All grain beer brewing is easier than you may think
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Monthly Archives: April 2020

Cider House Cranberry Apple Cider – Part 1 of 2

We took a 6 gallon cider kit and scaled it down to 5 gallons. To help you with the ABV simply take the Abv 5.2% / 5 (gallons you want to make) and multiple by 6 (gallons it was intended for) = 6.24% Add corn starch if you wish to bring the abv up even higher.

I would recommend Cider House Cranberry Apple Cider but without the sweetener as I feel it hurt the overall flavor considerably

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Filter and Bottle Red Wine – Plus how not to spray red wine everywhere!

Using a low cost Vinbrite Mark III filter with a minor modification does a great job for affordable wine filtering. I also show why you should always pay attention as I spray red wine all over white bricks, the floor and a wall. PBW does an amazing job at removing the red wine to avoid major stains and kept my wife from getting upset about the mess I made. I also show why what corking equipment you buy really matters when trying to cork wine bottles. Red Wine California Merlot aged on medium toasted American Oak which tastes amazing. Also knowing I only paid about $3.33 a bottle for this stuff plus my hard work makes the wine taste even better.

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Citrus Rye IPA, Grain to Glass – Part 2 of 2

Extremely citrus forward Citrus Rye IPA without any citrus added to the brew, as all of the citrus came from the hops and yeasts used. I took an old Red Rye IPA recipe that I had brewed before and modified it using ingredients from beer kits I bought during the holidays. Just remember if you buy a beer kit you can always just use the parts to make your own recipes.

Imperial Citrus A38 (only yeast I planned on using) Sadly the fermentation staled so I added on the 6th day: Imperial Barbarian A04 yeast On the 7th day I added: Bootleg Biology – Funk Weapon #3 which within 24 hours fermentation started up again.

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Citrus Rye IPA, Grain to Glass – Part 1 of 2

Extremely citrus forward Citrus Rye IPA without any citrus added to the brew, as all of the citrus came from the hops and yeasts used. I took an old Red Rye IPA recipe that I had brewed before and modified it using ingredients from beer kits I bought during the holidays. Just remember if you buy a beer kit you can always just use the parts to make your own recipes.

Citrus Rye IPA - 7.4 ABV - 100 IBU - 13.2 SRM
5 Gallon batch (5.15 gallons to account for loss) - 19 Liters
6 lbs of Pale LME (2.72 Kilograms)
2 lbs Rye Malt (.91 Kilograms)
1 lb Cara-Pils (.45 Kilograms)
1 lb Carared (.45 Kilograms)
1 lb Wheat Malt, Pale (.45 Kilograms)
1/2 lb Victory Malt (.23 Kilograms)
4 oz Caraaroma (.11 Kilograms)
1 oz Chinook (12.4% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 90 mins
1 oz Centennial (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 90 mins
1 oz Chinook (12.4% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
1 oz Centennial (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
1 oz Chinook (12.4% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
1 oz Centennial (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
10 minutes before cutting the heat:
Added 1 heaping tsp of Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Added 1 tsp of Amylase enzyme to help break down additional fermentable sugars

For 10 min whirlpool for the 5 hops listed below at 140F (60C):
1 oz Chinook (12.4% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Centennial (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Citra (12.8% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Cascade (5.7% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Calista (3.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams)

Mash 122 F for 30 min (50 C)
Mash 150 F for 30 min (65.5 C)
Mash out 168 F for 10 min (75.5 C) 

Dry Hop for 7 days the 5 hops listed below:
1 oz Chinook (12.4% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Centennial (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Citra (12.8% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Cascade (5.7% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
1 oz Calista (3.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams)
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