Tag Archive: Brew


The Meaning of Life…

Just a random thought…since its been a long time since I’ve written anything at all here.

I don’t think we should accept any Grand Unified Theory that does not fully explain the seemingly magical power of beer.  I could be wrong…

In case…

 

In case your wondering who this idiot is, that is bashing your favorite beers…that’s me on the left there…what a schmuck, right.

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

 

 

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

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

HopMouth Double IPA

Arcadia Ales

Battle Creek, MI

http://www.arcadiaales.com

ABV – 8.1%

IBU – 76

Arcadia Ales Hopmouth Double IPA is certainly a pretty beer. It is an amber colored ale that seems to glow in my glass. A white head quickly forms, but is gone just as quickly.

 My nose is greeted by an intense citrus hop aroma mingled with a sweetness that reminds me a bit of honey.

 The first sip is amazing. Hopmouth is crisp with a nice effervescence. The first flavor to hit is the hop bitterness. A fantastic blend of citrus and what seems to be pine. There is also the slightest hint of malty sweetness, but the wonderful hoppiness is far and away the dominant flavor.

 I find Hopmouth to be crisp and really quite refreshing. For me, this seems like the perfect beer to end a day spent on yardwork.

 I plan to trackdown many more Hopmouth Double IPA’s.  I’ve got one bottle left and I’m planning to give that one to my dad. He’s just gotta try this one…and so do YOU.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

Bitter Woman IPA in Tulip Glass

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been camping in Door County in Wisconsin…and will actually have a bunch of new reviews related to that trek in the coming days…but here is my latest review.

Bitter Woman IPA

Tyranena Brewing Company

www.tyranena.com

Lake Mills, WI

IBU – unavailable

ABV – unavailable

Tyranena Brewing Company calls Bitter Woman IPA a “Wisconsin version of an IPA”. It is named in honor of an early Lake Mills, WI resident named “Aunt Cal” who was romantically linked to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

 I grabbed my trusty tulip glass and poured my bottle of Bitter Woman. The ale was golden, almost orange in color, sporting a thin white head that clung to the glass.

 The aroma is sweet yet with a strong floral hoppiness. Not to get too sappy here, but I sometimes think that if there’s a heaven, I hope it smells like Bitter Woman IPA.

 The first thing to hit your tongue is the sweetness of the malt…which is quickly swept away by an intense hoppy bitterness that lingers in your mouth, teasing the goodness that awaits you in the rest of the glass.

 This IPA has long been one of my favorites. I think I’ve recommended it to everyone I know that drinks beer at some point. It’s a beer that hopheads will love instantly but might be a little bit intense for those that are new to the style.

 Bitter Woman IPA is a beer that I personally look forward to drinking on tap every year the Great Lakes Brewfest. It is a beer that I know I can count when I am in need of a crisp, refreshing IPA.

In my opinion…this is a 5 star beer.

Track it down, give it a try. I think you’ll love it.

Cheers.

Josh Frank

jfrank2264@gmail.com

 PS.

If you have any beers you’d like for me to check out and review here, drop me a line with the name of a  shop where I can find a bottle or two