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August 27, 2011 – Sweat Your Brew-Off Day

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:08 am
by jimmiec
It was mentioned last night at the Sensory Analysis Class that we need to come up with a style for the Sweat Your Brew-Off Day club brew. It was noted the club only has pilsner and dark wheat malts. Some suggestions so far have been Hefeweizen and Dunkelweizen. I really like the Dunkelweizen suggestion but any other suggestions?

We probably should start planning equipment and food too.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:07 am
by aleguy
Imperial Gose!!!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:50 am
by avatar
What about doing a wheat-pils? Or if we can get roasted wheat you could do a blackened wheat.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:36 pm
by avatar
just had a taste for Kolsch!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:08 pm
by GuitarLord5000
Pilsner and a few pounds of sugar = Tripel!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:25 am
by jimmiec
I'm thinking about skipping this one guys, it's too hot. I have brewed 2 of the last 3 weekends and been outside all day of the 3. I'm still dehydrated from last weekend, which I got up and started brewing at 5 am. I'm just going to sit inside this weekend.

Could maybe get talked into doing a kit beer though.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:58 pm
by aleguy
Forecast for Saturday is currently severe clear and 101 in the shade. That will put the heat index somewhere around 115 degrees. I'm starting to think an August demonstration brew is a really bad idea.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:22 am
by yeastmeister
We have dark wheat and Pilsner left in the club grains. We discussed it at the last couple of meetings, and came up with a mutant Weizen. Its going to be a mutant because we have dark malted wheat. So its going to be closer to the color of a DunkleWeizen.

Lets get a list of equipment going. I will provide the kettle, mash tun, chiller, and the burner. The club is providing the grains, and hops.

Can someone provide the water hose and filter? Can someone provide a mill to mill the grains? Can someone bring an extra propane tank?

We could also probably use a tent if anyone has any way to provide shade.

Can you guys let me know if your gonna be there?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:20 am
by aleguy
We have enough in the propane budget. Why don't you just buy a club tank and get if filled already. Even so we won't use anything near the budgeted amount before the next fiscal year. Not sure if I'm coming yet. It looks like the weather is going to be quite a bit nicer than was forecast earlier in the week.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:23 pm
by jimmiec
I guess I'll be over there around 10 am. I can bring a mill and an extra propane tank. Also I can bring equipment for an extract beer.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:05 am
by aleguy
All-in-all, I'd say it wasn't too bad. We DO need to start promoting these things better. Especially since we can now legally serve home brew to the public. Only a few members showed up, but we still managed to blow a three-gallon keg before we left.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:43 pm
by jimmiec
We ended up making a pumpkin spiced porter kit. It was a nice easy day of brewing and probably the longest brew day for a kit beer but it was nice getting home early. I have the beer and it is fermenting nicely. It started out at 65f and has raise to current temp of 68f. Every time I open the chest freezer, I get a big whiff of spices.

One thing that came up was that some extract brewers and the kit direction said to boil 2.5 gallon of water mixed with the extract and hops. When done with boil, cool and add the remaining water to get volume. I would think you would want to boil with the full volume of water (plus extra for evaporation) for hop utilization and sterilize the water. Myself I don't trust bottle water to be 100% sterile. We boiled with the full volume.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:30 am
by aleguy
Those directions are meant for beginning brewers who are just boiling on a kitchen stove. I did a full volume boil on a kitchen stove. ONCE! After that I decided a propane crawfish burner was worth the cost.