Saturday, February 24, 2024

Batch 293, Belma Summer Ale

 Still forgetting to update this blog. This batch is done and gone, it was decent. I went with a simple brew to help me figure out my system here. I got a new grain mill, it turns out the gap was too wide, so I missed my numbers, 1.040 OG instead of 1.052. Oh well, it was a good beer anyway. I also ended up about a gallon short, so just under 4 gallons in the keg, which was a little disappointing.

5 gallon batch

12 lb 2-row

8 oz white wheat

6 oz crystal 60

Mashed at 148F, about the same as last time. Mash water was at 170F so I'll go a little higher next time to hit that mid-150F range that I'm aiming for.

2 oz Belma, 60 min

4 oz Belma, 5 min

This turned out pretty good, and it's all gone now.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Batch 292, Guava IPA

 I guess I'm just getting lazy, I'm three brews behind on updating this blog. This is my first batch in Baja this season, I'm still trying to get a grip on my system here. I brought a lot (a LOT) of dry yeast down, so I figured I'm good to go. I should not have bothered with doing a guava IPA first, I really should have done something simple and easy just to get used to the system again and to get some fresh yeast going.

Anyway, I forgot to write down anything, this is pretty much like what I've done before:

10 lb 2-row

1 lb wheat

1.1 lb guava paste (added after primary fermentation is complete)

Missed my temp, got about 147F instead of the 155F I was aiming for.

2 oz Citra, 60 min

2 oz Citra, 5 min

Overall, it was barely drinkable. I used a lot of yeast, maybe 5 packets as it just didn't seem to want to take off. It was beer in the end, so there is that.