christopherjams

christopherjams

christopherjams

Member Since 6/14/2019
36 Recipes Created
26 Brew Sessions Created

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5/18/2020 Clone Of 3 step pils Clone Of 3 step pils
4/17/2020 kippercreek summer ale kippercreek summer ale
4/17/2020 kellerpils fogg kellerpils fogg
4/11/2020 cicada summer rye cicada summer rye
4/4/2020 husk and hull husk and hull
3/29/2020 willicent bitter willicent bitter
3/22/2020 rye kolsch rye kolsch
3/22/2020 3 step pils 3 step pils
3/11/2020 Bock Bock
2/25/2020 kashama IPA kashama IPA
2/17/2020 IWCBD 2020 IWCBD 2020
2/15/2020 JPA JPA
1/19/2020 third coast beer clone third coast beer clone
1/16/2020 legacy bitter legacy bitter
1/1/2020 helles yes mk2 helles yes mk2
1/1/2020 irish stowt irish stowt
12/27/2019 count dunkel count dunkel
12/27/2019 decoction pils decoction pils
11/29/2019 ordnry bittuhr ordnry bittuhr
11/21/2019 oat malt stout oat malt stout
11/19/2019 wunderpils wunderpils
10/27/2019 days of candy xpa days of candy xpa
9/30/2019 prince william IPA prince william IPA
9/2/2019 bruckin up bruckin up
9/2/2019 reginald bixby ESB reginald bixby ESB
8/26/2019 kearney twp bitter kearney twp bitter
8/20/2019 sams porter sams porter
8/17/2019 baby’s first porter baby’s first porter
8/9/2019 bpx 1899 bpx 1899
8/3/2019 babys first cask ale babys first cask ale
7/28/2019 czech one czech one
7/28/2019 kellerpils kellerpils
7/28/2019 helles yes helles yes
6/16/2019 bayern pils bayern pils
6/14/2019 eekayjeezus bitter eekayjeezus bitter
6/14/2019 Vienna lager Vienna lager
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Brew Session: third coast beer clone

christopherjams 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

5/16-5.02 sparge pH152F mash temp5.46/1.082 first tunnings5.81/1.030 second runnings6.36/1.009 final runnings.5.52/1.040 pre-boil*added 16mL phos to BK 1.048 O.G, 5.32 post-boil. KO'd@65F. Beer was rolling the next morning.

Brew Session: kellerpils fogg

christopherjams 5/3/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 5/2-134F p-144F a-156F b-5.03 sparge pH5.47/1.062 1st runnings5.63/1.028 2nd runnings6.15/1.011 final runnings5.58/1.036 pre-boil*added 16mL phos to BK 5.25 post-boil, 1.047 O.G.--KO'd@58F, set temp controller to 52. Pitched 1 pint starter. -5/16@1.015 Set temp to 57F to wrap up ferment.

Brew Session: husk and hull

christopherjams 4/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

4/17132F p-rest144F a rest*added a couple ice cubes to hit temp156 b rest*added more boiling water to hit this temp.sparge pH 4.8--added 2g CaSO4 and maybe a little less than a gram of Ca(OH)2 to HLT. Trying to see if adding calcium to the water would keep the water from leeching calcium out. It didn't really.5.40/1.059 first runnings5.54/1.035 second runnings6.04/1.015 final runnings5.48/1.039 pre-boil*Added 6mL phos, got this down to 5.225.31 post-boil, 1.047 O.G.KO'd@54F, set temp controller ...

Brew Session: rye kolsch

christopherjams 4/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
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4/11130F p-rest (10 min)5.00 sparge pH152 s-rest (30 min)1.065/5.36 first runnigns1.030/5.70 second runnings1.009/6.22 final runnings1.038/5.60 pre-boil*added 10mL phos to BKKO'd@62F1.046 O.G., 5.24Had a bit of fuckery. HLT was leaky, which I kinda anticipated, and thought I fixed. The propane tank hooked up started to dwindle, and when I went to swap it, realized my LP regulator was fucked. Tried the backup burner I have, and was getting really poor boiling action. Finished the last 20 minutes ...

Brew Session: willicent bitter

christopherjams 4/4/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

4/4153F mash temp5.03 sparge pH5.37/1.083 1st runnings5.62/1.030 second runnings6.02/1.009 final runnings5.48/1.040 pre-boil *added 8mL phos to BK1.046 O.G., 5.26 post-boil. KO'd@65-66FStraight forward. Officially done with my current sparge set up, clearly can't keep the HLT adequately mixed.4/8@1.0184/14@1.008--kegged with dry hops.5/13. Been on tap for 3 weeks now. Burnished gold in color, with a white cap of foam. Brilliant clarity. Light lemon and herbal aromas. Chewy, nutty pale malt on ...

Brew Session: kashama IPA

christopherjams 3/29/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/29154-155F mash temp4.96 sparge pH5.37/1.081 first runnings5.53/1.043 second runnings6.02/1.012 final runnings5.44/1.047 pre-boil*added 9mL phos to BK1.057 O.G./5.26 post-boil.Smooth and easy brew. I probably need to go back to manually adding sparge water to the mashtun, or find a solution to the mixing problem I'm having with sparge liquor. There's no way my final runnings should've been as high as they were, given the HLT pH. 4/27. Tapped a week ago. Golden hued, with a light haze, sticky ...

Brew Session: 3 step pils

christopherjams 3/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/27131F p rest142F a rest158 b rest5.00 sparge pH5.4/1.063 first runnings5.63/1.028 second reunnings5.89/1.011 final runnings5.41/1.038 pre-boil*added 8mL phos to BKKO'd@54F1.048 O.G., 5.14 post-boil. Pitched 1L of 34/70 slurry, gen 2, temp controller set to 50F.4/8@1.010-1.0114/13--kegged

Brew Session: irish stowt

christopherjams 3/28/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/22153F mash rest5.34 sparge pH. 5.76/1.080 first runnings6.07/1.018 second runnings6.40/1.010 final runnings5.71/1.033 pre-boil*Added 8mL phos to BK1.040 O.G., 5.30 post-boil. Fucked up and upped my Ca(OH)2 addition by a gram, and that was clearly the wrong move.4/1@1.008. Kegged.Tasting Notes: Kicked this keg a week ago? Totally drinkable, but pretty boring. Would lover the roast by just a touch, it was a hair too dark. I would also use a different yeast. I think a more flavorful yeast ...

Brew Session: legacy bitter

christopherjams 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 2/29-147-148 mash temp, had to add maybe 16oz boiling water to hit temp. -5.11 sparge pH (1/2 spring water, not RO. Added a lot of acid to bring it in line.)-5.28/1.082 first runnings-5.40/1.036 second runnings-5.65/1.008 final runnings-5.28/1.048 pre-boil (can't remember if that was the right SG)-5.18 post-boil, 1.052 O.G.3/14@1.012. Tasting good. Will keg with dry hops. 4/2Copper color, slight off white foam, Sweet sugary malt with fruity ester and hop aromas. Caramel and candied ...

Brew Session: decoction pils

christopherjams 2/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

-132F protein rest-144 a amylase rest-156 b amylase rest-5.31 pH before decoction-5.05 sparge pH-5.28/1.062 first runnings-5.41/1.044 second runnings-5.80/1.008 final runnings-5.31/1.042 pre-boil5.24/1.052 post-boil.Straightforward, albeit long brewday. Could've used a little more water to hit that final rest temp. New pH meter worked fine for the rest of the brew, but was a pain in the ass to dial in for sparge pH. Probably added 2g or so Ca(OH)2. 2mL phos dropped the pH to the mid 3's. KO'd ...

Brew Session: helles yes mk2

christopherjams 1/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 1/18.-Protein Rest@127F for 20 minutes.-Sacch rest started at 154F, lowered temp to 152F with a small amount of room temp RO water.-5.20 sparge pH (I was not able to get a consistent, clear number for this. Not sure if it was just because of the RO or what.)-5.40/1.066 first runnings-5.54/1.032 second runnings.5.84/1.016 final runnings. 5.45/1.039 pre-boil.*Added 13mL phos to BK at boil start.*Rechecked pH and added 8mL phos 55minutes into boil.1.050 O.G., 5.19 post-boil.Straight forward ...

Brew Session: prince william IPA

christopherjams 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 1/13-154F mash temp. Added a small amount of RO (4-8oz?) to mashtun to hit target, and overshot, landing at 149F. -4.93 sparge pH-1.081/5.41 1st runnings-1.027/5.78 2nd runnings-1.009/6.22 final runnings-1.040/5.62 pre-boil*added 20 mL phos to BK to get pH in line.-1.053 O.G./5.01 post-boil.The brew itself was easy and straightforward. The fucked pH readings during the run off I think can be explained by switching vessels between mash in and sparge liquor. I used the usual HLT to heat ...

Brew Session: oat malt stout

christopherjams 1/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

153F mash temp. Corrected with small amount of cold water. 5.25 sparge pH. 1.078/5.56 1st runnings1.032//5.75 2nd runnings1.016/5.85 final runnings.1.044/5.47 pre-boil1.057 O.G., 5.18 post-boilStraight-forward brew. Third brew with the brewtech mashtun. Still dialing in the lauter speed, still ending up with more mash particulate in my BK. Maybe boiled off a little excess, and maybe got better conversion on the oats. 1/8@1.0231/11@1.015--tasting good1/19@1.013--kegged. A little behind on ...

Brew Session: wunderpils

christopherjams 12/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

131F protein rest for 15 minutes.5.03 sparge pH. 151F sacch rest for 30 minutes. *didn't add all the boiling water. Added maybe just shy of a half gallon of an RO/tap water mix to get the temp down. 5.49/1.060 first runnings5.62/1.033 second runnings5.89/1.010 final runnings5.49/1.039 pre-boil*added 13 mL phos to BK shortly after boil start5.19/1.049 post-boil/O.G.Pretty smooth, though not without some hiccups. I forgot I upped the amount of water for the second infusion. This, in combination ...

Brew Session: ordnry bittuhr

christopherjams 12/15/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 12/15. 151.5F Mash temp5.00 sparge pH5.41/1.085first runnings5.69/1.028 (1.018? I don't remember) 2nd runnings.5.96/1.006 final runnings. *Cut lauter at 6.5gal instead of 7 gal.5.63/1.037 pre-boil*Added 15mL phos and 1/2 gal RO*Rechecked pH, and added a small amount of RO water and 10mL phos. 5.10 post-boil, 1.039 O.G.First brew with my ss brewtech mashtun. Low gravity is tricky, regardless. Barely covered the mashtun's temp probe. Glad to see the mashtun's thermometer was within a few ...

Brew Session: bruckin up

christopherjams 12/8/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

12/8-134F p rest-152F s rest-5.00 sparge pH-5.42/1.069 first runnings-5.59/1.032 second runnings-5.77/1.015 final runnings-5.41/1.039 pre-boil*added 8 mL phos to bk @boil start*5.21pH 50 min into boil, added 5mL phos-1.049 O.G. 5.22 pHEasy brew. Could've used a little more acid malt, and .25-.5 gal sparge water. Thought my numbers targeted .5gal per # of grist, but they were a hair shy of that. Totally drained the hlt for the sparge. KO'd at 54F. Pitched about 1600mL of a starter slurry fed ...

Brew Session: kearney twp bitter

christopherjams 11/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Fermentation

-Brewed 11/30-151-152F mash temp.-5.07 sparge pH-5.32/1.085 first runnings.-5.58/1.024 second runnings.-5.78/1.011 final runnings-5.44/1.036 pre-boil-Added 10mL phos to BK-1.043 O.G., 5.40pH. Easy brew day. Gravity came in just a hair shy. Homegrown hops could've used more drying time. Seemed a bit wet and tacky. Will taste and evaluate once fermentation wraps up--not sure I'll dry hops with the remaining hops. TBD.12/14@1.006. Surprised to see the attenuation. Maybe fermented a hair too warm ...

Brew Session: days of candy xpa

christopherjams 11/23/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

151F mash temp. 5.03 sparge pH5.34/1.085 1st runnings5.56/1.026 2nd runnings5.88/1.011 final runnings.5.38/1.041 pre-boil. *Added 7ml phos to kettle.5.19/1.052 post-boil.Smooth brew. Surprised by some runnings pH values given the sparge pH. Probably boiled just a touch too hard. Actually able to KO at a quick pace. Wrapped up in about 3.5 hours. Brilliant gold, white foam. Bright fruit aromatics, tangerine, apricot. Sweet hop fruitiness and bitterness on the palate. A bit of malt sweetness on ...

Brew Session: baby’s first porter

christopherjams 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

35% RO/Remainder A2 H2O152F mash temp5.25 sparge pH5.53/1.086 first runnings5.73/1.032 second runnings5.93/1.013 final runnings5.47/1.041-42 pre-boil1.055 O.G., 5.22 post-boilKO'd@68Easy brew--ran out of O2, didn't oxygenate. 11/16@1.012. Kegged and top carbed. 12/22. Tapped probably 4 weeks ago? Jet black with a hint of ruby at the glass's edge. Khaki foam. Cooked sugar and molasses, chocolate, with a hint of roasty dark malt in the nose. Medium-low bodied, smooth on the palate, with a wealth ...

Brew Session: czech one

christopherjams 10/6/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Strike temp too hot for p-rest. Added almost 1/2gal RO (room temp) to get temp down to 134F. Held for 15 mintues. Added 1/2 gal water to HLT to hit sacch temp. Overshot it a good bit., and added about 24oz tap water to get down to 153. Held for 30 minutes. Mash ph 5.11. Removed a third of the mash and performed a decoction, boiling for 15 minutes, then adding back to main mash. Hit 165F mash out temp.-5.18/1.055 first runnings.-5.17/1.050 2nd runnings.-5.45/1.010 final runnings.-5.13/1.038 ...

Brew Session: reginald bixby ESB

christopherjams 9/14/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Tasting Notes

Brewed 9/14-Water 75% RO, 25% A2 H2O-153F mash temp-5.20 sparge pH-5.40/1.083 1st runnings.-5.65/1.028 2nd runnings.-5.98/1.009 final runnings.-5.39/1.038 pre-boil.*Added 10mL phos (10%) during boil.1.052 O.G., 5.05 post-boil.KO'd@74F, Put in ferm chamber to get to 64-66F. Easy brew. Surprised to see some weird pH during the run-off. These larger batch sizes are a little tricky. Finished@1.010

Brew Session: kellerpils

christopherjams 8/31/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Mash/Boil
  • Fermentation
  • Tasting Notes

133F protein rest temp. Had to add 12-16oz of cold A2 water to get temp in line. Held for 15 minutes5.20 sparge pH. (about .25gal A2 water)153F sacch rest. Held for 30 minutes, then began vorlaufing.1.069/5.47 first runnings.1.035/5.59 2nd runnings1.011/6.03 final runnings.1.040/5.53 pre-boil. Added 13mL phos to BK.1.052 O.G., 5.28 post-boil.Brew was pretty smooth overall. After checking my 2nd runnings, I added 5mL phos to the last 2 gal of sparge water I had. Surprisingly, I ended up with the ...

Brew Session: babys first cask ale

christopherjams 8/18/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

151-152 mash temp. 5.20 sparge lqr pH. 5.28/1.083 first runnings. 5.54/1.024 2nd runnings (3.5gal). 5.58/1.024 final runnings. 5.43/1.035 pre-boil. 1.047 O.G., 5.18 post-boil. All in all smooth brew day. Made Invert#2 the day before. Added just before EOB. The rest of the numbers checked out, so I'm wondering if the ppg is incorrect/inconsistent for darker shades of invert.—EDIT adjusted invert ppl, should be correct as 36ppg. 18 hours later, in the ferm chamber, parked at 68F, starting to ...

Brew Session: helles yes

christopherjams 8/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Tasting Notes

-Brewed 8/10-Protein rest @ 132F (20 min)-Sachh Rest @152 (added small amount of room temp RO to hit temp) (40 min)-Vorlaufed briefly, then checked mash pH @ 5.46-Pulled between 1/4 and a 1/3 of the mash into a separate pot to decoct. Babied the flame, and took considerable time to come to boil. Boiled this decoction for 10 minutes, then added back to mash. Only brought mash temp up to 155F-ish.-Vorlaufed for 5 minutes after adding decoction back to main mash, and lautered. -5.37 mash/1.062 ...

Brew Session: bayern pils

christopherjams 7/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 7/28. Last minute decided to revisit step-mashing! Added 2.6gal 155F water at dough-in. Added 1qt cold tap water to hit a 133F protein rest temp. 20 min rest, then added 1.5gal boiling water to hit 148F sacch rest. Not satisfied, I added another 16oz of boiling water, which brought the rest to 149F. 4 gal sparge at 5.25pH. 1.058/5.57 first runnings. Added 3mL phosphoric to MT. 1.038/5.70 mid-runnings. Added 2mL phos to MT, and 5mL phos to BK. 1.030/5.73 final runnings. 1.040/5.57 ...

Brew Session: eekayjeezus bitter

christopherjams 6/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Mash/Boil
  • Fermentation

152F mash temp. 5.27 sparge liquor pH (5.75gal). 1.084/5.30 first runnings. 1.027/5.58 mid runnings. 1.011/5.76 final runnings. 1.038/5.35 pre-boil. 1.048 O.G., 5.18 post-boil. Pretty smooth brew. Missed the mash temp by several degrees, which was a bit surprising, given my strike temp. Probably boiled just a hair too hard. Guessing I would have landed at 1.046/1.047 otherwise. K/O'd wort at 69F, oxygenated the wort for 30 seconds, and pitched a pack of WLP023.

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