December 23, 2006

ESB 1 – Oops.

Category: ESB — Josh @ 10:16 am

I realized that the scale that I measured the sugar with was about an ounce off. There is only about 3/4 cup of corn sugar or slightly less.

December 21, 2006

ESB 1 – Bottling Day

Category: ESB — Josh @ 10:05 am

FG 1.016 – Bottled w/ 5.25 oz dextrose in 2 cups water boiled 10 mins, cooled to room, and added to bottling bucket. – Diacetyl faded.. definately can taste the hops. Seems to compliment the alcohol flavor and slight buttery ESB flavors from this yeast strain. Reminds me of Red Hook ESB except more malty, More Hop Flavor, Not as bitter as a Red Hook ESB. Not really overpowering on the hops flavors.

December 8, 2006

ESB 1 – Racked to Secondary

Category: ESB — Josh @ 8:10 pm

SG 1.018 – Racked to Secondary – Tastes warm. Diacetyl noticeable.

December 6, 2006

ESB 1 – SG Update

Category: ESB — Josh @ 8:18 pm

SG 1.020

December 4, 2006

ESB 1 – Progress

Category: ESB — Josh @ 7:06 pm

SG 1.021 Airlock activity.. every 20-30 seconds. Noticible malty flavor. Good and Bitter. Nice Hop aroma. Alcohol flavor seems a litle harsh. Diacetyl. Hopefully it will age well.

December 1, 2006

Winter Brown Ale – Bottling Day

Category: Winter Brown Ale — Josh @ 10:29 pm

12/01/2006 – Day 19 – Bottled beer. Calculated priming sugar needed using this webpage

A Primer on Priming

I chose volume of CO2 2.6. I want this beer to be carbonated. I have kept the beer at 68F in the temp controlled freezer, and calculated that I needed 5 oz of corn sugar. I mixed corn sugar with .5 gallons of water to make up for the wort lost in fermentation. Boiled the mixture for 15 minutes let cool and used this to prime the beer for bottling.

FG 1.024 @ 70F – 1.025 corrected – 2.4 % ABV. It tastes pretty good, not what I was expecting though.