I (re)met such a guy last week: Dan V, a friend of my sister Chelynn from Zon's (he is now co-owner of VeeVee in Jamaica Plain) at the Gallia Belgica dinner last week at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square. (that has to be the most densely peppered hotlinked sentence in my blog so far...)
My sister mentioned him from her days at Zon's, as someone who had the same level of interest in craft beer as me, so its no real surprise that we happened to be at this beer dinner on the same night. Shortly after the dinner, he saw my blog, and mentioned how'd always been interested in giving homebrewing a shot.
He's coming over tonight to brew an american ale that straddles the line style lines between an american pale ale and an IPA. Planning to tear in to the glut of American hops I just received from hopsdirect.com through the latest worts group buy. I'm going to hop burst the hell of this thing with 2 oz of hops at 10 min and another at flameout. She'll also get 2oz of dry hops as well.
I'm not sure if I should up the base grain (using Scottish Golden Promise) to push the expected abv in to the 6% range
...that'll likely be a gametime decision, which usually involve me shrugging my shoulders, saying, 'eh, why not...' and tossing in more grain ...'just in case'.
Going to collect the first 2 quarts of first runnings and caramelize a bit to add a little richness and complexities (on top of the crystal 60) to balance what I expect will be a very hoppy beer.
I smacked a pack of the american workhorse Wyeast 1056 last night, and made a 1 gallon starter. I'll pitch the majority of the yeast tonight, and throw some fresh wort on top of the remaining yeast culture to build stock for my fledgling frozen yeast bank.
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
|Boil Size: 5.72 gal||Asst Brewer: Dan V|
|Boil Time: 60 min||Equipment: My Equipment|
|Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0||Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00|
Est Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
|Measured Original Gravity:|
|Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG||Measured Final Gravity:|
|Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.59 %||Actual Alcohol by Vol:|
|Bitterness: 51.3 IBU||Calories:|
|Est Color: 8.6 SRM||Color: |
|Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body||Total Grain Weight: 12.00 lb|
|Sparge Water: 1.31 gal||Grain Temperature: 72.0 F|
|Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F||TunTemperature: 72.0 F|
|Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE||Mash PH: 5.4 PH|
|Collect 2 quarts of first runnigs, reduce/caramelizing sugars for 30 minutes, return to boil.|