Current AHA member, brewer since early '90s. I have posted recipes from past few years, am also brewing some gluten-free beers currently, including Mead with honey from my local beekeeper friend and ciders..., we have apple and plum trees in Eureka, CA.
My brewbuddy & I grow our own Cluster hops, and my best friend has a Cascade plant in Eureka that won't quit - I get 2-3 lbs. every year from that hop plant.
|2/8/2023||BLACK HOLIDAY in the Sun IPA||English Porter||4.5 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|6/11/2022||Humboldt Crabs Red Pumpkin Ale||American Pale Ale||5.4 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|3/1/2022||Hazy Crazy Daisy IPA||Unknown Style||6.2 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|1/28/2022||Wit-less-Bier||Witbier||5.0 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|9/13/2021||Red Eye IPA||Specialty IPA - Red IPA||6.0 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/13/2021||Angels West Coast Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||4.8 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|5/22/2021||Hazy Honey Basil Ale||British Golden Ale||4.8 %||7.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/22/2020||Go Crazy IPA||American IPA||5.5 %||7 Gallon(s)|
|4/5/2020||WinterCameLateEvaBraun||American Brown Ale||4.4 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|2/13/2020||Capn Crunch Hazy Pale Ale||American Pale Ale||5.4 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|11/4/2019||BLACK HOLIDAY IPA||Specialty IPA - Black IPA||5.5 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|5/16/2019||Oats-n-Honey Mead||Dry Mead||13.3 %||2.2 Gallon(s)|
|4/15/2019||Jolly Roger Oatmeal Stout||Oatmeal Stout||4.8 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|4/9/2019||VDX Steam Beer||California Common||5.9 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|2/25/2019||Hopstart Amber||American Amber Ale||4.5 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|2/23/2019||Red Sails Curbside IPA||American IPA||5.8 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|1/25/2019||Clone Of Heavenweisen||Weissbier||6.7 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|1/13/2019||WIntersBrow||Baltic Porter||6.0 %||2.2 Gallon(s)|
|1/9/2019||Impeach the MF Already Local Bitter||Best Bitter||4.4 %||5.5476 Gallon(s)|
|11/14/2018||Revenge of the Yeti - Holiday Ale||Baltic Porter||8.4 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|9/16/2018||Rocktoberfest||American Wheat Beer||4.3 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|6/10/2018||Ultimate Godzilla Ale||American Pale Ale||5.3 %||2.25 Gallon(s)|
|4/18/2018||Lite It Up||Unknown Style||6.0 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|11/12/2017||Hoppy Holidays Ale||English IPA||6.4 %||5.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/16/2017||El Sobrante Cyser Melomel||Unknown Style||4.6 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|9/17/2017||Clone Of California 911||American Pale Ale||5.2 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|8/18/2017||Clone Of Curvaceous Coffee Dry Bone Blonde||Unknown Style||4.8 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|8/18/2017||Cali Phone Ya Blonde||Blonde Ale||5.0 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|1/17/2017||Martins Mark||Unknown Style||6.6 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/11/2016||Local Bitter||Strong Bitter||5.7 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|9/14/2016||Clone Of Back to School Stout||Unknown Style||6.5 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|9/14/2016||Back to School Stout||Tropical Stout||6.1 %||8 Gallon(s)|
|9/8/2016||Gluten-Free IDK Ale||Unknown Style||5.6 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|6/6/2016||Aussie IIPA||Double IPA||7.9 %||2.04 Gallon(s)|
|5/3/2016||Aussie IPA||Unknown Style||5.1 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|3/29/2016||Gluten Free Carrot-Pils Clone||Unknown Style||5.4 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|2/8/2016||Clone Of Spring Fedora White Stout||Sweet Stout||5.7 %||1 Gallon(s)|
|2/5/2016||Clone Of Caramelized Carrot Dubbel||Schwarzbier||7.2 %||5 Gallon(s)|
|2/3/2016||Black Brownie IPA||American Stout||6.6 %||6 Gallon(s)|
|1/18/2016||Clone Of Chocolate Maple Porter||American Porter||5.3 %||3 Gallon(s)|
|1/9/2016||Drakes Denogginizer Clone||Double IPA||9.7 %||6.5 Gallon(s)|
|11/6/2015||Anchor Winter Wheat Clone||Imperial Stout||8.2 %||2 Gallon(s)|
|11/4/2015||Wild-n-wooly Winter Wheat||Baltic Porter||7.7 %||6.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/21/2015||Clone Of Sauvin IPA||Double IPA||7.9 %||3 Gallon(s)|
|10/21/2015||White Warlock IPA||American IPA||7.1 %||6.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/20/2015||Un-American Winter Ale||Baltic Porter||8.6 %||6.5 Gallon(s)|
|10/20/2015||Renewal Ale||American IPA||7.7 %||2.25 Gallon(s)|
|10/13/2015||Sequoia Park Special||California Common||6.0 %||2.5 Gallon(s)|
Brewed on a Sunday, so it must have been the twelfth. We'll bottle this mid-July?
I pulled 1 QT 1 PT for bottling.
Process worked well. Only thing we forgot was to take OG reading before pitching, so we pulled ~8 0z. which is reserved for bottling stage. Most interesting was the partial mash approach worked; we had ~1.5 gal. H2O in the fermentor and ~3.5 gal in the kettle, and still hit the target OG.
hazy, lemony, light. I had to bottle the 6 gallon amount separately from the 2.5 gallon amount. 6 gallons had 4.75 oz. of honey, the 2.5 gallon batch had 1.9 oz. Also I added 4 bags of Bengal spice tea 4 ground cardamon pods to the 2.5 gallon batch, so it has some lively spice notes like a Belgian ale.
See tasting notes on recipe.
Tasty, spices were not too overwhelming for a black ale, holiday style Seasonal IPA.
Batch #2 for VDX Steam Beer
Stout, Jolly Roger, Dan's choice.
Started mash: 10ish. Done 1ish PM.
This one is a failure. 1.042 from the start, stuck MASH due to amaranth and not enough rice hulls. Ugh! Ugly, tastes fine though, is fermenting, so we will see. I was able to re-pitch the yeast I harvested.
Wort size = 5.0 gal; yeast starter was 3 qts, so final in fermentor was 5.75 Gal. Starter was made with DME, honey, brown . rice syrup, so FG may be higher. OG was actually hovering from 1.078 to 1.080, so this may be an 8.2% ABV. Will it taste smoky? Hmmmm.
OG=1.070, so the FG calculator won't work here. Target guess is 1.012. Maybe lower. This will come in at about 7.6% ABV. See: https://www.brewersfriend.com/abv-calculator/
BASE Malt for the Zymurgy article - split the batch into three 2 -gallon fermentors:#1: No Additions#2: Dry Pineapple Sage additions#3 FRESH Pineapple Sage additions
nice wheat beer for fall!
from plummy to citric with grapefruit juice notes, like a good pinot or syrah Rose' wine.
I have 7.5 gal. in two fermentors. OG was 1.062.
Upon secondary ferm, I racked this onto frozen eureka plums blueberries to feed the yeast and add some color excitement...racked on 9/12.
Sweet, hoppy, thick and creamy - definitely an Imperial IPA...!
Had to stop boil, set aside in oven till next morning (6 hrs later); oven well insulated so starches had converted by morning, left hop bag dangling above wort but not in it. Boiled sugar, orange mixture, added it, then cooled wort down. We'll have to see how it turns out.
Note: triple decoction in effect thus the higher final temp reading.
Tasted smooth. More yield than I expected (more than 3 gallons) even though we hit OG - happy to use this one for Oak Barrel World Cup, as it tastes like a good robust porter. Fermentation started < 24 hours, vigorous when Fermentor is agitated/aerated.
Threw in cinnamon stick, 8 oz. Belgian chocolate that was laced with coffee-like the Cocoa Spice tea, weird tasting alone, but could be good as a porter. Mash stuck in MT again, but this time nothing clogged up the line (that I could see)...ended up with @ 6.0 gallon wort in 7 gallon ferm and 2 1 gallon mini-ferms. NOTE: the 2 one gallon ferms are using the Vermont IPA yeast 3rd generation from gigayeast instead of the Engliah Ale yeast, so they are more "American". One day one all ferms were ...
Smelled grapefruity...am I too cheap to buy grapefruit sculpin? Yes and no. Likely yes.
Yeast used is Safale S-04: used mini starter, 4 oz. wort 28 oz. H2O, 2 T. sugar. Sugars likely not necessary-yeast very high attenuation. Used tubing into H2O for blowoff, very active fermentation.
Beautiful golden hazy hefe-esque color and thickness - exactly what I wanted!!!!!