Sunday, February 15, 2009

Old Fashioned Donnybrook Recipe

Awhile ago I made an oatmeal stout that tasted great, but not so well during bottling. After some thought I will try that recipe one again with some minor changes. I'm looking for the grains to showcase this beer and have the hops support it. The yeast (WLP-002) should leave some sweetness to the beer, as it has a 70% attenuation in ideal conditions. And, of'course there may be a 1 gallon experiment, now I just need to secure the "special" ingredient.

Old Fashioned Donnybrook
(aka. Oatmeal Stout II
Mash:154 IBU's:36 OG:1.055 FG:1.014

9.5# Pale ale malt
1 Flaked (old fashioned) Oats (toasted)
3/4 Chocolate malt
3/4 Victory
1/2 Crystal 80L
1/2 Roasted barley

Galena 60'

WLP-002 English Ale

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Steam Beer update:

The Great Steam beer experiment is still going strong. After almost 3 full weeks in the bottle the beers now have sufficient carbonation, BUT (a BIG BUT) is that during the bottle conditioning period there may have some diacetyl accumulation. With lagers this is somewhat normal, but with mine it seems to be on the excessive side. To minimize this character the beers must now be cold lagered for 3-4 weeks. I'm beginning to learn that I might not have the patience to make lagers. The wheatwine update coming soon.

For the next brew; It will be an ode to my motherland so I will be making an Irish Oatmeal Stout
I am researching and formulating an appropriate recipe and interestingly have found that above 10% oatmeal would lead to gooyness. I'll keep that in mind...

I'll post the recipe in the next few days.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Home brewers heaven!

You must spend some time at Brewhalla (aka. homebrewers heaven) whether you are looking to design your own brewery or not. There are homemade to store bought and simple to elaborate designs. So grab a beer and view 180+ pics.


Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Easy mash tun set-up

Mash tun pieces:
wire mesh
(catches all small pieces)

(placed on top of mesh)

mesh connected to spigot
This setup works really well and produces very clear wort from the beginning and I have yet to get a stuck sparge. All parts were purchased at Home Depot or Target.

Not beer related...

but music related and worth checking out.

They are called, the McLovins (as in the movie Suberbad) ", seen here covering Phish "Harry Hood", Greatful Dead "Shakedown Street" and a McLovin original "Purple Trees".