Saturday, November 12, 2011

Batch 115, 11-11-11, End of the World

Steve P in my homebrew club had an idea to brew a strong beer on 11-11-11 and age it until 12-12-12. Sounds like a good idea. I couldn't actually brew on 11-11-11, but I got my yeast and water ready.

10 gallon partigyle batch

22 lbs 2-row
8 lbs wheat
1.0 lbs Crystal 120
0.5 lbs Crystal 60
0.75 lbs Chocolate malt

Mash at 150F with 11 gallons water.
Lose 4 gallons to absorption, run off 7 gallons for strong beer.
Sparge with 7 gallons for small beer.

Strong beer hops:
5 oz Chinook @ 60 min
60 minute boil

Strong beer specs:
OG: 1.110, actual 1.114
IBU: 111

Small beer hops:
1 oz Galena, 60 min
1 oz Centennial, 30 min
1 oz Calypso, 5 min
60 minute boil

Small beer specs:
OG: 1.055
IBU: 70

Strong beer yeast:
Wyeast 1318, London Ale III

Small beer yeast:
Wyeast 1272, American Ale II

Nov 27, 2011: Small beer gravity is at 1.013, so racked small beer to secondary. Large beer is at 1.055, so pitched yeast cake from small beer into the large beer to help finish fermentation with some fresh yeast.

Dec 10, 2011: kegged

Nov 25, 2012: Was going to tranfer to another keg, but it seemed nicely carbonated, so I didn't want to mess with it. Put it on tap today. OMG! Way better than I expected. I'm naming this "End of the World" and thinking to brew it again.