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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dueling Brews

My girls all hanging together
On the Fourth of July, Bonnie and I celebrated the birth of our homeland by brewing two beer side by side... at the same time!  This momentous event was made possible by the generous trade of a pretty full tank of propane for some future beers by my buddy Ryan O! I have to tell you it was great to be able to do and nice to know have a backup tank for normal brewdays.

For her beer Bonnie went with the Petite Saison d'Ete kit from Northern Brewer that'd we'd picked up during the Buy 3 Ships Free promotion. She followed the recipe pretty straight forward but instead of brewing it with the recommended yeast we instead tossed it on the very thin yeast cake from Weiss the Hell Not.  This should give it a bready slightly sour character which will be further refined by aging it on some canned raspberries.  The name given to this beer therefore will be Petite Framboise d'Ete and it should be ready by the fall.

For my beer I decided to take the Dead Ringer kit that came in the promotion and turn it into an IPL using washed yeast from Bonnie's latest batch of Costa del Sol.  I think it's pretty cool that to ferment our beers this round we used the yeast (and bugs) harvested from each other's previous batches. The Dead Ringer kit is essentially a pretty spot on clone of Bell's Two Hearted which is a highly rated all Centennial IPA.  It also happens to be the beer that my brother Ryan B bought for Darkness Day and shared with whomever in line wanted some.  Once it is done I plan on washing the yeast once more for a second run at Bitter Sweet Symphony.

That's it, nice, short and straight forward, probably a sign of posts to come.  Recipes below



Petite Framboise d'Ete 
Type: Extract Date: 7/4/2013 
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal 
Brewer: Bonnie Bennett 
Boil Size: 4.00 gal 
Boil Time: 60 min 
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG 
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 3.9 %
Bitterness: 26.1 IBUs 
Est Color: 5.1 SRM 
Calories: 135.2 kcal/12oz


0.50 lb Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM)
1.00 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) 
1.00 lb Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) 
3.15 lb Pilsner Liquid Extract (3.5 SRM)

1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min
0.25 oz Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min
0.25 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min 
0.75 oz Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 2.0 min 
0.75 oz Styrian Goldings [5.40 %] - Boil 2.0 min 

Pitch on yeast cake from Weisse the Hell Not

1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) 
2.00 tbsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) 

8.00 oz Raspberry Puree (Secondary 3.0 weeks)

Dead Ringer IPL 
American IPL 
Type: Extract Date: 7/4/2013 
Brewer: Scott Bennett 
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal 
Boil Size: 6.97 gal 
Boil Time: 60 min 
Equipment: SNB Brewhouse (Keggle and Cooler) 
Fermentation: Scott's IPL Lager 

Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.067 SG 
Est Final Gravity: 1.017 
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.6 % 
Bitterness: 67.3 IBUs 
Est Color: 9.7 SRM
Calories: 227.7 kcal/12oz 


1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) 
9.15 lb Northern Brewer Gold Malt Syrup (4.8 SRM) 

1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min 
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 20.0 min 
2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min 

1.0 Pt of washed Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940)  

1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) 
2.00 tbsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) 

Dry Hops
2.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days 

The kits
Sydnie and DG
My beer getting ready to boil
Controlling her boil
Weisse the Hell Not
Occationally my phone takes
a great picture
Enjoy By right the fuck now dude!
A hot brewday call for a cold
shower beer
Ended the evening in style


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