Monday, January 7, 2013

15 Minute IPA

I had the hair-brained idea last night to brew an experimental 1 gallon test batch of an experimental IPA. I'm looking to get a lot of tropical fruits, specifically, Pineapple out of the aroma. I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it, so I brewed an extract batch with some Crystal 40 steeped grains, and boiled for just 15 minutes with the new hop variety - Zythos and fermented with WLP 575 Belgian yeast. Dry Malt Extract has already been boiled so a full 60 minute wort boil isn't required. Between all the set up, brewing, cooling, and clean up, the batch only took me 1 1/2 hours! I'll probably start doing more extract test batches in the near future considering how quickly it can be done.

It's currently fermenting, but I couldn't believe the amount of bitterness that was extracted in just 15 minutes. It was probably the most bitter IPA I've brewed. I've been slowly moving towards less early bittering charges and higher amounts of late addition hopping to extract more hop flavor and aroma. After performing this test, my next all-grain IPA will be conducted with a 60 minute boil and all late addition hops (15 minutes and less).

1 Gallon extract test batch boiling away on the stove top.
The 1 Gallon Wort

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Brewery Tour Round Up

I never finished my Beercation series. Here's are lots of photos from the rest of the breweries we visited.

Anderson Valley, 21st Amendment, Moylan's, Russian River (3 straight days at RR!), Bear Republic, Lagunitas.

Anderson Valley - Mash tun

Anderson Valley - Brewery Control Panel

Anderson Valley - giant hop back 

2st Amendment
21st Amendment - Brewery

21st Amendment Mezzanine Bar

Liz tasting her beer


21st Amendment

21st Amendment




Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. - check out the foot long handle bar mustache on that guy!

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Lagunitas Brewing Co - Outdoor fermentors

Probably my favorite brewery ever - Russian River Brewing Co.

Russian River Brewing Co.

2012 Year in Review

2012 was a great brewing year for Liz and I. We got 30 batches in the books, 3 ribbons (1st Place and Best of Show Honorable Mention at the SD Fair for the the Pale Ale and 1st Place in the QUAFF Strong Ale Competition for the Belgian Dark Strong), became an active member of QUAFF, became BJCP Certified Judges, took a great Beercation, visiting 13 breweries,  and finished the year with getting a Brew Dog - Nelson. Here are a few photos showing some of the highlights of the year:

Another double brew day

2012 San Diego County Fair - 1st Place/Honorable Mention Best of Show - Pale Ale
2012 QUAFF Strong Ale Competition - 1st Place Belgian Dark Strong

Judging at the BJCP sanctioned 2012 Temecula Valley
Homebrew Competition at Black Market Brewing Co.

Our new brew dog - Nelson!
My Head Brewer (Liz) with Nelson