Saturday, March 18, 2023

Batch 285, a Pale Ale of some sort

 Still in Baja, still working off of last years grain, just about done. I have enough for maybe 2 more 5 gallon batches. I'd brought a bunch of pilsner malt and quite a bit of Saaz hops, intending to make a "Leeser" sort of beer, so this is as close as it's going to get.

5 gallon batch

For grain, just this:

12 lb, 13 oz pilsner malt

The odd size is due to the packaging, that was two five pound bags (more or less) and a partial bag with a couple of pounds. Did some math, added some water, the usual. Got just over 6 gallons in the boil kettle.

For hops, more unusual amounts:

2 oz Saaz, 60 min

1 oz Doug, 60 min

1 tsp Irish Moss, 15 minutes

4.2 oz Saaz, 5 min 

Again, due to packaging and what I have on hand. The "Doug" hop is a bag that my friend Doug got from a friend that works at 805 in San Diego. I'm not sure what it is, I think it's a milder finishing hop like hallertau or similar.

Pitched on the yeast cake from the previous batch.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Batch 284, Panama Red

 It's another Panama Red, more or less. I'm about out of brewing supplies in Baja, so I used the last of some of my hops.

5 gallon batch

12 lb 2-row

12 oz Crystal 60

12 oz White wheat

2 oz Chocolate malt

Mashed at 154F, added 1 tsp phosphoric acid. Used park water, that's the locally supplied water that comes from a well, but delivered by truck to a cistern and piped through an ancient plumbing system. Should be good, right? We don't drink park water as a rule, but I was out of RO water from the local water store. It gets boiled, right?

1.5 oz Mt Hood, FWH (usually 1 oz, but using all remaining Mt Hood on this batch)

1 oz Centennial, 60 min

1 oz Cascade, 30 min

1.6 oz Mt Hood, 5 min

1.2 oz Cascade, 5 min

That finishes my remaining stock of Mt Hood and Cascade. Also added 1 tsp Irish Moss at 15 min.

Pitched on the yeast cake from Batch 283, which was probably way too much yeast, but it's good and fresh.

OG: 1.063

FG: 1.015

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 65.5

SRM: 12