Archive | March 2013

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Battle Road 1775 Tavern Ale

Been looking forward to trying this pale ale from yet another new Massachusetts brewery, Battle Road Brewing Co, since I started seeing blog, Twitter, and Facebook posts about it. I wasn’t sure I’d find anything up my way as sometimes the newer breweries focus on the metro Boston area initially. I was happily surprised to […]

Skiing and beer

This past Thursday, 3/21, my wife made some calls and found us a ridiculous deal up in Laconia, NH for 2 nights stay. A 2 bedroom condo near Weirs Beach with a nice indoor pool set up for the kids and only 10-15 minutes from Gunstock Mountain. We pulled our stuff out of storage in […]

Pils brew continuous updates

After one week in the fermenter, I took a gravity sample this morning. The sample was incredible cloudy, full of tiny particles. 1.022 at 53Ā°. OG was 1.056, but I added about 1/2 gal of boiled/chilled water to top off fermenter as the intended OG was to be 1.051. Reaching out to experienced lager brewers […]

Founders All Day IPA

Picked up a six of Founders All Day IPA last week. This is billed as a “session” IPA, coming in at only 4.7% ABV, which is low alcohol for a modern American pale ale, never mind an IPA. Typical American IPAs these days are at least 6.5%. Many are 7%. So under 5% is a […]

Pils krausen after 36 hrs

I pitched the yeast slurry from my stepped up (3L) starter of Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager yeast Sunday night into my fermenter full of wort. Carboy was in the mid 50s, but I then put it in the fridge to cool down a bit. Fridge was going to be too cold, so Monday morning I […]

First lager brew

After stepping up my yeast starter for two weeks, I finally got to arrange a brew day for today. Starter off stellar… forgot this was the weekend to change the clocks ahead, so instead of mashing in at 8 am, it was 9. Mash temp came in a little lower than I should have done. […]

Build up that starter!

German lager yeast starterĀ  seemed to settle so I placed it in the fridge, dropping the yeast to the bottom. Today I boiled up another liter of wort from some DME, decanted the liquid from the starter flask, and added the new (chilled) wort in hopes of building up more healthy lager yeast. This will […]

Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager yeast starter finally woke up after 48 hrs in the flask.

Looks like the lager yeast is makin’ a comeback! This could be all “typical” for this yeast, but given that I’ve really only brewed ales and hybrids, not lagers, I’m not used to such a lag time on a yeast started getting going. The Wyeast smack pack didn’t expand, but I pitched anyway. About a […]