2 % ABV
Using up my hops in the freezer.
Dirty Monk Clone

Dirty Monk Clone

by JustinMonroe on 2/27/2016
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Belgian Golden Strong Ale | 7.9 % ABV
Fairly straightforward Belgian Golden Strong Ale recipe.
Joes Irish Red Ale

Joes Irish Red Ale

by JustinMonroe on 12/17/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Irish Red Ale | 5.6 % ABV
http://www.beersmith.com/Recipes2/recipe_266.htm Modified for lower efficiency and upped the ABV slightly for an OG of 1.058. Also changed ingredients to what my LHBS currently had on-hand.
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

by JustinMonroe on 11/27/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Oatmeal Stout | 6.5 % ABV
5/21/16 - This beer took 3rd place in the "Dark British Beer" category in the 2016 Carolina Brewmasters US Open homebrew competition!
Bloated Bagpipe - GreatFermentations.com

Bloated Bagpipe - GreatFermentations.com

by JustinMonroe on 11/26/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Strong Scotch Ale | 8.8 % ABV
From GreatFermentations.com - just brought it here so I could scale it down and modify.
70 Shilling

70 Shilling

by JustinMonroe on 11/17/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Scottish Heavy 70/- | 3.7 % ABV
Going to try making a 70 /- to create a good yeast cake for a Wee Heavy.
Winter Welcome Winter Warmer

Winter Welcome Winter Warmer

by JustinMonroe on 11/4/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Old Ale | 6.8 % ABV
Modified Samuel Smith Winter Welcome
BeerSmith Milk O Stout by Northern Brewer

BeerSmith Milk O Stout by Northern Brewer

by JustinMonroe on 10/2/2015
All Grain | 3.5 Gallon(s) | Sweet Stout | 6.2 % ABV
I take no credit for the recipe, posted by user "oteixeira." I just wanted to transfer to brewgr to scale it down. This kit can be purchased on Northern Brewer.
Clone Of For Richer or for Porter - Low Eff

Clone Of For Richer or for Porter - Low Eff

by JustinMonroe on 9/19/2015
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | Robust Porter | 5.9 % ABV
Clone Of Texas Copperhead Amber Ale

Clone Of Texas Copperhead Amber Ale

by JustinMonroe on 9/14/2015
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | American Amber Ale | 6.1 % ABV
Caribou Slobber 1 Gallon Extract - Northern Brewer

Caribou Slobber 1 Gallon Extract - Northern Brewer

by JustinMonroe on 8/25/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 4.8 % ABV
Experiment 2

Experiment 2

by JustinMonroe on 8/24/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 3.6 % ABV
Schulz Saison 1

Schulz Saison 1

by JustinMonroe on 7/28/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Saison | 4.8 % ABV
Basically the same recipe from the NB Saison Au Miel, but with different ingredients.
Northern Brewer Saison Au Miel

Northern Brewer Saison Au Miel

by JustinMonroe on 7/28/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Saison | 4.8 % ABV
Clone Of Clone Of Rochefort 10 Clone

Clone Of Clone Of Rochefort 10 Clone

by JustinMonroe on 7/21/2015
Extract | 3 Gallon(s) | Belgian Dark Strong Ale | 14.2 % ABV
Northern Brewer Bomber Barley Wine

Northern Brewer Bomber Barley Wine

by JustinMonroe on 6/19/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 9.0 % ABV
Northern Brewer Hefeweizen - 6-6-2015

Northern Brewer Hefeweizen - 6-6-2015

by JustinMonroe on 6/10/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 4.3 % ABV
Hopfeweizen 6/8/15

Hopfeweizen 6/8/15

by JustinMonroe on 6/9/2015
Extract | 1 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 4.3 % ABV
Dead Ringer IPA

Brew Session: Dead Ringer IPA

by JustinMonroe on 6/17/2017
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
AHA Saison

Brew Session: AHA Saison

by JustinMonroe on 5/6/2017
 Water Infusion  Tasting
Leftovers Stout

Brew Session: Leftovers Stout

by JustinMonroe on 4/17/2017
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
Choc-N-Oats Oatmeal Stout
No yeast activity as of 4/16, 9pm. Pitched WLP005 British Ale.
Monday Morning Stout

Brew Session: Monday Morning Stout

by JustinMonroe on 4/3/2017
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
4/9/17 - Racked to secondary - 3gal carboy. Gravity reading 1.025. Still lots of sulfur on the nose. Quickly dissipated in the test jar. Tasted pretty solid. 4/14/17 - Added 4oz cocoa nibs and splash of vodka to mason jar. 4/16/17 - 9:30PM - Added cocoa nibs to secondary. Removed airlock and attached blow-off. Tasted small sample, still pretty good. Sulfur has subsided. Will look at bottling next weekend. 4/29/17 - 10:00PM - Finished bottling 2 gallons, yielded 19 bottles at ~6% ABV. FG 1.019. May have dropped another point or two over the course of the next week, but I needed to get this bottled for competition submission on 5/4. Transferred 1 gallon to 1gal jug to age on bourbon soaked chips, possibly for about 6 months. 5/1/17 - Soaking .5oz medium toast oak cubes in Doc Porter's Bourbon, just enough to cover the cubes in a small Mason jar. Will add on Friday.
Grapefruit Pulpin All Grain Northern Brewer

Brew Session: Grapefruit Pulpin All Grain Northern Brewer

by JustinMonroe on 3/11/2017
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
Northern Brewer Ace of Spades Black IPA

Brew Session: Northern Brewer Ace of Spades Black IPA

by JustinMonroe on 11/26/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
1st Runnings - 1.084 Pre-boil - 1.059 OG - 1.067 12/12 - Added dry hops. Gravity checked at 1.015 12/18 - Bottled ~4 gallons with 4.4oz Dextrose. ABV about 7%
Using up all my extra hops Belgian Wheat

Brew Session: Using up all my extra hops Belgian Wheat

by JustinMonroe on 3/24/2016
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
Dirty Monk Clone

Brew Session: Dirty Monk Clone

by JustinMonroe on 3/5/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
3/5 Brew day 1st - 1.057 (Forgot to take pre-boil gravity) OG 1.075 3/9 - 1.040 3/14 - 1.019 Attempted a multi-infusion mash. Started near 1qt/lb at 126F, raised to 144F, then mashed out near 168F. Only needed about a gallon of sparge water to hit my initial volume. Wort was still very cloudy (possibly from the torrified wheat). 3/18 taste test - Lots of notes of pear and pineapple, a hint of heat from fusel alcohol in the finish. 5/39 - Bottled about 3.2 gallons with 110g of Dextrose, around 3.1vol CO2. Finished dry at 1.005, yielding about 9.1%. We will see if it actually carbonates that high, since it has been in primary for nearly 3 months. Came out clean, real nice color, some hop flavor, slight heat in the finish. We will see how it does cooled and carbonated.
Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Brew Session: Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

by JustinMonroe on 1/17/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Transferred to secondary on 1/26. Gravity was at 1.021 1.0oz of cocoa nibs added to 2.5 gallon secondary on 1/28. .5oz of cocoa nibs added to 1 gallon secondary on 1/29. Bourbon soaked medium toasted cubes will be added in a few days. Added .25 medium toast cubes on 2/2 to 1 gallon jug. Bottled the 2.5 gallons on 2/10/16 with 1.24oz of corn sugar. Final gravity of 1.023 yielded an ABV of about 6.17%.
Joes Irish Red Ale

Brew Session: Joes Irish Red Ale

by JustinMonroe on 12/26/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
1st runnings - 1.069. Did not hit my 1st runnings volume, so added a bit of water to the sparge.
Bloated Bagpipe - GreatFermentations.com

Brew Session: Bloated Bagpipe - GreatFermentations.com

by JustinMonroe on 12/5/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
Finally fit my starting gravity! First time with using a false bottom too. Ended up boiling 120 minutes instead of 90 minutes to hit my final volume numbers. I believe this helped me hit my gravity as well. Pitched onto my yeast cake from my 70 Shilling, and within 5 hours it is bubbling like crazy. Boiled down a gallon of my first runnings to about 1/3 - 1/2 volume and added back to main boil. 1st runnings - 1.082 2nd runnings - 1.033 Preboil - 1.062 OG - 1.095 Ended up with about 3.1 gallons in the fermenter. Just noticed that my recipe was for 3.5 gallons and I was brewing based on 3 gallons. Oh well. A little less volume but hit my target gravity. Will take some learning to get used to the false bottom.
70 Shilling

Brew Session: 70 Shilling

by JustinMonroe on 11/21/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
11/27 - Took gravity reading and it showed 1.010. Still an occasional bubble in the airlock. I may end up sticking this in the garage for a week (where it is currently 55*F) to prevent it from fermenting too much more. It has stayed around 64-66 in my spare bedroom. I hope this attenuation is due to the lowish mash temp (152*F) and not due to wild yeast. I want to use the yeast cake for my Wee Heavy next weekend. 12/5 - Bottled 3 gallons of beer at 2.0 volumes of CO2. Used 1.8oz of Corn Sugar. Poured my Wee Heavy on top of this yeast cake, and within 5 hours it is bubbling like crazy!
Winter Welcome Winter Warmer

Brew Session: Winter Welcome Winter Warmer

by JustinMonroe on 11/14/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Mashed at 152*F for 90 minutes, and vorlaufed 3 times at 2 quarts. Runnings were cleared by this time, and took my first runnings sample. Once cooled, measured out at 1.071. Sparged with 170*F-ish water for 15 minutes, but the mash only reached about 148*F for my second runnings. Reached my volumes this time, but not my gravity. Only achieved about 62% efficiency, even though I thought I did a better job this time. I will start measuring out my recipes for 64-65% efficiency, so I will at least be closer to my target gravity numbers. 11/18 - Airlock is still bubbling at a steady rate of around a bubble every 2 to 3 seconds. Looking to transfer to a 3 gallon carboy this weekend for a secondary fermentation for a couple of weeks, or until the fermentation has completed. I will hold this around 66-68 degrees, or whatever my spare bedroom will hold at (generally cooler than the rest of my house as I have the AC vent closed and the door stays shut). 11/21 - Transferred to a 3-gallon ca
BeerSmith Milk O Stout by Northern Brewer

Brew Session: BeerSmith Milk O Stout by Northern Brewer

by JustinMonroe on 10/24/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Mash temp ended up high at 158 (was shooting for 155). Ended up letting the mash sit for nearly 90 minutes as I was busy trying to fix dinner and my 2-year old wanted to run around the house. Drained my first runnings and added 180 degree water back into the mash tun, stirred, and let sit for 15 minutes. First runnings gravity came in at 1.060. Drained into brew kettle, and actually collected 6 gallons of wort. I guess that's better than being a gallon short! There was still wort to be collected, but I didn't want it to lower my SG. Cooled in a large plastic tub. I guess I never completely busted the nutrient bubble in the smack pack, so the pack only swelled for about 2 hours or so. Now I know for next time! With me adjusting water volumes and efficiency calculations, I think I came in around 65%. I won't complain being my 3rd all-grain, and my first on a recently altered wort screen for my mash tun. Sampled a gravity reading on 10/27 as I wanted to move my bucket inside. Tasted
Clone Of For Richer or for Porter - Low Eff

Brew Session: Clone Of For Richer or for Porter - Low Eff

by JustinMonroe on 9/21/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Missed my pre-boil volume by a __GALLON__! How did that happen? Batch-sparged. 2.5 gallons mash volume, added .5 gallons of 180*F sparge water for 10 minutes. 2x vorlauf at 2.5qts each, then dropped my first runnings. Drained the mash tun, and added 2.5 gallons of 175*F - sparge water, and sat for 10 minutes. 2x vorlauf at 2qts each, then dropped in my sparge into the kettle. Measured volume and I was at 3.6 - gallons!? I calculated my absorption at .1gal/lb, so how did I end up a gallon short? Oh well. Quickly did a 2nd sparge with 100*F - water, about 1.5 gallons for about 10 minutes. 1x vorlauf at 2qts and wort was pretty clear (dark, but no grains). Drained into kettle, and barely got a gallon out of it. I had to tip my mash tun to get a little bit more out to get near 4.45 - gallons in the kettle. Oh well, live and learn! Beer smells good, so I hope it turns out good!
Clone Of Texas Copperhead Amber Ale

Brew Session: Clone Of Texas Copperhead Amber Ale

by JustinMonroe on 9/20/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
First runnings taken late, so it may not be accurate - 1.067 Bottled on 9/29. Yielded (27) 12oz bottles. Smelled pretty astringent. High attenuation, really dried out. We'll see how this one turns out.
Experiment 2

Brew Session: Experiment 2

by JustinMonroe on 8/25/2015
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
1 hour cool-down period - had to take my in-laws' dog to a friend's house which was an hour round-trip. Gravity sample had a rich coffee aroma and taste with some bite. 8/27/15 - Heavy fermentation within 12 hours, bubbling through the blow-off about 5-6 times a second after 24 hours. After 48 hours, krausen has subsided and there is very little activity through the blow-off (getting maybe 1 bubble every 30 seconds). Will switch to an airlock tonight.
Caribou Slobber 1 Gallon Extract - Northern Brewer
I don't think I am boiling these as hard as I should be. I need more of a rolling boil, but I am turning down the heat to prevent wort loss. I will be stepping up to all-grain here in the near future with a 30qt pot from a friend to do 3-gallon batches.
Northern Brewer Saison Au Miel

Brew Session: Northern Brewer Saison Au Miel

by JustinMonroe on 7/27/2015
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Rehydrated half packet of yeast in 100ml boiled and cooled water (water temp about 88-90 degrees). Bottled on 8/14 with (1) Fizz Drop per 12oz. bottle. FG extremely low at 1.004! This beer will be very dry.
Schulz Saison 1

Brew Session: Schulz Saison 1

by JustinMonroe on 7/27/2015
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Used 2nd half of dry yeast pack. *Did not rehydrate* Bottled on 8/14 and used (1) Fizz Drop per 12oz bottle. FG at 1.001!!! That is not a typo. This beer will be extremely dry.
Northern Brewer Bomber Barley Wine

Brew Session: Northern Brewer Bomber Barley Wine

by JustinMonroe on 6/19/2015
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
Once rolling boil achieved, removed from heat and slowly stirred in DME to prevent clumping. Stirred until dissolved. Reintroduced to heat and brought back to rolling boil. Once hot break diminished, took sample for pre-boil gravity and added first addition of hops and started 45 minute timer. Continued to boil with hop additions at predetermined times. Once 45 minute boil-time achieved, placed kettle in ice bath. Rehydrated yeast in 1/2 cup boiled & cooled water, used 1/2 for current beer, used other half for mix in Mr Beer recipe. Pitched yeast and placed in fermentation chamber set for 63 degrees F.
Hopfeweizen 6/8/15

Brew Session: Hopfeweizen 6/8/15

by JustinMonroe on 6/8/2015
 Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning
1.25 gallon, 60 minute boil yielded about 0.9 gallons wort in the fermentor. Topped off to 1-gal mark with additional jug water. Pitched rehydrated yeast and aerated. 6/9/15 - Had to change the blowoff bottle twice, krausen had begun coming out of the top. 6/18/15 - Removed blowoff and replaced with airlock. 6/19/15 - Hydrometer reading: 1.010 6/21/15 - Hydrometer reading: 1.010 - Bottled I think this batch has soured. Smelled fairly sour, almost like every Mr Beer I have brewed so far. A lot of acetaldehyde. Bottled with Fizz Drops.
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