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Sailracer

Sailracer

3/19/2015
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I've been homebrewing since 1998. I converted to all grain brewing sometime around 2013, started kegging around the same time and most recently started experimenting with yeast culturing and banking in 2015. I like brewing different styles but am still working to brew the perfect IPA. I'm growing Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Nugget hops in my back yard. All I'm missing now is the barley :)

Ryans Double Black Lager

Ryans Double Black Lager

by Sailracer on 12/17/2017
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | Schwarzbier (Black Beer) | 6.4 % ABV
Going for heavy malt with the Munich, an IPA like dry hopping and a cloudy, murky color. Lager yeast because my basement is cold enough. I intended to use dark munich instead of caramunich, but couldn't find it at the homebrew shop. We'll see how this turns out. Hop bill based on what I have left in my freezer from previous batch and previous season's harvest.
Ryans New England IPA

Ryans New England IPA

by Sailracer on 11/23/2016
All Grain | 5 Gallon(s) | American IPA | 6.2 % ABV
First experiment with this style. Heavy on the hops from my yard.
Ryans Russian Imperial Stout 2016

Ryans Russian Imperial Stout 2016

by Sailracer on 9/5/2016
All Grain | 5.1 Gallon(s) | Russian Imperial Stout | 7.9 % ABV
Going with more Munich malt this time in place of the 2 row.
Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout- 2015

Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout- 2015

by Sailracer on 10/4/2015
All Grain | 5.5 Gallon(s) | Russian Imperial Stout | 8.7 % ABV
My usual Winter RIS brew with a few small tweaks to see what happens. In particular, I added some munich malt to try to give it a little more doughy taste.
Ryans IPA take 6

Ryans IPA take 6

by Sailracer on 5/3/2015
All Grain | 5.5 Gallon(s) | American IPA | 6.6 % ABV
Yet another attempt at crafting my perfect IPA. I'm trying to get a biscuity malt backbone like a bock with the citrus and fruity flavors and aromas of an IPA. This is my first time using Galaxy hops and I have high hopes for them.
Ryans California Common

Ryans California Common

by Sailracer on 3/21/2015
All Grain | 5.5 Gallon(s) | California Common Beer | 6.9 % ABV
My first attempt at a steam beer.
Ryans Double IPA All-Grain II

Ryans Double IPA All-Grain II

by Sailracer on 3/21/2015
All Grain | 5.1 Gallon(s) | Imperial IPA | 10.3 % ABV
All grain attempt two at perfecting the double IPA. This bordered on being a triple IPA (if there is such a thing) and pushed my all grain capacity to its limits.
Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout

Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout

by Sailracer on 3/21/2015
All Grain | 5.3 Gallon(s) | Russian Imperial Stout | 8.1 % ABV
I first brewed this RIS as an extract brew about 15 years ago and it proved very popular with my friends. More recently I have been brewing a variant every Winter. The bourbon barrel flavoring are a fairly new addition in the last two years. My target batch size is usually 5.5 gallons into the primary, but my mashing setup is pushed to the limit by the amount of grain in this recipe and to get an appropriate OG I needed to cut the water slightly since I couldn't handle any more grain in my ...
Ryans Dunkler Bock

Ryans Dunkler Bock

by Sailracer on 3/19/2015
All Grain | 5.5 Gallon(s) | Munich Dunkel | 5.1 % ABV
I have this recipe fermenting now. I split the wort into three fermentors- two one gallon batches one with the White labs yeast and the other with a package of saflager W-34/70. I'll bottle these two for doing a side by side comparison. The rest of the wort went into a bigger fermentor and will be kegged when ready.
Ryans Double Black Lager

Brew Session: Ryans Double Black Lager

by Sailracer on 12/28/2017
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
Ryans New England IPA

Brew Session: Ryans New England IPA

by Sailracer on 11/26/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
Ryans Russian Imperial Stout 2016

Brew Session: Ryans Russian Imperial Stout 2016

by Sailracer on 10/3/2016
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Conditioning  Tasting
Volume came out too large for the 5 gallon keg. Didn't boil off enough?
Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout- 2015

Brew Session: Ryans Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout- 2015

by Sailracer on 10/4/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
Ryans IPA take 6

Brew Session: Ryans IPA take 6

by Sailracer on 5/16/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation
OG came out low compared to the predicted number, but I don't know why. I usually end up pretty close. Rack to secondary on 5/23. Gravity at 1.014.
Ryans Dunkler Bock

Brew Session: Ryans Dunkler Bock

by Sailracer on 3/15/2015
 Water Infusion  Mash/Boil  Fermentation  Tasting
1 Gallon into glass carboy with dry yeast packet (rehydrated for 30 min). 1 Gallon into glass carboy with 120ml of liquid yeast starter (~70B cells) 3.5 Gallons into fermentor bucket with 480ml of liquid yeast starter (~290B cells) Aerated each fermentor for 30 minutes with 2 micron stone Kept at 60F for 16 hours during lag phase Moved to 51F for fermenting 3/21 Fermentation check- 1.020. Continue at 51F 3/23 Fermentation check- 1.020. No change. Bring up to room temp for 2 days 3/25 Fermentation check- 1.019 Rack big batch to secondary. Small batches stay in 1 gallon fermentors. Refrigerate to 36F.
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