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Rick-B

7/5/2016
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Red Mandarina Wheat

Red Mandarina Wheat

by Rick-B on 9/12/2018
All Grain + Extract | 3 Gallon(s) | American Wheat or Rye Beer | 4.4 % ABV
OG after mashing came in at 1.035, much lower than expected so I changed efficiency to match OG. I am thinking I should have double or ground the wheat much more than my standard grind. I usually stir a couple times but forgot this time as well. I do circulate my wort while mashing and can heat the wort as needed so opening and stirring should not be a problem maintaining temp. To up the OG I boiled enough water with dry malt extract to up the gravity.
SMaSH 3 gallon

SMaSH 3 gallon

by Rick-B on 4/20/2018
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | American Pale Ale | 5.7 % ABV
JRS Jeffro 3 gallon

JRS Jeffro 3 gallon

by Rick-B on 4/11/2018
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | Saison | 5.4 % ABV
Belgian Farmhouse Saison with low bitterness and high hop flavor, hoping for a fruity summer session beer similar to the Guinness hop house 13 I had while visiting Ireland. I designed this beer in honor of my cousin who passed away and was a avid beer drinker. I think he would have enjoyed this beer.
Vanilla Coffee Blonde Ale

Vanilla Coffee Blonde Ale

by Rick-B on 3/21/2018
All Grain | 3.25 Gallon(s) | Blonde Ale | 4.7 % ABV
Vanilla Blonde Ale with coffee. My wife had some Vanilla Cream Ale with coffee at a brewery and requested I try making one so here it is. It does not really qualify as a cream ale but fits into more of a blonde ale. I utilized hops that I had left over. Going for a beer with some sweetness.
BlackBeards Imperial Stout

BlackBeards Imperial Stout

by Rick-B on 3/16/2018
All Grain + Extract | 5.75 Gallon(s) | Russian Imperial Stout | 12.3 % ABV
I have done the sweet chocolate stouts but this one i want to be a strong powerful stout not for the faint. My wife came up with the name to go with my Blackbeard and love of pirates.
Pecan Brown Ale

Pecan Brown Ale

by Rick-B on 1/9/2018
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | American Brown Ale | 6.0 % ABV
Medieval Roggenbier

Medieval Roggenbier

by Rick-B on 1/26/2017
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | Roggenbier (German Rye Beer) | 5.6 % ABV
Devil Dog Schwarzbier

Devil Dog Schwarzbier

by Rick-B on 12/15/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Schwarzbier (Black Beer) | 5.3 % ABV
Something between a Devil's backbone schwarzbier and Black Dog
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager

Devils Backbone Vienna Lager

by Rick-B on 11/15/2016
All Grain | 5.5 Gallon(s) | Vienna Lager | 5.1 % ABV
First attempt at cloning Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager, substituting cara-amber with Carastan since it's what I can get, added a touch of Red X for the toffee and added reddish color but could leave it out. Many describe tasting toffee in this lager. I cannot get devils vienna lager around here and have never tasted it yet, I have some coming for a comparison.
Scottish 70 Shillings

Scottish 70 Shillings

by Rick-B on 10/11/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Scottish Heavy 70/- | 3.9 % ABV
An all grain recipe using specialty grains and a longer aggressive boil to caramelize the wort. I was going for a 60 Shilling brew but the results were closer to a 70 Shilling. I have already brewed this recipe and initial results are great aroma and nice taste. I will update later once completed and carbonated.
Bueno Vienna Lager - 3 gallon

Bueno Vienna Lager - 3 gallon

by Rick-B on 8/31/2016
All Grain | 3 Gallon(s) | Vienna Lager | 5.4 % ABV
scaled down version of 5 gallon
Bueno Vienna Lager Cerveza

Bueno Vienna Lager Cerveza

by Rick-B on 8/31/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Vienna Lager | 5.4 % ABV
I have not brewed this yet so I don't really know if it's good or not. My typical beers are brown ales, porters and stouts but the bar needs something a little lighter. I like malty beers and Vienna so thought I would try this.
Chocolate Stout Lager

Chocolate Stout Lager

by Rick-B on 8/26/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Sweet Stout | 8.6 % ABV
slight hoppiness with bittersweet chocolate notes
Duck Island IPA

Duck Island IPA

by Rick-B on 8/26/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | English IPA | 7.4 % ABV
This recipe is based off the Goose Island "The Illinois" bill but for the fermentable used Marris Otter instead of Pale 2-row and the hops are arranged to create less bitter and stronger aroma and flavors. This is the first run and not been brewed yet. I am still working on final recipe and not brewed yet
Yuengling Lager Clone Nailed

Yuengling Lager Clone Nailed

by Rick-B on 8/25/2016
All Grain + Extract | 5 Gallon(s) | Premium American Lager | 5.5 % ABV
I personally don't like yeungling or this clone all that much but a couple friends talked me into making an attempt since they cannot get it where we live locally. It does taste like Yeungling and they agree, they did a blind taste test with their friends who insisted they simply took the label off the bottle. My FG came in low for some reason which is the reason for the 1lb. extract added to primary so you may want to wait make FG test at flame out. ABV should be 4.5 I made sure to use 6-row, ...
Original Pumpkin Ale

Original Pumpkin Ale

by Rick-B on 8/24/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 7.5 % ABV
First attempt at recipe, turned out really good, wife liked it too and she is not a beer drinker, OG came out lower than expected. Efficiency was more at 60% than 70% as hoped. I decided to make another batch but wanted it to be sweeter, more like a pumpkin pie.
Hail Hail Pumpkin Ale

Hail Hail Pumpkin Ale

by Rick-B on 8/23/2016
All Grain | 5.25 Gallon(s) | Unknown Style | 8.3 % ABV
Pumpkin Pie Ale based off of Pumpking ale. I made one batch almost the same before that everyone really liked. This one I am attempting to make a little sweeter with higher mash temp and another 4 ounces of Lactose, also added 1 pound of Melanoidin. The extracts are starting points, adjust to likely after fermentation in secondary if more concentrated flavors are desired.
Vanilla Coffee Blonde Ale

Brew Session: Vanilla Coffee Blonde Ale

by Rick-B on 5/20/2018
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Conditioning
Hail Hail Pumpkin Ale

Brew Session: Hail Hail Pumpkin Ale

by Rick-B on 8/27/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
OG was much lower than calculated OG 1.075 instead of 1.099. I was aiming for more insoluble Fermentables for a sweeter beer by going with a high mash temp. Strike water was 175F. Depending on FG I could still come out close to calculated abv but the yeast I chose should again make for a sweeter beer I believe. I did mash the pumpkin in a grain bag and then boiled it in Kettle for 20 minutes. I only had .8 oz. of Saaz instead of 1 oz. but I don't think it will matter much. One mistake I made that may have changed the mash too much and caused poor results instead of adding 1 teaspoon of gypsum I grabbed the tablespoon. it was too late when I discovered the mistake. the Windsor yeast created a very vigorous fermentation for a day and then backed down a lot. Initial flavor is good but that will change as I tweak with extracts after fermentation in secondary. The beer should be ready by the fall holidays. I will update as we approach the end of the process.
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