Friday, July 3, 2015

American Ale

In honor of the Fourth

18 pounds of Maris Otter
1 pound of Carastan
Mashing at 150 for 90 minutes.


June 28.
14 pounds of Maris Otter
.7 pounds 135L crystal
2 ounces EKG 60
1 ounce EKG at 15
Split batch
5 gallons on S-04
5 gallons on Wyeast 1968
will dry hop both in keg with 1 ounce of EKG

Friday, June 19, 2015

Second Cider

On the first yeast cake I added 5 gallons of apple juice and 1.75 pounds of turbinado sugar!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gooseberry Saison

I'll start by saying the only thing saison about this is that I used saison yeast, Bell's Saison.
Grain bill
5 pounds of Maris Otter
4 pounds of white wheat malt
1 oz Fuggles at 60
1/2 oz Fuggles at 15
1/2 oz Fuggles at 0
Fermented till gravity was at 1.010 then added 7 pounds of gooseberries.

On tap for the 4th weekend. Gooseberry flavor compliments the saison very nicely.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I'm back brewing!

Started out with a cider,
5 gallons of Shop&Save Apple Juice
1 pound Brown sugar (light)
Wyeast cider yeast.
Looking forward to cider on tap again!

On tap now, dry and inviting!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Special Bitter

Brewing a special bitter. Here's the recipe:
10 gallon batch

16 pounds of Golden Promise
1 pound of 135L Crystal Malt

Adding West Golding
2 oz  at 60
2 oz at 45
1 oz at 0

Fermenting on Wyeast 1968

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cherry mead

The last of the honey (12-15 pounds) and the cherries (20 pounds) are mixed together with two packets of 71B-1122. Tasty results are expected! On day 2 the gravity is 1.138! Fermenting away nicely, by no means total volume. When the cherry flavor peaks, I'll rack to secondary and most likely will have to add a gallon of water!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Started it tonight,
So far
7 pounds of honey
3 gallons of apple juice
On cider yeast.
Might increase this to a 5 gallon batch.Converted this to a 5 gallon batch on 10/17

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Gooseberry Mead

5 gallon batch
12 pounds of honey (Creve Couere)
to 5 gallons
2 packs of 71B-1122

Sack Mead

5 gallon batch
15 pounds of Creve Couere Honey
1 tsp Fermaid
2 packets of Red Star Montrachet Yeast

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cranberry Mead

9 pounds of Susan's honey
Lngiers Cranberry juice to 3 gallons
2 packets of D-47
OG 1180
Hoping it goes to Sweet/Tart most likely fg of 1030.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cider batch 2

Put the second batch on the yeast from batch 1. This one is 5 gallons of apple juice, 2.5 pounds of honey. Will be back sweetened.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Saison

Did a week day brew, a 5 gallon batch of Pumpkin Ale. Monday night, I toasted one pound of Golden Promise and 3 15 ounce cans of pureed pumpkin. Tuesday night brewed.
10 pounds of Golden Promise
1 pound of Carastan
1 pound of Toasted malt
45 ounces of toasted pumpkin puree
mashed at 157 for 75 minutes
Boiled for one hour
a half ounce of Belma hops 60 minutes
2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice at 10
fermenting at 70 with Bella Saison yeast

My grandson, Owen, helped with this batch. When we tasted the wort, he said he liked it, when asked what it tasted like, he said sweet pumpkin.

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Started a cider on 9/20. A very much out of date vial of White Labs Cider yeast, But I've brought it to life. A half gallon starter yesterday, went from 1050 to 1010 overnight, added two gallons of cider the 21st, a.m. will add 1 pound each brown sugar and honey and the rest of the apple juice this afternoon. I will let this batch finish dry then start another batch on the yeast cake to make a sweet cider for the kids.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Irish Stout!

Ten gallon batch!

18 pounds of English Pale (Maris Otter and Golden Promise)
2 pounds roasted barley
2 1/4 pounds rolled barley

2 ounces Chinook for 60
Fermenting on Chico Yeast at 68 degrees