Homebrew Review

Daisy Cutter Clone Review

I was able to start trying this beer just 15 days after being brewed. It was in primary for 4 days, secondary on dry hop for 4 days, and now in the keg carbonating for 7. It’s possible this beer still has some time to come into its own. So far it’s a bit grassy. I like the hop aroma, but it is very candy like, it could be more piney or citrusy. The beer definitely has haze. Lacing is good. Color is where I’d like it. It’s really missing the hop flavor punch I was hoping to get by a high level of late hopping. It’s FG is also a lot higher than the commercial example.

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To dial it in these are some of the changes I’m considering, and my goals on making those changes. I have not decided exactly which changes I’m going to do yet. I want to avoid making too many changes. However the biggest priority is getting hop flavor into the beer.

Adjust the hopping. My first take on the recipe, I pushed all the non bittering hops to whirlpool,thinking I’d get great hop flavor with that. I was wrong. I think I’ll split the hops back out, and do a 10 and 0/whirlpool. Updated process will be to flame out, then add whirlpool hops, and chill until 190. Allow to rest / settle for 20 minutes, then chill to 60, whirlpool, run off.

I’m not too worried about the malt bill, but I’d like to dry it out a little more. I’m considering trying US-05, but with fresh repitchable 1968 around, I can’t see that happening. Despite the fact more attenuative us-05 would bring the beer closer to the measured fg of the original, 1.007.

Other changes to lower fg would be to alter the grain bill to go to all two row, or to drop the mash temperature to 148/150 for 90, for a much more fermentable wort.
All in all, the beer was good enough for me to kick the 2.5g keg in just under a month from the time it was transfered into it. The fastest I’ve turned over a keg since I’ve started kegging.
Daisy Cutter Clone Brewing Log
Recipe.
Clone discussion on home brew talk.

 

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Long delayed Chat Absent tasting notes

These are some long, long, long over due tasting notes of my first saison. As I mentioned in the brewing notes, I feel close to this style due to my heritage, having a small farm, and the open interpretation that is allowed with this style. Saisons are an interesting style. The saison style originates in the farm houses of Wallonia and was made with fresh hops, grains, a variety of adjuncts, and spices varying from farm to farm. It was the beer served to the farm hands and was likely a lower abv and had mixed fermentation. From my understanding the style has only a few strong requirements, high carbonation, very low FG, moderate yeast esters and phenols. The style is way more wide open than the BJCB guidelines suggest. I’ve enjoyed examples hopper, much lighter and darker, as well as much lower and higher ABV. Not to mention versions with brett or other mixed fermentations. Some of the best ones I’ve had have been brett fermented. Continue reading

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Homebrew review – New English Mild

This is a review of my attempt to brew a traditional english mild using the brewing classic styles recipe. I’ve been all about session beers lately. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a pint, or two and not feel it in the morning. I feel like too many of the homebrewing recipes I come across start at 1065, and only go up from there. This beer started where many a homebrew stopped, 1.030, and… Continue reading

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Peppliner Weisse tasting notes

This is a review of my first sour beer a berliner weisse made with 100% local grain. I split the batch into two versions, they are the same sour mashed wort and the same primary fermentation. Continue reading

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Cider with honey review.

This is just a quick review of last years cider. I don’t make a ton of cider, I try to make a batch a year, it seems like the right thing to do living where I do. There are numerous orchards with in a short drive. You can even see quite a few wild apple trees along many of my local running routes. This is what it’s like living in converted farm county. Continue reading

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Pales in Comparison tasting notes

I finally got to sample of Bow Bog Brewing’s version of the pales in comparison along side my version. The basic idea was for the two us to brew the same recipe, using similar ingredients. The two of us ‘designed’ recipe fairly arbitrarily. During an email exchange we agreed on a style, I picked the hop bill, and Mike picked the grain bill. I don’t think either of us has much in the way of experience making recipes, but this came together surprisingly well. We were both happy with the outcome, but I think we both have ideas on how we’d change it to fit our ideal local rye pale ale.

Here are the resulting details:

Brew Day Notes: http://thebottlefarm.com/ProjetsThoughts2/pales-in-comparision-collaboration-with-bow-bog-brewing/
Recipe: http://beersmithrecipes.com/viewrecipe/94338/pale-in-comparison
Untapped Page: https://untappd.com/beer/324085 Continue reading

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Miracle Milk Stout Review

coffee milk stout head

This is my second attempt at a sweet stout, the first was a partial mash oatmeal stout, this was a small biab all grain batch designed from a recipe found on beersmithrecipes.com. I made a few changes to my recipe for scaling, in an attempt to smooth it out. Continue reading

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Bitter American Clone Review

Bitter American Clone

This is my first all grain batch, while I find it very had to be objective about my own beer, I’m happy with the results. Despite some of my brew day miscues. It’s not the recipe that it was designed to be do to those changes, but I don’t think it’s worse for it. While I have not tried the beer side by side with 21 A’s bitter american, it’s similar in spirit. Lowish ABV, light body, but not watery, and hoppy. Continue reading

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Fresh hop American Amarillo Wheat review

From reading the brew day post, the second attempt at a hoppy american wheat took a few unexpected turns. I struggled to get the wort out of the kettle after boil, this being my first time brewing with whole hops, and fresh hops. The recipe itself is super simple, dme and hops, and a big dry hop dose. Ultimately I’m trying to replicate three floyds gumball head I was aiming for a light bodied, very aromatic, hop flavored beer. I ended up with a very light bodied, astringent, chlorophyl flavored beer, with tons of dry hop aroma. Continue reading

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Homebrew Tasting Notes: AHS Oatmeal Stout

ahs gold seal oatmeal stout

This is the first stout I’ve brewed, and I’m not really a big stout drinker, so I’m not sure this is a very qualified review this, but I’ll give it a go.
This is a very thick, rich stout. It has plenty of residual sugar, finishing at 1.018 will do that to you.

As you can see from the photo there isn’t much head. Continue reading

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