Sunday, October 21, 2007

SDPA gone bad and a new experiment

Well, I just learned that I should trust my nose. When I pitched the yeast I had from the previous SDPA into this batch, I thought it was off. Sure enough, two days later and still nothing. So I got a fresh White Labs California Ale Yeast and it really took off. Today I transfered it to secondary and the smell was just way off. The same chemical sort of smell that made me pitch my Hefeweizen last year. So all those yummy ingredients down the drain. I'm giving it a couple of days in secondary and will taste it again, but that's mostly an act of desperation. Suckage.

Considering it's almost November, I probably won't try another SDPA this year, since I want a Guiness clone on the Angram by the time it gets cold. I was going to start the Steam Beer kit I thought i had kicking around, but I have no idea what happened to it. Did I already brew and consume it? I almost think I did.. I had something else next to the Belgian before I put the Oaked Bitter on.. I bet it was the steam. Now, if i kept better notes in here...

So I decided to go a little crazy today. I still had a couple of cans of Coopers Wheat Extract and it's just too dark for a Paulaner style Hefeweizen. I decided to throw a bunch of Belgian ideas together and just mix something up. I do brew beer the way I cook, never able to stick to recipes.

Here's what I got:

Boil @ 60 minutes

  • 9# Coopers Wheat Malt Extract Syrup
  • 1 oz. Perle
  • 1 oz. Liberty

Boil @ 30 minutes

  • 1 16 oz. can of Cranberry Sauce

Boil @ 5 minutes

  • 1 oz. of Liberty
  • 1 tsp. English Moss

Pitched with White Labs Trappist Ale Yeast. And in a week, I will re-pitch with White Labs Champagne Yeast. A little Trappist, a little Wit, a little Cranberry and enough sugars to give the Champagne yeast something to work on for a high gravity tart Wit variation. Or that's what I imagine it will turn into.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

SDPA: Cask-Conditioned IPA, take 2

As usual, plenty of beer related things have happened since the last post, but I didn't write anything down. The long and short is that the Cask Conditioned IPA I did back July was hooked up to my Angram in August and it was perfect. Right Hop flavor and aroma, right mouth-feel coming out of the hand-pump. Exactly right. Tastes like those tasty San Diego casks at the Liar's club. Now, using only 7 lb. of DME, it's not quite DIPA strengh, but it certainly is fashioned after the San Diego DIPA, or as it ought to be called, SDPA. Maybe it's a light SDPA.

Anyway, that keg is nearing at the bottom and so i'm way overdue to start a replacement, since i want a proper conditioning period. So what I brew today won't be ready for a month. Regardless, I'm doing another batch with the only change is swapping out the Amber DME with more Light DME and moving it to the late addition stage at 15 minutes. This should give me an even lighter color, as is characteristic of SDPAs.

Steep (45min @ 160F)

  • 0.5# Victory
  • 1.0# Cara Pils
  • 0.5# 10L Crystal

Boil @ 60 minutes

  • 3# Light DME
  • 1 oz. Columbus Pellets
  • 1 oz. Centennial Pellets
  • 0.5 oz. Cascade Pellets

Boil @ 15 minutes

  • 4# Light DME
  • 1 oz. Columbus Pellets
  • 0.5 oz. Cacade Pellets

Boil @ 0 minutes

  • 1 oz. Centennial Pellets
  • 1 oz. Cascade Pellets


  • White Labs California Ale Yeast (repitched from last IPA's wort)

This will ferment for a week and then get racked to secondary w/ dry hopping.

Dry Hop

  • 1.5 oz. Cascade Flowers
  • 1 oz. Simcoe Plugs

After another two weeks, I'll rack it to the keg with another 0.5 oz. of Cascade and 1 oz. of Simcoe and sugar for cask conditioning.

I'll need to kick in another batch next weekend that I can get on tap in 2 weeks. I have a Steam beer kit still waiting for me to brew it, and after tasting the San Diego Brewer's Association serious overhopped Steam beer at Home Brew Mart yesterday, I'll probably augment that kit with various hops.

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