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12/8/2023 ALTBIER 42 ALTBIER 42
9/11/2023 PUB ALE PUB ALE
6/12/2023 YPSI 200 YPSI 200
5/18/2023 BATCH 2000 COLD IPA 20BBL BATCH 2000 COLD IPA 20BBL
10/17/2022 DIPA 50BBL DIPA 50BBL
9/14/2022 LV BBL 21 LV BBL 21
9/14/2022 LV BBL 22 LV BBL 22
8/14/2022 kippercreek summer ale 22 kippercreek summer ale 22
8/3/2022 jugglers return--RATPAD jugglers return--RATPAD
7/27/2022 hazy pale RATPAD hazy pale RATPAD
5/10/2022 OFEST 22 OFEST 22
5/6/2022 te q3 22 te q3 22
4/14/2022 danktrunk IPA danktrunk IPA
4/12/2022 xpa xpa
3/19/2022 horned lark mk2 horned lark mk2
3/8/2022 eighth house lager eighth house lager
2/7/2022 honeycreeper xpa mk2 honeycreeper xpa mk2
2/7/2022 honeycreeper IPA honeycreeper IPA
2/5/2022 novakova svetle lezak novakova svetle lezak
2/5/2022 oats-in-the-dark mk3 oats-in-the-dark mk3
1/31/2022 oats-in-the-darkness imperial stout oats-in-the-darkness imperial stout
1/21/2022 vogelhaus pils--isaria vogelhaus pils--isaria
1/14/2022 amalamadingdong pale amalamadingdong pale
1/14/2022 dented crown cold IPA mk2 dented crown cold IPA mk2
11/23/2021 titmouse bitter titmouse bitter
11/23/2021 plumage extra pale plumage extra pale
11/17/2021 vogelhaus pils--select vogelhaus pils--select
11/15/2021 horned lark IPA horned lark IPA
11/12/2021 sharp shinned london porter sharp shinned london porter
11/12/2021 vogelhaus pils--tettnang vogelhaus pils--tettnang
11/12/2021 times new london IPA times new london IPA
11/12/2021 novakova 21 novakova 21
11/7/2021 rooks eye tmave pivo rooks eye tmave pivo
11/5/2021 revisionism IPA revisionism IPA
11/3/2021 tanager ESB tanager ESB
10/24/2021 oats-in-the-dark mk2 oats-in-the-dark mk2
10/13/2021 liberty saaz pils liberty saaz pils
10/11/2021 pennys porter mk3 pennys porter mk3
10/11/2021 kearney twp stout mk2 kearney twp stout mk2
10/7/2021 marbled emperor IPA marbled emperor IPA
10/5/2021 swimming bird bitter swimming bird bitter
9/30/2021 geologic stratum IPA geologic stratum IPA
9/28/2021 dented crown cold IPA dented crown cold IPA
9/28/2021 rustic lager rustic lager
9/22/2021 dreihundert kellerpils dreihundert kellerpils
9/19/2021 golden goat IPA golden goat IPA
7/23/2021 german IPA german IPA
7/17/2021 festbier 21 festbier 21
7/16/2021 house of wren bitter house of wren bitter
6/12/2021 brood x rye pale brood x rye pale
6/3/2021 kellerpils kellerpils
6/3/2021 kolsch kolsch
6/3/2021 space witch lager space witch lager
3/25/2021 space fist IPA space fist IPA
3/17/2021 tst pils tst pils
3/17/2021 cache out pale cache out pale
3/10/2021 colorways IPA colorways IPA
3/7/2021 kippercreek summer ale 21 kippercreek summer ale 21
2/26/2021 herbonium IPA herbonium IPA
2/6/2021 wau wau pils wau wau pils
2/6/2021 novakova mk2 novakova mk2
1/28/2021 helles helles
1/27/2021 pale burnt lake pale burnt lake
1/27/2021 kearney twp stout kearney twp stout
1/22/2021 another moon mission another moon mission
1/19/2021 italian pils italian pils
1/11/2021 flowin robes IPA flowin robes IPA
1/2/2021 sky high rye clone sky high rye clone
12/11/2020 island magic island magic
12/11/2020 chignon IPA chignon IPA
12/7/2020 hedgerow gold hedgerow gold
12/2/2020 our deal pale ale our deal pale ale
12/1/2020 riposte rye pale riposte rye pale
11/24/2020 makutu motu pils makutu motu pils
11/24/2020 binary star kellerpils binary star kellerpils
11/23/2020 oats-in-the-dark oats-in-the-dark
11/18/2020 marston thor cold IPA marston thor cold IPA
11/14/2020 seasons reversing seasons reversing
11/14/2020 hort 9909 pils hort 9909 pils
11/14/2020 adeena pils adeena pils
11/14/2020 gentle reins gentle reins
10/25/2020 cold crop roggenpils cold crop roggenpils
10/24/2020 boddies clone boddies clone
10/19/2020 zauberberg pils zauberberg pils
10/12/2020 pennys porter pennys porter
9/7/2020 township pils township pils
8/24/2020 reginald bixby esb reginald bixby esb
8/19/2020 pineapple dreams pineapple dreams
8/15/2020 rauch rauch baby rauch rauch baby
8/1/2020 british pale ale RATPAD british pale ale RATPAD
7/26/2020 township bitter township bitter
7/26/2020 golden dawn IPA golden dawn IPA
7/26/2020 novakova novakova
7/22/2020 summer IPA kashama slight return summer IPA kashama slight return
7/20/2020 festbier festbier
5/18/2020 3 step pils mk2 3 step pils mk2
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 lodge lager lodge lager
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
Date Added Name

Brew Session: liberty saaz pils

christopherjams 4/8/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

4/84.88 HLT pH132F149F5.29/1.059 first5.34 second5.63/1.010 final5.34/1.040 pre*7mL H3PO4@EOB50F KO5.24 post1.046 OGPitched 800mL gen4 bayernEasy brew. Getting boil rates dialed in to hit OG targets is the most difficult part of brewing at the new house. My pre boil gravity put it on target

Brew Session: dented crown cold IPA mk2

christopherjams 4/6/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

4/64.80 pH132F149F5.36/1.066 first5.43 second5.65 /1.020 final5.42/1.048 pre*5mL H3PO45mL H3PO4@EOB60-62F KO5.25 post1.054 O.G.Pitched gen2 WY2565Straight forward brew. Ran out of propane, had to boil the last 15' on my stove top. Certainly not as vigorous. That's a factor in the low OG. Actively fermenting 18 hours later.4/[email protected]@61F. Put carboy wrap on it, and set heater to 64F.

Brew Session: horned lark mk2

christopherjams 3/29/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/294.89pH HLT149F5.25/1.080 first5.44 second5.65/1.016 final5.35/1.049 pre *5mL H3PO4@boil start*5mL H3PO4@[email protected] post1.056 O.G.Easy brew. Set controller to 68F, fermenting 18 hours later.

Brew Session: vogelhaus pils--isaria

christopherjams 3/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/114.88 HLT133F151F5.27/1.050 first5.37/1.031 second5.61/1.012 final5.31/1.032 pre*moved to 90' boil1.040 OG 5.21 post56F KOPitched gen 2 bayernmash efficiency was pretty low, extended the boil time to try to get closer to target. Still came in quite short. 3/[email protected]@56F3/[email protected]

Brew Session: eighth house lager

christopherjams 3/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/224.83 HLT132-133F15010' decoction5.32/1.062-1.063 first5.38 second5.71/1.008 final5.35/1.042 pre3mL [email protected] O.G.5.32 postKO@56FPitched an indeterminate amount of yeast from the isaria lager directly from its carboy, immediately after kegging it. It couldn't have been any less than 500mL. Set controller to 51F, was fermenting less than 18 hours later.

Brew Session: kolsch

christopherjams 3/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/254.83 HLT133F152F5.29/1.061 first5.40 second5.65/1.009-1.010 final5.35/1.038 pre5mL [email protected] OG5.28 post (?)62F KO(1) pack WY2565Easy brew. Low gravity was the result from boil rate. Pre boil gravity came in on point.

Brew Session: amalamadingdong pale

christopherjams 3/4/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/44.80 HLT148F mash5.18/1.081 first5.375.62/1.008 final5.27/1.041 pre1.044 OG5.25 post66F KOEasy brew. Pre-boil gravity was a couple points higher than I guessed. I tried to dial in the boil to not overshoot to the gravity too far. Guessing efficiency was closer to 77-78%. Set to 68F, was fermenting by 7AM on 3/5.3/[email protected]@71F3/[email protected] with dry hops--split the DH 1/2 each Amarillo and Chinook.Golden orange, good clarity. White foam. Light citrus and pine aromatics with a malty ...

Brew Session: novakova svetle lezak

christopherjams 2/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/254.87 HLT133F148F*Pulled decoction at 20' instead of 30'5.29/1.064 first5.39 second5.70/1.008 final5.33/1.039 pre*7mL [email protected] OG5.26 postKO@56FPitched decanted 1L starter (2) bayern into 1L starter)=~500mL3/[email protected]@58F3/[email protected]@58FApparently I took no notes. This beer was much like the previous versions of it I have brewed. Sometimes it came across as being too clean. Maybe with additional lagering time, I would've been able to better discern the ingredients, but as it was, it ...

Brew Session: honeycreeper IPA

christopherjams 2/21/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/214.88 HLT133F149F5.33/1.063-1.064 first5.41 second5.61/1.019 final5.39/1.047 pre*5mL H3PO4@ boil start*5mL H3PO4@ EOB1.054 O.G., 5.23 postKO@64FEasy brew, but seemed to have some mash efficiency issues. With the high gravity final runnings, I wonder if there was some channeling. Bumped up the boil time to 75' to make up the gravity difference. KO temps remain difficult to dial in with the cold ground water. Set controller to 68F, pitched 600mL ish WY1318 from plumage pale ale. Was beginning ...

Brew Session: rooks eye tmave pivo

christopherjams 2/15/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/155.30 hlt132F p152 s10' d5.26/1.065 first5.38 second5.65/1.010 final5.25/1.043 pre5.15/1.049 postKO'd@56FPitched 800mL bayern from pilsset controller to 53Feasy brew, just long with the decoction. dark wort plus noble hops was quite the pleasant smell.2/[email protected]@57F2/[email protected]@58FTapped...a week ago?Very dark brown, almost black, with plenty of garnet peaking through glass edges. Khaki foam. Subtle cocoa and molasses. Soft dark chocolate chip cookie on the palate. There's a whimsical saaz ...

Brew Session: horned lark IPA

christopherjams 2/11/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/114.93 HLT149F mash5.24/1.080-1.081 first5.38 second5.68/1.013 final5.29/1.050 pre*9mL [email protected] O.G./5.19 post68F KOPitched 800mL-ish WY1275 from Times New London, set controller to 68F2/[email protected]@72F2/[email protected]@72FDeeply golden, sticky white foam. Bright citrus zest notes with some subtle fresh apricots. Medium-bodied, with a mix of hop and malt sweetness. More stone fruit leaning on the palate, with citrus pith showing up as the sweetness abates. Softness on the palate collapses ...

Brew Session: oats-in-the-dark mk3

christopherjams 2/7/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/75.45-5.50 HLT152F mash temp (closer to 40')5.18/1.075-1.076 first5.31 second5.57/1.013 final5.12/1.049 pre*1/4tsp Ca(OH)2 @ boil start1/4tsp Ca(OH)2 @ 10'>EOB1.055 O.G., 5.11 postKO'd@58F, set temp controller to 70FEasy brew. 2/[email protected]/[email protected]

Brew Session: plumage extra pale

christopherjams 2/4/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/44.92 HLT149F mash5.23/1.078 first5.41 second5.70/1.010 final5.32/1.042 pre*8mL [email protected] O.G., 5.23 postKO@68F, set controller to 69F. Easy peasy brew. 2/[email protected]@72F. Bumped up to 74F. Hopefully keg in the next dew days. 2/[email protected]@74FApparently didn't take any proper notes. This beer was grossly under-bittered. I have since adjusted calculations for IBU for WP additions. Had it been bolstered by a proper bitterness, this would've been a bit more interesting. Instead it was something I ...

Brew Session: vogelhaus pils--select

christopherjams 2/1/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

2/14.93 HLT135 p150-152 s5.20/1.063 first5.32 second5.59/1.008-1.009 final5.27/1.038-1.039 preKO@56-57F*5mL [email protected] OG/5.22 post-boilPitched 600-700mL Bayern from pils. Set controller to 56F. Bumped down to 52F 18 hours later when it had krausen.2/[email protected]@56F. Wrapping up, tasting good. Will likely keg this weekend. 2/[email protected]@57F.Didn't take any proper notes. This beer was pretty much identical outside some of shifts in hop character. Delicious and crushable. ...

Brew Session: times new london IPA

christopherjams 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

1/244.88 HLT153F mash rest5.18/1.079 first5.28 second5.58/1.012 final5.21/1.045 pre-boil*7mL [email protected] O.G., 5.22 post-boilKO'd@66F, set controller to 68F. Straight forward brew. Didn't have much wind to contend with during the boil, so I ended up boiling a bit too hard. OG would've likely been on point. Fresh Idaho 7 smelled excellent. 1/[email protected]@72F1/[email protected]@72F--dropped temp to 65F2/[email protected] kegged with dh2/12--Gold tone, white sticky foam. Sweet tropical fruit with light tangerine zest ...

Brew Session: sharp shinned london porter

christopherjams 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

1/195.22 HLT5.21/1.076 first5.35 second5.63/1.009 final5.22/1.045 pre*1/2tsp Ca(OH)2 @EOB1.047 OG/5.12 postKO'D@68FNice 'n easy. 5.40 would've been a better HLT target. Little bit of Ca(OH)2 got everything in line. My yield was definitely high, so I'm not surprised that the difference between my pre and post boil gravities was low. But 2 points? I am suspect of the pre-boil number. Anyhow, it was windy as shit outside, so my boil was certainly inconsistent. Pitched 700-ish mL WY1275 slurry. Set ...

Brew Session: vogelhaus pils--tettnang

christopherjams 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

1/124.83 HLT pH134F p151F s5.26/1.063 first5.35 second5.67/1.009 final5.33/1.039-1.040 pre*5mL [email protected] OG, 5.20 postKO@46-50FEasy brew. KO'd a bit too cold, and let warm up to 50-54F before pitching 3 packs of Bayern. Controller set to 54F.1/[email protected]@58F1/[email protected]@63F1/[email protected]/31--kegged

Brew Session: tanager ESB

christopherjams 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

1/94.80 HLT152F mash5.20/1.079 first5.37 second5.71/1.008 final5.28/1.045 pre1.049 O.G., 5.18 postKO'D@68F-ishSimple brew, but a bit helter skelter in the new house. Exceptionally windy yesterday, and boiling outside--real difficult to dial in the boil rate, finished the last ten minutes on the stovetop. As such, boil off was a little low, and likely would've hit 1.051 OG. Set controller to 69F, and was bubbling away this morning (1/10). 1/[email protected]@71F1/[email protected]/18 kegged with dry hopsDeep ...

Brew Session: revisionism IPA

christopherjams 11/22/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/214.70 HLT5.21/1.081 first5.30 second5.61/1.015 final5.27/1.052 pre-boil*5mL H3PO4@[email protected] O.G., 5.17 postPitched 500mL WY1275 from bitter, set controller to 68F11/22, Rockin' and rollin'. Set to 69F. Will move up a degree each day until 71F. 11/[email protected]@71F. Tasting great, digging the hop blend. Complex, interesting, but not overblown. Set temp to 68F. Will recheck in a couple days and keg with dry hops. Tapped many weeks ago. Pours a warm golden tone, with a white cap of foam. ...

Brew Session: novakova 21

christopherjams 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/174.79 HLT133F p151 s5' decoction5.36/1.060-1.061 first5.49 second5.72/1.010 final5.40/1.036 pre*7mL H3PO4@boil start5.24 post, 1.046 O.G.KO@66FSet temp controller to 50F, will pitch yeast at or below 55F, then set controller to 51F. Pretty easy brew. A little surprised at the pH of the first runnings, but nothing that was out of spec. Could've used a touch more acid at EOB. Excited for this, perhaps because it may get some actual lagering time before serving. Future batches, I think the OG ...

Brew Session: oats-in-the-dark mk2

christopherjams 11/11/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/115.18 HLT pH148F mash5.25/1.073 first5.34 second5.65/1.015 final5.26/1.047 pre1/8tsp Ca(OH)2 5>EOB68F KO5.12/1.055 postPitched 500 mL Brit V slurry from Penny's PorterSuper smooth brew. Efficiency was a touch low. I expected to land at 1.053, given my pre-boil gravity. But with low hopping rates, I didn't miss any fermenter volume. Set temp controller to 68F. 11/[email protected]@74F. Though not quite done, it's tasting quite nice. Pretty darn smooth, big chocolate bars vibes. 11/[email protected]. ...

Brew Session: dented crown cold IPA

christopherjams 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/84.76 HLT134F 15'150F 40'5.33/1.065 first5.39 second5.65/1.014 final 5.36/1.045 pre5mL H3PO4 30' into boil5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.18 post, KO@66FPitched 800mL BayernSet controller to 58FPre-boil gravity came in shy, so I bumped up the boil time to 90'. Should've still missed the gravity by a couple points, but it looks like I boiled a bit too hard and lost a bit of volume. Yeast was harvested just a couple hours before and ready to go--beer was blowing off about 6 hours after KO. This ...

Brew Session: swimming bird bitter

christopherjams 11/2/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/24.84 HLT pH151-152 mash rest5.22/1.073 first5.39 second5.63/1.007 final5.31/1.038 pre5mL [email protected] OG, 5.26 post, KO@70FSuper smooth, easy brew. Set temp controller to 69F, actively fermenting 18 hours later. Will bump up 70F at end of day, then 71F tomorrow.11/[email protected]@71F11/[email protected]@65F. Kegged with dry hops. Reduced the golding dry hop by .25oz. 11/25. Tapped about 10 days ago. Color is about right on 5-6 SRM. White foam. Pretty clear. Sweet malt, light biscuit, and floral ...

Brew Session: pennys porter mk3

christopherjams 10/29/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

10/[email protected] mash 5.24/1.078 first5.35 second5.63/1.009 final5.20/1.043-1.044 pre5.11 post/1.054 OG/68F KOEasy brew. Added 1/8tsp Ca(OH)2 to the BK to bring pH back up a touch. 11/[email protected]@74F. Tasting good, still wrapping up. Will keep swirling carboy and recheck 11/5.11/ @1.013. Never jotted down notes, but it was pretty comparable to the other times I brewed it. More sessionable than perhaps it let on. I'd have to look back at previous batches, but I felt like this batch had poor ...

Brew Session: rustic lager

christopherjams 10/26/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

10/264.85 HLT132F p rest150F s rest5' d5.20 mash pH5.18/1.062 first5.24 second5.61/1.006 final5.26/1.039 pre3mL H3PO4 @[email protected] OG, 5.18 postPitched 800 mL gen 3 bayern @54F~4 hours after KO. Controller set to 52F. 11/[email protected]@57F. Gravity has been corrected for temperature. Tasting pretty good, and hoppier than I would've guessed! Will recheck 11/5, and keg if gravity is stable.11/27. Tapped maybe 10 days ago? Maybe closer to two weeks. Pours deeply golden, 5-6SRM. Magical, unfading foam. ...

Brew Session: geologic stratum IPA

christopherjams 10/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

10/194.81 HLT147F mash temp5.19/1.081 first5.31 second5.54/1.014 final5.25/1.050 pre*5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.17 post, KO@69F, pitched 800mL gen2 WY1318Sooper easy brew. Nice KO temps. Will set temp controller on it tomorrow. 10/[email protected]/[email protected] w dry hopsDole fruit cup. Pineapple juice. Juicy and languid on the tongue, a big smattering of ripe fruit, papaya, peaches, maybe a bit of pear. Malt is sweet with lightly toasty notes, propping up the fruit platter the Strata serves ...

Brew Session: dreihundert kellerpils

christopherjams 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

10/124.69 HLT133F p151F s 5.20/1.059 first5.28 second5.59/1.010 final5.30/1.037 pre*cut 5' from boil to keep gravity in line5mL H3PO4 EOB1.046 O.G., 5.19 post, 70-71KO. Easy peasey, pitched 1L of Bayern slurry from space witch. Controller set to 52F. Probably boiled a touch too hard. Cutting boil time was the right move. 10/[email protected]

Brew Session: golden goat IPA

christopherjams 10/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

10/34.81 HLT pH150F mash rest5.19/1.080 first5.35 second5.53/1.015 final5.26/1.048 pre*5mL [email protected] OG, 5.12 post-boilKO@76FEasy brew. Pitched 800mL-ish of WY1318 from House of Wren into it. Put it in the ferm chamber to drop the temp down to 68F, then left in the basement, which is currently sitting between 68-70F. 10/23--Golden orange hued. Resin and preserved lemon aromas. Overripe pear and pine sap on the palate, sticky, coating bitterness. Malt balances the equation, but weighs ...

Brew Session: space witch lager

christopherjams 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

9/274.85 HLT pH132F p rest152-153 s rest5.18/1.057 first5.31 second5.58/1.008 final5.28/1.036 pre5.32/1.046 post*added 2-3mL H3PO4 at EOB.KO@76FpH was 5.23 before acid addition, I expect post-boil pH was around 5.15.Set controller to 55F, pitched 3 OYL-114.10/[email protected]/[email protected]/11--kegged10/23--Sweet grainy aromas with a touch of sulfur. Sweet pils and subtle corn on the palate. Bitterness brings balance. Hop character was the right balance of interesting and passive. Never called too much ...

Brew Session: house of wren bitter

christopherjams 9/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

9/19148F4.80 HLT pH5.18/1.076 first5.33 2nd5.55/1.012 final5.25/1.041 pre*5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.18 post-boil.KO'd@75FEasy brew day, after almost 2 months of not brewing. Efficiency was 73%, I'm guessing in part due to the GNO, which I ran through the mill twice. I doubt all the grain was crushed. Anyhow. Set temp controller to 70F. 10/14--Burnt golden orange color. Aromas of orange honey glaze, with a raw hop note. Chewy mandelbrot and granola on the palate, the watered down last sip of an ...

Brew Session: brood x rye pale

christopherjams 7/28/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

7/284.50 HLT151 mash rest5.17/1.076 first runnings5.35 second5.57/1.013 final5.28/1.045 pre*3mL H3PO4 @EOB1.052 O.G., 5.25 post-boilKO'd@78F, set controller to 68F.x2 O2Pitched 1L WY1318 slurry from summer ale.Bumped up to 70F after it hit 68F. Reduced set temp to 68F 24hours later, with a solid krausen.Life got in the way of this beer a bit. 10/[email protected]. Pours pale gold, 3 SRM. Sweet citrus aromas, with light flowery notes. Light bready malt beneath the lemon, bitter orange, and mineral hop ...

Brew Session: kellerpils

christopherjams 7/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
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7/16132F p152 s4.66pH HLT5.16/1.059 first5.30 second5.55/1.009 final5.20/1.039 pre*3mL [email protected] O.G., 5.17 postKO'd@72FSet temp controller to 52, and pitched 4 hours after KO, when FV hit 57F. Smooth and easy brew, efficiency should stay at 72%, I had to switch out a propane tank toward the the end of boil, and boiled a bit hard for bit.

Brew Session: kippercreek summer ale 21

christopherjams 7/8/2021 12:00:00 AM
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7/8150-151F mash temp4.80 HLT pH5.14/1.081 first5.30 second5.56/1.008 final *5mL H3PO4@last sparge addition5.21/1.039 pre-boil*5mL H3PO4@[email protected] post-boil, 1.045 O.G.Ran a 60' mash rest due to schedule/lunch plans. Put in ferm chamber, will pitch yeast soon, and leave in the ferm chamber for the first 48 hours, set to 70F.*Keeping efficiency as is, I think I ended up with higher gravity due to the longer mash rest.7/[email protected]. Tasting good, will recheck tomorrow and keg/dh as needed. ...

Brew Session: herbonium IPA

christopherjams 6/13/2021 12:00:00 AM
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6/134.71 HLT152F rest5.29/1.080 first5.40 3.5gal5.51 5gal5.69/1.013 final5.33/1.049 pre-boil8mL H3PO4 EOB1.057 O.G., 5.23 post-boilBoil wasn't quite dialed in at first, so I ran it for 65 minutes, otherwise easy brew, KO'd at 72F. It's getting hot. Pitched WY1275 gen 2 from cache out pale. Will put in ferm chamber to bring down to 68F. [email protected]/21. Tapped...maybe close to two weeks ago? Rich golden color, with sticky white foam. Dense hop resin aromas, with some sweet pine sap. Chewy ...

Brew Session: tst pils

christopherjams 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM
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5/31HLT: 4.60 pH133F P152-153 S (6-7mL H3PO4)5.25/1.058 first5.39 second 25mL H3PO45.71/1.009 final5.31/1.038 pre-boil*5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.17 [email protected] brew, set temp controller to 53F. 6/3 Took a good minute to start fermenting, over 48 hours later. Hopefully there aren't any issues. I let the FV warm up to 60F -ish before it finally got rolling. Lowered the temp down to 52F. I was very close to pitching some 34/70 [email protected]/5/21 Straw gold with fluffy white ...

Brew Session: cache out pale

christopherjams 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM
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5/284.77 HLT150F@9:45*Added .25gal 212F H2O@9:55, to hit 152F*5mL H3PO45.27/1.074 first5.88 second *25-30mL H3PO4 to MT6.07/1.007 final5.48/1.038 pre *13mL H3PO4*5mL H3PO4@EOBKO'[email protected] O.G., 5.17 postEasy brew, but a little out of practice. WP maybe 25' due to naptime. Set temp controller to [email protected] with dh7/4/21 Golden color, white foam, moderate clarity. Citrus melange, peach gummy candies, sugary creme wafer aromas. Soft, subtle biscotti layered with dried stollen citrus ...

Brew Session: novakova mk2

christopherjams 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM
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4/194.79 HLTpH134F p rest152F s rest5' decoction5.37/1.060 first5.77 second--added 25-30mL H3PO4 to MT throughout back half of lauter5.84/1.006 final5.42/1.035 pre*added 8mL H3PO4*10mL H3PO4@10'>EOB3mL [email protected] O.G., 5.12 post-boilKO'd@56F, set temp controller to 51F. Pitched 800mL slurry of gen 2 Bayern from pils.5/12 (?) 1.010-1.011 Tasting good.5/[email protected] kegged.6/3 Pale gold with dense, white foam. Light, bready malt notes in nose, with soft, flowery hops and lemon zest piled on top. ...

Brew Session: wau wau pils

christopherjams 3/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

3/214.79 HLT pH133-134F p-rest151-152F s rest5.24/1.060 first5.45 second 5mL H3PO4>MT6.08/1.008 final5.34/1.038 pre-boil, 3mL H3PO4>BK5mL H3PO4@[email protected] O.G., 5.17 post-boilPitched gen2 Bayern yeast from helles, 800ish mL Set temp controller to 51F.Easy brew. Efficiency was probably right, I boiled off a bit too much.

Brew Session: flowin robes IPA

christopherjams 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM
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3/174.55 HLTpH150F5.36/1.081 first5.49 second 4mL H3PO4>MT6.26/1.011 final 8mL H3PO4 to BK5.28/1.048 pre5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.15 postKO@65-68F, set controller to 70F.

Brew Session: helles

christopherjams 3/6/2021 12:00:00 AM
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3/6133F p rest 15'151 s rest 30'10' decoction5.25/1.063 first runnings5.65 second, 6mL phos to MT toward end of lauter6.06/1.008 final5.31/1.038 pre-boilw/ 3mL phos@EOBKO'[email protected] O.G., 5.23 post-boilPitched (1) 12/20 bayern, (2)2/21 bayern, set temp controller to 53FStraight forward brew. Boiled over a bit, and lost a bit of my FWH. Hopefully didn't lost much bittering potential. Combined with the volume loss, I boiled a bit too hard for the first 30'. Efficiency was probably pretty close to ...

Brew Session: kearney twp stout

christopherjams 2/21/2021 12:00:00 AM
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2/214.80 HLT pH153F mash temp5.36/1.077 first runnings5.65 second runnings5.91/1.010 final5.50/1.035-1.036 pre-boil, plus 5mL phos. 5.30 pHplus 2mL phos at EOB5.17/1.042 post-boilKO'd at 68F, set temp controller to 70F. Some notes...Color wasn't dark enough. Needed a bit more roast. WY1275 was a good choice for the beer, it delivered a pleasant depth of character that you can't achieve with Guiness's yeast. Unfortunately, there was a dispense issue, and 3-4 gallons of the beer emptied itself ...

Brew Session: pale burnt lake

christopherjams 2/18/2021 12:00:00 AM
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2/184.80 HLT pH150F mash temp5.29/1.079 first runnings5.45 second6.04/1.011 final 5.31/1.041 pre-boil@8:00*brought to a boil and cut heat so I could boil about 4 hours later5.26/1.043 pre-boil@12:30Added 5mL phos at EOBKO'd@68F, set temp controller to 69F1.050 O.G., 5.16 post boil.Easy brew. As long as there aren't any weird off flavors or problems, I'd say this was a pretty useful brew schedule. Efficiency was a tad higher than I would've guessed. Still got a solid FV volume.2/[email protected]@71F. ...

Brew Session: another moon mission

christopherjams 2/13/2021 12:00:00 AM
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2/13HLT: 4.53132 10'152 30'5.23/1.058 first5.56 second--10mL phos>MT end of lauter5.76/1.012 final5.56/1.039 pre-boil--15mL phos>BK(5.14)3mL [email protected] O.G., 5.03 post-boil.KO'd@54F. Pitched gen3 Bayern, set temp controller to 52F.Super easy brew. O.G. was a point high, but I think it was just a little too much boil-off. Efficiency was probably on point at 72%. 2/[email protected]@59F, corrected to 1.010. Tasting good. Will recheck in a few days.2/[email protected]@60F, corrected to 1.008. Will check again in ...

Brew Session: chignon IPA

christopherjams 1/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
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1/[email protected]/1.079 first5.52 plus 5mL phos>MT@end of lauter--second5.80/1.014 final5.41/1.047 pre (plus 12mL phos)*5mL [email protected] post-boil, 1.055 O.G.KO'd at 64F. It was difficult to dial in KO temp. Set carboy heated to 69F. Pitched gen2 WY1275 from island magic. Efficiency was lower than expected. Ripped and roared. Had krausen within 12 hours after KO.@69F 48 hours@71F 48 hours2/[email protected]@72F. Tasting good, dropped temp to 65F. Golden color, white foam, with mild haze. Fresh cut ...

Brew Session: makutu motu pils

christopherjams 1/24/2021 12:00:00 AM
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1/24133F, 10'152', 30'4.76 HLT pH5.25/1.057 first5.57 2nd ( 10mL phos to MT last half of lauter)5.90/1.014 final5.57/1.037 pre ( 15mL phos)( 5mL phos@EOB)1.047 O.G., 5.05 postKO@50F (!) Pitched 800mL gen2 lager yeast from last pils.Set to 51F.Volume was a touch low, between boil off and and end of boil boil over (?). Probably 70% efficiency. 2/[email protected], 62°F. Will keg soon. Tasting a touch resinous, but not totally out of character for a pilsner.

Brew Session: island magic

christopherjams 1/16/2021 12:00:00 AM
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1/164.78 HLT pH151-152F mash temp5.31/1.080 first5.58 second 5mL phos to MT near end of lauter5.97/1.010 final5.57/1.045 pre-boil 15mL phos 5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.10 post-boilKO'd at 68F. Set temp controller to 69FEasy brew day. Not terribly surprised, but wort was pretty murky without the hop strainer. 1/17--blowing off 24 hours later. 1/[email protected]@73F. Kicked it up to 74F, swirled it aboot. Tasting good. Will recheck 1/24.1/[email protected]@74F--corrected to 1.009. Set to 68F. Will confirm ...

Brew Session: hort 9909 pils

christopherjams 1/10/2021 12:00:00 AM
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1/104.87 HLT pH135F 10'150 30'5.35/1.058 first5.7 second *10mL phos added to BK near end of sparge??? final5.40/1.037 pre-boil*13mL phos5mL phos @EOB1.047/5.05 post-boilKO'd@55FEasy brew. Protein rest temp was a touch high, stirring didn't seem to cool it any. Definitely needed the last quart of sparge liquor. As a result, didn't get a final runnings sample. Ran out of wort, topped up BK with hot liquor. Boiled a bit too hard--hit my target gravity, but was probably close to half a gallon short ...

Brew Session: hedgerow gold

christopherjams 1/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
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1/34.75 HLT pH150F mash5.19/1.079 first5.49 second5.99/1.008 final5.40/1.057 pre-boil 10mL phos 5mL phos EOB1.043 O.G., 5.05 post-boilKO'd@68FSuper smooth brew. Set temp controller to 68F. Pitched Omega's Fuller's strain. Challenger hops smelled a little wack, will probably roll with all EKG in the DH. Took 48 hours to start rolling. Roused it plenty in the meantime. Moved temp up to 72F. A little disappointed by the long lag time, may or may not harvest. 1/[email protected]@72F ...

Brew Session: oats-in-the-dark

christopherjams 12/26/2020 12:00:00 AM
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12/265.21 HLT pH152F mash temp5.35/1.077 first5.46 second5.59/1.035 (?) final *topped up last 1/4gal of BK with hot lqr--cut sparge too early.5.33/1.056 pre-boil5.04 post-boil, 1.064 O.G.A few things:-turned my boil down too much, so after I increased it, I added 10' boil time. Looks like that probably wasn't necessary.-Somehow out of airlocks, so had to cover carboy with aluminum foil until I kegged up a beer. n-Pitched 3rd gen 1318 from gentle reins about 3 hours after KO. Literally kegged ...

Brew Session: zauberberg pils

christopherjams 12/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
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12/194.85pH HLT134-135F p-rest 10'149F 30'5.30/1.057 first5.41 second5.59/1.014 final5.38/1.036 pre-boil 10mL phos 5mL [email protected] O.G., 5.18 post-boil.KO'd@54F. Easiest lager brew I've had in a minute. Efficiency was probably closer to 72%, I boiled off a hair much. Set controller to 51F12/[email protected]@56F. Unrestricted.1/[email protected]@62F. Will keg today or tomorrow.1/19. Lagered one week. Pale straw with a modest haze to it. Thick, rocky, white foam. Light citrus notes in the nose, subtle lemon and ...

Brew Session: gentle reins

christopherjams 12/12/2020 12:00:00 AM
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12/124.88 HLT pH150F mash5.29/1.076 first5.43 second5.69/1.011 final 5.34/1.041 pre-boil 5mL phos at EOB1.046 O.G., 5.29 post-boilWell, real easy brew up until the end. Didn't quite boil off enough to hit target gravity, and got a 5gal carboy pretty damn full...then I pitched about a half pint of yeast slurry and it made a fucking mess. Cleaned and sanitized a 6gal carboy, then dumped the 5gal carboy in through a funnel. Hopefully didn't fuck anything up. Set temp controller to 67F. 12/16 ...

Brew Session: cold crop roggenpils

christopherjams 12/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
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12/5134F p-rest149F s-rest4.80 HLT pH5.37/1.057 first runnings5.67 second runnings ( 13mL phos>MT)5.78/1.013 final runnings. 5.42/1.037 pre-boil 13mL phos to BK1.046 O.G., 5.20 post-boilKO'd@60F, pitched about .5L slurry from czech pils. Set temp controller to 53F. *Temp probe mounted to carboy side, not thermowell.12/6. Had a nice krausen and steady bubbling, bumped the controller down to 51F. 12/[email protected]@62F12/[email protected]@63-64F12/[email protected]/11. Lagered for two weeks. Fairly bright, with a ...

Brew Session: seasons reversing

christopherjams 11/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
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Brewed 11/254.83 HLT pH150.7F mash temp5.42/1.079 first5.63 2nd 12mL phos to MT6.15/1.014 final 16mL phos to BK5.21/1.049 7mL phos at EOB1.058-1.059 O.G., 5.13 post-boilSmooth and easy. KO'd at 68-70F. Inkbird and carboy heater just showed up. Will keep at 68F for the first couple of days.Took about 36 hours to get rolling. Kept it at 70 to start, then turned it down to 68F. That didn't get it to cool down, however! This thing is rolling, hanging out just below 70F.12/[email protected]. It's slowing ...

Brew Session: reginald bixby esb

christopherjams 11/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

4.96 HLT pH5.34/1.081 first runnings5.69 second runnings*added 12mL phos to MT during last half of lauter5.80/1.013 final runnings5.57/1.043 pre-boil*added 13mL phos to BK*added 5mL phos at EOB/WP1.053 O.G., 5.05 post-boilEasy brew. KO'd@68F. Set temp controller@68F. Oxygenated longer per some recommendations I've read. It was probably 60-75 seconds for this beer. 11/[email protected]. Surprised to see the gravity so high, still. Tasting good. Will rouse it over the next couple days to encourage it to ...

Brew Session: novakova

christopherjams 11/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

11/154.91 sparge pH133F p-rest150 s rest5' decoction160-162F after returning decoction to mashtun5.46 /1.067 first runnings5.66 second runnings6.07/1.013 final runnings /-8 mL phos to mash during lauter5.60/1.043 pre-boil 16mL phos to BK 2mL phos @ EOB5.24 post-boil, 1.053 O.G.Lengthy but smooth brew. Topped up last .125-.25 gal of lauter with HLT water. O.G. was probably on spec to be 1.051-1.052. Moved my burner and had some issues getting the burner dialed in. First brew in a years with the ...

Brew Session: pennys porter

christopherjams 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM
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Brewed 10/27151-152 mash temp5.20 sparge pH5.60/1.079 first runnings6.15/1.014 final runnings5.35/1.040-1.041 pre-boil1.052 O.G., 5.10 post-boilKO'd@70F, pitched OYL Brit VEasy brew. Was able to KO at a decent rate. Propane tank was dying, which I think resulted in a little less boil off before I changed it out.11/[email protected]/25 Jet black with only a touch of garnet at glass's edge. Pale khaki foam that begins dense then recedes to a cap covering the beer. Dark chocolate, sweet malt, and ...

Brew Session: lodge lager

christopherjams 10/18/2020 12:00:00 AM
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5.00 sparge pH136F p-rest--brought down to 134 within 5'.10' rest total.151F sacch rest5.29 mash pH20' decoction5.33/1.062 first runnings5.82/1.017 final runnings5.10 post-boil, 1.050 O.G. Easy, but slightly lengthy brewday. KO'd around 66F. Got it down 56F in the ferm chamber, then repitched yeast from pils. Volume was probably a touch shy from a pretty aggressive boil. Efficiency was probably a couple points lower.10/[email protected]/[email protected]/28--2 weeks lagering time. Dark amber, light ...

Brew Session: pineapple dreams

christopherjams 10/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 10/11168-169 Strike temp154F at mash start. gently stirred for 15 seconds to get down to 153F.4.96 sparge pH5.31/1.078 first runnings5.55 2nd runnings *added 5mL phos on top of mash during last half of lauter5.51/1.0?? final runnings5.47/1.043 pre-boil *12mL phos added at boil start5mL phos added at EOBKO'[email protected] post-boil, 1.054 O.G.Pretty easy brew. Thought I had enough water in my mashtun during the end of the lauter, but started pulling a bunch of grain right at the end. Topped ...

Brew Session: PILSPLZ

christopherjams 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

9/214.95 sparge pH133F=15'144F=20'157=20'1.063/5.42 first runnings1.010/6.00 final runnings*8mL phos on top of mash bed during last half of lauter1.036/5.46 pre-boil*12mL phos added at boil start5mL phos added at EOB1.045/5.35 KO'd at 68F--used my 2-stage chill setup, and must have still run off too fast. Pitched yeast about 4 hours later around 57F. Ferment was a touch slow to start, had a good krausen within 48 hours after pitch. Took my sample at the of KO, so, wouldn't be surprised if my ...

Brew Session: golden dawn IPA

christopherjams 9/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

9/19148.8F mash temp5.04 sparge pH5.29/1.077 first runnings5.64 2nd runnings6.03/1.007 final runnings5.44/1.042 pre-boil1.050 O.G., 5.22 post-boil*added 3-4mL phos on top of mash bed while lautering, after checking second runnings.*added 12mL phos to BK @ Boil Start*added 10mL phos at EOB.*KO'd around 68F, oxygenated wort and pitched yeast9/[email protected] to rouse, surprised this beer hasn't finished up. Smells/tastes good.10/[email protected]/10 kegged with dry hops.10/23. Tapped a week ago. Pours ...

Brew Session: festbier

christopherjams 8/12/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion
  • Tasting Notes

Brewed 8/11-4.95 sparge pH-133F protein rest for 15'-150 sacch rest for 30'-5.32 mash pH-10 minute decoction, brought mash up to 160-162F-1.064/5.36 first runnings-1.008/6.13 final runnings-1.041/5.51 pre-boil*added 10mL phos@boil start and 10mL @EOB-1.053/5.07KO'd@58F, pitched 1L of WY2308, set temp to 52F. Had krausen in 18 hours, brought temp down to 49F. 1.008 F.G.

Brew Session: summer IPA kashama slight return

christopherjams 8/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 8/55.01 sparge pH149-150 mash temp (30')1.082/5.45 first runnings1.014/6.10 final runnings1.044/5.66 pre-boil*added 20mL phos (10%)*Added 10mL phos at EOB1.053 O.G. 5.12 post-boilFast/easy brew. pH stuff is really making me scratch my head lately. Calculated mash pH was pretty damn close though. Was able to KO pretty quick with the pre-chilled water on the HX, hit 66F. Beer was rolling next afternoon.

Brew Session: 3 step pils mk2

christopherjams 7/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

7/25-4.97 sparge pH.-134F protein rest-144-145 alpha rest-157-158F beta rest-5.50/1.061 first runnings-5.42/1.040 second runnings6.20/1.009 final runnings5.38/1.037 pre-boil *added 8mL phos at boil start.1.046 O.G.5.45/4.99 post-boil *added 10mL phos at EOB...but forgot until halfway through KO. Guessing post-boil was 5.20-ish?KO'd@70, pitched yeast at 56F. Ran tight on time, and adjusted my boil time to 75 minutes from 90 minutes. Slight drop in gravity, to be expected. Ran a pre-chill stage ...

Brew Session: kippercreek summer ale

christopherjams 7/19/2020 12:00:00 AM
  • Water Infusion

Brewed 7/19151 mash temp (had to add 16oz cold water to bring temp in line)5.01 sparge pH5.44/1.076 first runnings5.91/1.032 second runnings5.91/1.007 final runnings5.51/1.038 pre-boil1.044 O.G., 5.08 post-boil pH.First brew in a couple months. Outside of some pH issues, pretty easy. Not sure why I continue to encounter these wonky pH values during run-off. After I checked my second runnings, I added bits of phos directly on top of the mash before adding any more sparge water. Added probably ...

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/[email protected] 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
  • Water Infusion

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'[email protected] 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/[email protected]/[email protected] 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'[email protected] O.G., 5.14 post-boil. Pitched 1L of 34/70 slurry, gen 2, temp controller set to 50F.4/[email protected]/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/[email protected]. 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
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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/[email protected]. 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
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-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
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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
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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
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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/[email protected]/[email protected] good1/[email protected]. A little behind on ...

Brew Session: wunderpils

christopherjams 12/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
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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
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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
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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
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  • 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/[email protected]. 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
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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
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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/[email protected]. 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
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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
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  • 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. [email protected]

Brew Session: kellerpils

christopherjams 8/31/2019 12:00:00 AM
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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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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