Another double batch day

It has been a couple of months since my last brew day and we are running low in the basement fridge.  I decided to make a typical IPA like usual and an ESB which would be lower alcohol and be ready to drink in a couple of weeks. Claire and I visited the Beverage People in Santa Rosa for all of our supplies a couple of weeks ago. I had a package of San Diego Super yeast left over from my last brewing. I made a couple of yeast starters two days before hand.  The first beer went off without a hitch. Everything was spot on with my mash temperature at 152 and mashing out at 170. 

The second beer, which was the ESB was a different story. I was A little distracted during the mashout and ended up getting almost 15 gallons of sweet wart instead of 10 or 11. Thank goodness I have a 15 gallon keg to boil in. So it may turn out to be a little lighter beer, but that is sort of what you want from an English ESB. 

Beer # 95        

Date Feb 12, 2018     

Yeast San Diego Super Yeast 

Grain Bill    

 25 lbs American 2-row      

 2 lbs Crystal 20 malt      

 2 lbs Carapils      

 2 lbs Corn sugar      

Hop Schedule

 10 ml Hop Extract 1h     

 2 oz Centennial 0h 15m     

 2 oz Amarillo 15m     

 2 oz Citra 15m     

 2 oz Simcoe 15m     

 4 oz Citra Dry hop     

 2 oz Simcoe Dry hop     

 2 oz Amarillo Dry hop     
        

Beer # 96          

Date Feb 12, 2018       

 WLP#002 English Ale Yeast with starter 

        

Grain Bill  

 17 lbs English pale malt

 2 lbs Carastan malt 35l 1.050  

 12 oz Golden brown sugar      

 .5 lbs Special roast 50l      

 12 oz Malt extract      

  Hop Schedule

 2 oz Kent goldings 60 min     

 2 oz Kent goldings 30 min     

 2 oz Kent goldings 5 min       

 2 oz Kent goldings 60 min     

 2 oz Kent goldings 30 min     

 2 oz Kent goldings 5 min     

 

Beer making day

It was A two batch day for me. The first was, of course, an IPA with some new hops and the second was an ESB. I used some hop extract for the first time on the IPA. This stuff came in tiny little 5 ml syringes. Claire and I both learned the valuable lesson of not tasting this stuff directly. We both put the tiniest of drops on our tongues and we were “rewarded” with intense hop flavor that stuck to your teeth and wouldn’t go away. Not a pleasant experience. 


        
      

         

Installing a hitch on the Hub Bus

The project for the day was installing a hitch on the back of the Hub Bus.  There are 4 bolts that hold the bumper on the back end of a 1976 VW bus.  As luck would have it, one of those bolts had rusted inself into place.  For some reason, the engineers had spot welded the nuts into an enclosed box that has no access other than a tiny little hole in the side.

 

I purchased a custom made hitch from a guy named Jamie in Canada who welded them together when people ordered them.

 

After cutting the old bolt and drilling a hole in the bottom of one of those boxes, I was able to get the old welded nut out and placed a piece of flat bar that I tapped to 10 x 1..5  so that I could thread into it.

For the final project of the day, I needed to make a new locking pin to hold the rack in.  I pulled out the old lathe for this one and had a good time machining a piece of steal that I had found on the side of the road into a piece that would fit into the locking system that we had on our old Hollywood rack.

First day of spring???

To celebrate the first warm sunny day in quite awhile, Claire and I went out for a great tandem ride thru the West county. We wanted to make sure we were home in time to sit on the deck and enjoy the sun and a refreshment.   I opened up my last package of pork crackles that Claire got me over a year ago for my birthday. Her cousin in Yorkshire came thru with them. They do taste better when drinking uncarbonated beer in a dark pub.  I enjoyed this bag with a Pilsner I brewed a couple of months ago. 

A Double Batch Day

Yeast starter for 20 gallons of beer
I made this sour dough bread with some spent grain from my stout.
Starting the boil on my stout.
This was a long day of brewing.  I think around 9 hours total.

Beer recipe

Beer #

82

Date

Jan 5, 2017

Description This is a recipe that I came across for Pliney the Elder.  It was written by Vinnie, the guy who owns Russian River Brewery, so it should be close to his.  Lots and lots of hops.
Yeast CA Ale Yeast with yeast starter
Grain Bill

Quantity

Grain

26.5 lbs

American 2-row

1.5 lbs

Crystal 45 malt

1.5 lbs

Carapils

2 lbs

Corn Sugar
Hop Schedule

Quantity

Hop

Schedule

7 oz

Columbus

1h 30m

1.5 oz

Columbus

45m

2 oz

Simcoe

30m

2 oz

Centennial

0w

5 oz

Simcoe

0w

2 oz

Columbus

Dry Hop (12 to 14 days)

2 oz

Centennial

Dry Hop (12 to 14 days)

2 oz

Simcoe

Dry Hop (12 to 14 days)

1 oz

Columbus

Dry Hop (5 days to go)

1 oz

Simcoe

Dry Hop (5 days to go)

Alcohol %

OG

FG

%

1.070

Notes Went pretty smoothly.  Lot of hops, so by the end of the boil I had a nice green soup going.

Beer recipe

Beer #

83

Date

Jan 5, 2017

Description Imperial Stout..
Yeast CA Ale Yeast
Grain Bill

Quantity

Grain

28 lbs

American 2 row

3 lbs

Flaked Rye

1.5 lbs

English Black patent malt (620 l)

1.5 lbs

Chocolate malt (500 l)

1.5 lbs

Black Roasted barley (500 l)

2 lbs

Dry Malt Extract
Hop Schedule

Quantity

Hop

Schedule

1 oz

Chinook

Mashout

2 oz

Chinook

60 min

3 oz

Chinook

15 min

2 oz

Chinook

5 min

Alcohol %

OG

FG

%

1.072

Notes I made this same recipe about a year and half ago.  I had the exact same problems last time as this time.  I really clogged up the mashtun, so I had to dig some grain out and put it in a different mashtun.  Quite a mess.  Thankfully this was taking place before the boil, so I didn’t have to worry about the hygiene of everything.  This was the second beer of a two beer loooooonnnnnggggg day.  I did a IPA with a 90 minute boil first so it ended up being about 9 hours total.

Raisin Bread with a Run

Rock Crossing at the Park

Wohler Bridge

The Russian River
 

I went out for a nice run around Riverfront Regional Park yesterday while Claire hiked.  We actually parked near Wohler Bridge and went thru the Sonoma County Water Agency land to get there.  Except for some very slick mud, it was perfect.  Nice and flat with a little bit of rain in the middle.

 

 

 

 

Afterwards I made some raisin bread.  

 

Dough rolled out with egg on top.

Cinnamon and Sugar sprinkled on top before rolling up.

Ready to rise before baking.

New Years Day Mountain Bike Ride and Pliny

Scott on his Cannondale Trigger
Alan out on the trail

Today we went out over to Annadel for a bike ride and hike.  Claire went out and hiked for 5 miles while I went for a ride with Jim, Alan, and Scott.  These guys have been coming in the shop for a while, and they go out almost every Sunday and ride and then go over to Russian River Brewery for a beer or two and some pizza.  It was a great ride.  Up to the top of Marsh and over to Ridge Trail before heading back down.    We had to join them for the beer and pizza afterwards.

Pilsner

Beer # 81
Date Dec 12, 2016

Since our basement is quite chilly during the winter, I figured I would do some lagered beer for a change. It is 54 degrees down there, which is a little too cold for most ale yeasts.

Camping south of Bridgeport off of Hwy. 395

Yeast White Labs WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast

Grain Bill
20 lbs Distillers Malt 6 row Alcohol % O. G. F. G. %
1 lbs German Acidulated Malt 1.058
4 lbs Flaked Corn

Hop Schedule Quantity Hop Schedule
2 oz Saaz 1h
2 oz Saaz 30m
2 oz Saaz 1m