I was fortunate enough to get a little time off of work before New Year’s and decided to try and make the best of it! I was able to dedicated a good deal of time to some home brewing projects and all in all I was able to brew 4 batches. I made a 5 gallon batch of hard cider that I am aging on Oregon tart cherries, I brewed an Irish Stout that I am again on Irish Whiskey oak cubes, coffee and Irish Cream flavoring which I am calling car bomb, MoreBeer’s Hop Gatherer IPA which uses distilled hop oil and a slightly modified version of More Beer New England Style IPA called Haze Craze, their Hazy IPA. In the coming weeks I will post recipes and reviews on all of them. For now, here are some photos from my most recent home beer brewing sessions.
Home Brewing Mash of an Irish Stout on a Blichmann 20 Gallon Mash Tun
Recirculating the mash using my stainless steel RIMS temperature controller and More Beer Stainless Steel Ultimate Sparge Arm
Transferring my stout to my stainless steel SS BrewTech 7 Gallon Conical Fermenter
Happy and Hoppy New Year! With the arrival of 2018, WestCoastBrewer.com is going to get a new look and feel! It will be a bit of a work in progress, fixing all of the broken links as the website transitions to its new format, so please hang in there with us. Ultimately it should be a big improvement to the old website! We hope that 2018 brings you only the best and plenty of good homebrew!
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So I started doing some research and decided that I was going to start with the “HAZE CRAZE IPA” all grain hazy IPA beer kit from More Beer. The name did not sell me on the kit, but the recipe and hop additions certainly did. I made a couple of small tweaks to the recipe, but they were pretty insignificant. Here is what I ended up with:
Grain Bill: (Mash at 150F)
12 lb Pale Ale Malt
1 lb Flaked Oats
1 lb Flaked White Wheat
8 oz Flaked Barley
4 oz Honey Malt
60 min .5 oz Warrior
5 min 1oz Citra
0 min 2oz Mosaic
0 min 1oz Citra Bavaria (I love this hop)
Whirlpool 15 min
Whirlpool 15 min
Dry Hop Additions: I know this is not typical, but add the dry hops about 3 days after the start of fermentation. Begin fermenting at 65F and then boost the temp to 70F when adding the dry hops.
1oz Citra (Did I mention I love this hop?)
7 days after the start of fermentation
Yeast: London Ale III (This is important for fruity ester and haze production)
The beer came out fantastic! If you are considering brewing up a Hazy IPA, I highly recommend this recipe. Homebrew Supply also has a extract version of the recipe available for extract brewers. The beer kits can be found here:
Recently I had the pleasure of brewing up a batch of home brew on one of my friends home brewing system. I always look forward to the opportunity to get another home brewers perspective on home brewing. I find that I learn a lot about the home brewing craft from examining other home brewers methods and practices. Even better, both of us use similar home brewing hardware and like similar styles of beer so we can share home brew recipe tips as well.
Home Brewing Rig
One of the biggest differences in our home brewing systems and our beer brewing practices is when it comes to the mash. Where I have made my mashing process complicated (possibly over complicated) over time, doing my best to make sure my mash is at a specific temperature for the entire 60 minutes, he sets his mash temp, closes the lid and does not attempt to correct for any temperature loss over time. By the time his mash has completed, the temperature in his tun has only dropped by approximately 6F.
My concern with a drop in mash temp would be that perhaps the finished beer would come out too dry or thin due to the lower average mash temp, the starches would only be converted to very simple sugars. Yet after sampling several of his beers, that did not turn out to be the case. I sampled 4 of his beers that day, varying from stouts to IPA’s and all of them were fantastic. I would not describe any of his beers as too thin or too dry.
Home Brewing Mash Conversion Temperatures
The image above is of my Blichmann BrewMomerter. I hi-lighted the segment that pertains to the mash conversion. As all grain home brewers, for the most part we mash at between 150-152 F to get a well rounded mash conversion. When I asked my friend if he was concerned with the temp dropping, he said that he felt that most of the starch conversion was occurring early in the mash process while his temperature was on target and that he had never noticed a degradation in the quality of his finished beer since he started conducting his mash in this manner. I am inclined to agree with him based on the high quality beer that he produces.
I think that sometimes as home brewers, out of our desire to brew “perfect” beer, sometime we go too far and over complicate things (or at least I do). I am not saying to ignore your mash temperature or to only mash for 10 minutes. My point is more that modern varieties of beer have been produced for over 600 years, well before yeast was even discovered in 1857. Considering that our ancestors created beer with out having the benefit of such instruments as a Blichmann BrewMometer, perhaps there can be some flexibility when it comes to brewing.
One of the home brewing items that he possess that I am pretty envious of is a large sized stainless steel hop spider. When I say large sized, I mean large sized, this thing is giant as you can see from the animated image. The photos were taken during the whirlpool process after the boil had completed. I have been trying to get a hop filtering system to work out on my home brew system for the last few batches with out a great deal of success. I have been trying to overcome some challenges with clogging issues in my hop filter and he shared some great advice with me. He said that in order for a hop filter to work properly and to get similar hop utilization compared to not using one, you need to have a hop filter that is at least half the diameter of your home brewing kettle. The size of the filter made a dramatic difference. I could see the wort moving around inside of his filter and he had hardly any clogging issues.
Home Brewing With A Hop Spider
I look forward to brewing with him again to see what else I can pick up from him. He has mastered the art of the Hazy IPA so I hope to pick his brain on that next.
Just about any good home brewer will tell you that one of the first rules of home brewing beer and making good home brewed beer is cleanliness. Unfortunately humans are not the only beer lovers on the planet. Beer is loved by everything from insects to bacteria and your home brewing and keg systems are highly susceptible to bacterial growth. Beer lines, keg fittings and taps are often times places where the like to hang out and they should be cleaned regularly. Thankfully there are several products out there to help you keep your systems sanitary and your beer tasting good!
The downside of having a home draft beer system means that you also have to care for it. So I purchased a draft beer line cleaning kit and some liquid beer line cleaner which is shown above. The kit was great, it came with instructions and everything that I needed in order to do the job. The beer keg line cleaning kit came with a 1 quart hand pump that pushes Beer Line Cleaner through the draft beer system. The faucet gets removed and cleaned with the included faucet wrench and brush. The process is relatively quick and easy and takes about 20 minutes to clean a couple beer taps out.
If you are interest in purchasing a draft beer line cleaning kit you can find it here:
Here are some instructions on how to clean your keg beer lines and draft beer system:
1) Remove the tap from the keg. Use a beer faucet wrench to remove the faucet (the piece that the beer actually flows though to your glass) from the draft beer shank. The beer faucet collar should have a few holes in it, insert the wrench end into a hole and spin the collar clockwise to remove.
2) Next, disassemble the faucet to the point that the shaft inside can slide out. Place these parts in a bowl with 2 cups of warm water and ¼ teaspoon of Beer Line Cleaner. Put one cap full of beer line cleaner into the beer line pump jar and fill with warm water. Attach the lid pump unit back on the jar. Get a bucket to collect the fluid running from the tap. Insert the cleaning brush small end into the bottom of the tap to allow the flow to go through if needed.
3) Pump the cleaning solution though line and tap allowing the solution to sit in the lines for 10–15 minutes, then pump through. Follow this with 1–2 jars of water to rinse. Remove the brush from the tap.
4) Use the brush and a towel to clean the draft beer faucet and then rinse with clean water. Reassemble the faucet, hand tighten parts, leave loose enough so that they move freely. Attach the faucet back onto the shank again, using the wrench, do not over tighten, just tighten enough so that it does not leak any precious beer!
Just let me know if you have any questions on how to clean your draft beer system and keg lines.
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Digital home brewing is the way of the future and Blichmann is making their way in to the marketplace with yet another fantastic home brewing item. Introducing the Blichmann BrewVison! The Blichmann BrewVision wireless home brewing monitoring system is the new brewing assistant from Blichmann Engineering. The BrewVision allows you to track up to 7 sensors in your home brewing setup right from your iphone or ipad. Brew Vision lets you can set alarms and timers based on temperatures and the BrewVision app records all of your data so you can review to see how well you really hit those mash temps. The BrewVision homebrew monitoring system even integrates with BeerSmith home brewing software which allows you to download your recipes straight from the cloud. The intuitive BrewVision Home Brewing Monitoring app helps you focus on your brewing! Some of the functions of BrewVision include monitoring thermometers on a kettle, running timers, viewing recipe information. Blichmann’s BrewVision puts temperature information, timers, and recipe information into the palm of your hand and provides a fully interactive digital home brew session. The Blichmann Brew Vision home brewing monitoring systems uses bluetooth technology to help you do more and and put the power of BrewVision in the palms of your hands!
The BrewVison has an indoor range of about 25 feet and up to 100 feet line of sight range. It is also super accurate with a +/- 0.5F accuracy range, so you cab be confident your mash and sparge are on target! Blichmann has thought about everything with the BrewVision digital home brewing system. The battery life on this device is 100+ hours using 2 AAA batteries. That means that you can brew about 20 all grain home brewing batches and about 40 extract batches on just one set of batteries.
Blichmann’s patent pending BrewVision transmitter and sensor features an exclusive sanitary nut that is easy to clean without removal. Installation is simple and secure. for brew day status to ensure you’re at your target temps. With the Brew Vision app based monitoring system, you will never miss target temps or hop additions again! The BrewVison Home Brewing App lets you monitor current temperatures and adjust targets. The in app alarm notifies you before reaching target, when out of range, and for boil additions. You even have all your recipe information at your fingertips with the BrewVision App! You can download recipes directly from BeerSmith cloud or manually enter them to sync with your brew day. Here are some of the features on Blichmann’s Brew Vision digital home brewing system.
Beersmith recipe integration
Record your results
Can pair up to 7 Brewing Sensors
120 hour battery life
25 foot indoor range and 100 foot outdoor range
Reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius
Made in the USA
Click the link for additional information or to purchase a Blichmann BrewVision! This item ships free!