Friday
Nov162012

2011 Wet Hopped Simcoe Harvest Ale

This over-the-top double IPA was the initial inspiration for the Hopsplosion DIPA in Episode 71: Hop Madness 2012.

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Monday
Oct292012

Aussie October Ale

This big beer was brewed in Brewing TV - Episode 71: Hop Madness 2012. Drink some of it young, but set some aside as well. Wyeast 9097 Old Ale Blend will change the character of the beer for months or years to come.

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Monday
Oct292012

Hopsplosion DIPA

This over-the-top double hopbacked Double IPA was brewed in Episode 71: Hop Madness 2012.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Gunslinger's Graff

These recipes are from Brewing TV fans Michael Heath and James Brickell. Their graf was featured in Brewing TV - Episode 68: How to Make Graf. They call this a "Dry Stout with Apple Juice." Thanks to them for let us reprinting the recipes. And thanks to all the members of the online homebrewing community for their support of Brewing TV and each other's brewing endeavours!

Gunslinger's Graff - Extract 

  • 3.3 lbs Amber LME
  • 1 lb Crystal 120
  • 12 oz Special B
  • 8 oz Smoked Malt
  • 8 oz Roasted Barley
  • 4 oz. Chocolate Wheat
  • 1 oz Centennial hops @ 60 min
  • 1 oz Cascade @ 60 min
  • 1.5 oz Cascade @ 20 min

Steep crushed grains in 2 gallons 156F water for 30 min. Drain and discard grains. Add LME and dissolve. Bring to boil. Add hops at noted times. Cool. Pour 2 gallons of wort into 3 gallons of apple cider in fermentor. Pitch Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast. Ferment to a target FG of near or below 1.010.

 

Gunslinger's Graff - All-Grain

Here is their all-grain beer wort recipe:

  • 7 lbs 2-Row
  • 2 lbs Roasted Barley
  • 1 lb Smoked Malt
  • 1 lb Chocolate Wheat
  • 1 lb Crystal 120
  • 2 oz Centennial hops @ 60 min
  • 1 oz Cascade hops @ 10 min

Mash grains at 156-158, so it doesn't dry out too much. This is for a 10 gallon batch of graff. You will get 4-5 gallons of wort then top off with juice. 

For the sake of experimentation, the guys have also made all-grain versions with the volume of 11 gallons of beer wort. Michael and James split this 11 gallons into:

  • 8 gallons, blended with apple juice/cider; then from that they also did small-batch secondary fermentations on 3 one-gallon jugs with blackberries, raspberries and plums in respective jugs; with five gallons of beer/apple juice graf leftover
  • 3 gallons, blended with cranberry juice

 

The lesson here: have fun, try something new!

 

Friday
Sep072012

Hard Cider Recipe

 

In Brewing TV - Episode 67, we made some hard ciders. Here is the basic formula (and recipe below) for making your own hard cider at home. Also be sure and check out Northern Brewer's Cidermaking Resources Page.


If you are using  store-bought cider, collect five gallons of cider that has been pasteurized, but whose ingredient list does NOT include any preservatives (this will hamper fermentation). You can add yeast nutrient and yeast energizer per instructions.

If you are using fresh-pressed cider (either by hand or from orchard or co-op), collect five gallons. You now have two options:

  • Option #1: let the wild yeast from the apples/skins do some work up front by letting the cider sit for 24 hours. After this time has passed, pitch your yeast of choice.
  • Option #2: dose the cider/must with Campden tablets to kill or suppress any wild bacteria or wild yeast. Let sit for 36 hours. This will essentially allow your must to start with a “clean slate.” At this time, pitch your yeast of choice.


Depending on the variety of apple your cider was made with the original gravity of your cider should be somewhere between 1.050-1.060. You can add a sugar (brown, table, other) and dissolve well

Ferment between 60-70F. Chris prefers a ranger closer to 65-68F.

Primary fermentation should take about one week and the hard cider should finish at or just below 1.000. Let sit in primary for mellowing and clarification, then rack to secondary fermentor for further clarification.

After weeks-to-months in secondary, the cider will clear and flavors will mellow. However, the cider is likely to be dry and a bit acidic, which some people like. If you would rather have a sweeter hard cider, watch Brewing TV - Episode 67: How to Make Hard Cider for instructions on back-sweetening your cider should you choose to do so. You can also add any other extracts, whole/crushed fruits, etc at this point for added complexity.

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Here is a simple recipe from Chris Smith, Northern Brewer Customer Service Asst Manager and award-winning cider-maker:

5 Gallons pasteurized cider
2-4# light brown sugar
1 tsp per gallon yeast energizer
2 tsp per gallon yeast nutrient
White Labs WLP775 English Cider Yeast

Mix cider and sugar
Add half of total nutrients and aerate
Pitch yeast

After 24 hours add second half of nutrients and stir to aerate and off gas CO2