Kolsch

It’s been a few years since I’ve brewed a Kolsch. I find myself going through seasons of really enjoying this style and other times of just rather having a Pilsner. Thought I’d take another crack at this one as I’m not sure I’ve made one that I’ve really loved yet. Good easy-drinking spring weather beer. So here goes!

OG – 1.046
FG – 1.011
ABV – 4.7%
IBU – 26

Great Western Idaho Select – 8 lbs.
White wheat – 8 oz.

Magnum (12.7%) – 0.4 oz. @ 60
German Tettnang – 1.25 oz. @ 15
German Tettnang – 1.00 oz. @ End

Yeast: Imperial Dieter

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South African Hazy IPA

Along with Sabro hops, another new hop release this year comes from South Africa. I had heard of Southern Passion and African Queen, so I thought I’d pony up and just make a hazy out of a blend of all of these guys. You can check out more about the varieties here.

OG – 1.068
FG – 1.014
ABV – 7.1%
IBU – ?

2-Row – 10 lbs (Blend of Great Western and Idaho Select)
Flaked Oats – 2 lbs.
White Wheat – 2 lb.
Carapils – 8 oz.

END
1.25 oz. African Queen
1.25 oz. Southern Passion
1.25 oz. Southern Star

Dry Hop 1
1.25 oz. African Queen
1.25 oz. Southern Passion
1.25 oz. Southern Star

Dry Hop 2
1.50 oz. African Queen
1.50 oz. Southern Passion
1.50 oz. Southern Star

Imperial Juice

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Mexican Lager – 10 Gal Batch

I recently bought a new brew kettle from SS Brewtech and wanted to try out a 10 gallon batch of a favorite springtime sessionable beer. I think this turned out as good as any batch I’ve done. Perfect for a sunny spring day, with a lime of course.

OG – 1.055
FG – 1.012
ABV – 5.5%
IBU – 25

12b lbs. Pilsner
6 lbs. Vienna
1 lbs. Flaked Corn

0.80 oz. Magnum @ 60 min

2 oz. Czech Saaz @ 15 min
Whirfloc @ 15 min

2 oz. Czech Saaz @ End

The LHBS was out of Imperial Harvest, so I went with the Wyeast Munich Lager II which is supposed to be the same strain.

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Sabro/Mosaic Hazy IPA

I bought a pound of the new hop variety Sabro last year and thought Mosaic would be a great match for a hazy beer and I was NOT disappointed! I can see this being a new big time player in the IPA world.

The description on Yakima Valley Hops is: It imparts distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit, and stone fruit aromas, with hints of cedar, mint, and cream. It’s as interesting as it sounds and pairs really well with Mosaic. If you haven’t picked some of these up, you should!

OG – 1.062
FG – 1.014
ABV – 6.4%
IBU – Whatevs

2-Row – 10 lbs
Flaked Oats – 2 lbs.
White Wheat – 2 lb.
Carapils – 8 oz.

2 oz. Mosaic @ end (45 minute hop stand)
2 oz. Sabro @ end (45 minute hop stand)

Dry Hop 1 (after 2 days)
3 oz. Mosaic
3 oz. Sabro

Dry Hop 2
3 oz. Mosaic
3 oz. Sabro

Imperial Juice

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Freezer Cleaning Hazy IPA

Tis the time of year to clear those freezer out of 2017 hop crop and buy up some new stock for the coming year. Got some decent ones left so I tried to make some good pairings while being heavy on Cashmere. I’m sure it will be interesting, not sure if it will be good. 🙂

OG – 1.061
FG – 1.012
ABV – 6.5%

2-Row – 10.5 lbs.
Flaked Oats – 1.5 lbs.
White Wheat – 1.5 lbs.

Mosaic – 1 oz. @ 15
Cashmere – 3 oz. @ End (40 min whirlpool)
Citra – 1.25 oz. @ End (40 min whirlpool)
Mosaic – 0.5 oz. @ End (40 min whirlpool)

DRY HOP #1 (after 2-3 days of fermentation)
Cashmere – 4 oz.
Nelson – 1 oz.
Amarillo – 1 oz.

DRY HOP #2 (end of fermentation – for 5 days)
Cashmere – 4 oz.
Nelson – 1 oz.
Amarillo – 1 oz.

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Bleak Midwinter Dark Lager

With the rest of the Pilgrimage yeast I scored from Imperial Yeast, I thought I would do something that is more suited to the season. This beer should be ready to drink at Christmas and should hit all the right roasty, delicious notes.

OG – 1.057
FG – 1.014
ABV – 5.7%
IBU – 20

7.5 lbs. Pilsner
1.0 lbs. Victory
1.0 lbs. Caramunich I
1.0 lbs. Flaked Oats
12 oz. Chocolate

0.4 oz. Magnum @ 60
1 oz. Czech Saaz @ 15

Imperial Pilgrimage (2L starter)

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Helles

Back in September I visited Imperial Yeast as they told me that if I swung by they would give me their “Pilgrimage” yeast strain which they don’t currently sell to homebrewers. Thought to be the Andech’s strain, there are some breweries around town like Baerlic who use it as their house lager strain. I’ve really enjoyed what they’ve made with it so I contacted them to see if they were planning on selling it. I stopped by and was taken on a tour through their facility and then generously given a number of packs of the yeast and a Imperial Yeast hat! I was blown away by their generosity and impressed with their operation. In any case, I’ve been dying to brew a beer with this and given the source, a simple Helles seemed to be the way to go! Looking forward to trying this one soon.

OG – 1.052
FG – 1.012
ABV – 5.3%
IBU – 20

Weyermann German Pils – 9.5 lbs.

0.30 oz. Perle (6.4%) @ 60
0.50 oz. Perle (6.4%) @ 45
0.75 oz. Tettnang (3.7%) @ 10

Imperial Pilgrimage

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