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Hey there…here is the plan.  This weekend, I’m going to be brewing an IPA…

It’s going to be a single step infusion mash which for the most part is a fairly simple way to handle the mash process.

For a 5 Gallon batch you’ll want to add 6 to 6 and 1/2 gallons of water to the mash.  The target temperature for your water should be 150 degrees F for a duration of 60 minutes.

Any questions?

Ok…on to the next bit.  After the mash is complete, put all your liquor into your pot and move back to the stove…boiling time for this recipe will be a total of 90 minutes.

The ingredients.

Grains

12 lbs of 2-row pale malt

2 lbs Rye malt

2 lbs Caramel malt

Hops

1 oz Admiral (added at start of boil)

1 oz Brewer’s Gold (added 30 minutes into boil)

2 oz Magnum (added 15 minutes before end of boil)

 

Yeast

Wyeast 1332 (Northwest Ale Yeast)

 

Following the boil, move the wort to your primary fermenter and allow the liquid to cool.  Once cooled, pitch your yeast.

The primary fermentation should be about 7 to 10 days.

This IPA should run right around 8.5 ABV with an IBU of 139 if all goes well.

 

Predicted Original Gravity is 1.078

Predicted Terminal Gravity is 1.013

 

To some extent, I sort of assumed that if you found your way to the recipes section, maybe you’ve done a bit of brewing, but if not drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com and I can fill you in on some of the basics of the brewing process.

 

Cheers…and happy brewing.

 

josh frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

 

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Creativity…

There’s a lot of brewers and breweries out there coming up with some cool and creative logo’s and designs.  Really cool stuff.  Check out the T-shirt below for Naked City…I dig the logo.

Very cool shirt.

Sorry to keep throwing shirts and things up here.  I’m always impressed by creativity…and am always eager to lend support to the brewing community whenever I can.

There are more beer reviews coming though…so don’t go thinking that all you’re going to see here is t-shirts from now on.   I’ve got several reviews in the works as well as a couple of Homebrew recipes that I’ve been meaning to post for you.

Not sure if this is someone’s homebrewery…or if this is a micro or what, but Fat Bassett Brewing Company is a pretty cool name…so I thought I’d post their T-shirt here…

Night Train Ale

O’so Brewing Company

Plover, WI

http://www.osobrewing.com

ABV – 7.2%

IBU – 86

O’So Brewing Company prides themselves on what they refer to as “Freestyle Brewing”. Their Night Train Ale is a perfect example of freestyle brewing success.

 Night Train Ale is a pitch black oatmeal porter. There is very little head or foam, just a bit of film that floats ontop of the blackest of beers.

 Night Train’s aroma is mouth-watering. Coffee and chocolate with a hint of black liquorice.

 The flavors are rich and malty, roasted coffee flavors blending nicely with a hint of chocolate. There is a pleasant hop bitterness that clings to your tongue. There are also the slightest of alcohol flavors…though it in no way detracts from the beer. The finish is dry.

 Night Train is a complicated ale…most likely a Robust Porter if we really need to apply labels to things, but really who needs labels. I thoroughly enjoyed Night Train. It might be hard to drink more than two or three in a night and still maintain any sort of coherent thought process, but I’d recommend that you give it a try. I know several of my friends who would love this beer. Pick up a six pack or two of this fine porter

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com

ABV- 5.2%

IBU – Unavailable

My father-in-law likes his beers dark. Often times when he comes into town for a visit he’ll tell me about the beers he’s sampled since we last saw him. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, he has quite a few to choose from. A few months ago, he brought along one of his favorites. Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

 I recently stumbled upon a couple of bottles of Black Butte Porter that were left behind in our fridge. Remembering how much I enjoyed Black Butte the first time I had it, I figured it would make an ideal subject for one of my reviews.

 Black Butte Porter is black in the glass. It doesn’t have a head so much as a loose beige foam that quickly dissipates, leaving behind a little bit of film that floats atop the porter. It appears to be nicely carbonated.

 The aroma is heavily chocolate malt. It honestly smells fantastic.

 The first sip delivers rich roasted malt and coffee flavors. It has a dry finish and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 I really enjoyed Black Butte Porter. I must be honest. Part of the enjoyment comes from joking with my kids that the name is actually “Black Butt Porter” (Sorry, I’m a six year old in a thirty-six year old body).

 Black Butte is a nearly perfect porter. I would have another in a heartbeat…in fact, let me check in my fridge…that may be sooner than later.

 I’d certainly recommend Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter to my friends. I’d also offer the advice that Black Butte Porter is best consumed early in the evening. It’s richness and complexity are deserving of your undivided attention…before a night of drinking numbs your taste buds.

 cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Kilbourn Hop Ale

Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company

Wisconsin Dells, WI

ABV- 5.5%

IBU – Unavailable

When visiting the Wisconsin Dells, you’ll find Wisconsin Brewing Company’s Kilbourn Hop Ale on draft at both the Moosejaw Restaurant & Brewery and Buffalo Phil’s.

 This particular day we were having lunch at Buffalo Phil’s. My Kilbourn Hop Ale arrived in a frosted mug. It is golden or possibly bronze in color. It has no real head to speak of, just a slight film floating at the top of the glass.

 Kilbourn has a piney hop aroma mingled with a slight sweetness.

 The first sip is all malt and the hop flavor is  vague and hard to define. The ale has a clean finish with no lingering aftertaste.

 Kilbourn Hop Ale is a decent beer , not great by any means, but certainly the high point of a pretty lackluster line up.      I wish I had more to say about this one.  It’s really just not a noteworthy beer.  Kilbourn Hop Ale is an American Pale Ale that is average at best,  made by a brewery that is lucky enough to be the only microbrewery in the Wisconsin Dells.

cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 

Contorter Porter

Ale Asylum

Madison, WI

www.aleasylum.com

ABV- 4.8%

IBU – Unavailable

I’ve been a fan of Dean Coffey’s brewing since his days at Angelic Brewing Company.   I’ve had a couple other Ale Asylum beers. My favorite is a hoppy as hell amber that bears the name Ambergeddon.

 I had high hopes for Contorter Porter. I opened the bottle and poured the dark brown ale into an imperial pint glass. An inch thick, frothy beige head quickly formed.

 I held the glass to my nose and found the aroma to be sweet with hints of chocolate.

 However, Contorter Porter actually seems rather bland.  The malt flavors were distant and almost non-existent and were followed by a ever so slightly bitter aftertaste.

 It was actually pretty disappointing.  I’ve enjoyed some of Ale Asylum’s other offerings and have been looking forward to cracking open this bottle of Contorter Porter.

 The Ale Asylum website describes Contorter Porter as complex with a rich flavor and silky smooth finish. Maybe it’s just over my head or something. Maybe my tastebuds just aren’t equipped to handle the “complexity” that Contorter Porter brings to the table…who knows.

 I really wanted to like this one. I took each sip with great care… I tried to find something, but all I really found was disappointment.

 While I would happily recommend other Ale Asylum beers…for instance, Ambergeddon is fantastic…I’d recommend that you steer clear of Contorter Porter.

Anyway…

cheers,

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Jack Stout

Wild Onion Brewing Company

Barrington, IL

www.onionpub.com

ABV – 6%

IBU – Unavailable

The first time I ever had a can of Wild Onion’s Jack Stout, I was sitting by a campfire in Door County Wisconsin. I was surprised at how good it was as microbrew from a can is still a shock to me…so I was astounded that anything from a can could really be so good.

 Several weeks later, I found time to sit down with a second can. I poured it into a pint glass and watched as a creamy tan head formed atop the blackest of ales.

 Holding the glass to my nose…or maybe my nose to the glass, I was greeted by the aroma of roasted malt mingled with coffee and chocolate.

 Jack Stout is quite tasty. It is rich and creamy. Slightly sweet with intense coffee flavors.

 Maybe its the creaminess, but there are moments where Jack Stout reminds me just a bit of Guinness.

 Jack Stout is smooth and quite drinkable. It would make for a good session ale…perfect for a night of playing cards or just hanging out.

 If you enjoy a good stout, Wild Onion’s Jack Stout is the beer for you. For my Guinness hating friends out there…don’t worry…while the creaminess is certainly reminiscent of Guinness, the intense flavors and complexity of Jack Stout leave any similarity to Guinness in the dust. So give it a try pick up a Jack Stout. I think you’ll like it…and once you’ve had one, cans # 2 and # 3 won’t be far behind.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Below is a link to a cool T-shirt from Seven Summits Brewing Company…I’m intrigued by the descriptions of their brews at the Seven Summits Beers Page and would love to taste these brews for myself…particularly the Mount Rainier and the Kilimanjaro…

If anyone knows these guys, have em drop me a line at jfrank2264@gmail.com …

In the mean time, check out their T-shirt  here

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Cheers!!

josh