Beer! pt 2

Jan. 7th, 2009 08:29 pm
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So, I took out the ale, brewed on the 17th or so.
For reminders, it was supposed to be 1.061/1.015

High volume of LME, very few steeping grains. I added Yeast nutrient and aerated with an aquarium pump for about 40 minutes. I fermented at 64 degrees from the 17th through the 3rd and then crashed the yeast from the 4th through the 6th. It finished at 1.023, which was a bit high (attenuation of 49%ish). Thoughts? It's not as if it finished obscenely high, so it might have come down to 1.020 if I'd left it in a bit longer or fermented a bit hotter, but I'm not sure. I tend to miss high a lot and now I'm looking for ways I can bring the final gravities down, generally.

8 lb Bavarian Pilsner
.5 lb American Munich
.25 lb German CaraFoam

1.0 ea Fermentis S-33 SafBrew S-33

Beer!

Dec. 20th, 2008 05:59 pm
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So, last spring I thought it would be nice to brew a helles for the summer.
But then I never found an appropriate block of time to lager it. So the malt and hops lay around (I had decided to start with Jon Plise's helles, available in kit form from MoreBeer) for a while. I decided that, yeah, I just don't want to deal with lagering right now, and it's the wrong season for a helles anyway. SO, I decided to use the same set of ingredients with an ale yeast. It'll still be a bit blonde for the winter, but...

Anyway, looking for thoughts, especially from, well, you know who you are.

Plise helles ale
Author: Jon Plise/NHRadar

Original Gravity: 1.061 (1.045 - 1.051)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (1.008 - 1.012)
Color: 12.27 (3.0 - 5.0)
Alcohol: 5.96% (4.7% - 5.4%)
Bitterness: 10.1 (16.0 - 22.0)

Ingredients:
8 lb Bavarian Pilsner
.5 lb American Munich
.25 lb German CaraFoam
14.2 g Sterling (5%) - added during boil, boiled 110 min
28.4 g Sterling (6%) - added during boil, boiled 1 min
1.0 ea Fermentis S-33 SafBrew S-33

Notes
ferment at 64 F

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