Category: Brett’s Beer Company

Hefeweizen and Peach Hefeweizen – Batch 56 and 57

Hefeweizen in Fermenters

It’s been since October since I’ve brewed.  So, decided to do a hefeweizen.  But I also wanted to do a peach hefeweizen.  Well, why not do both?  So I did. After much contemplation I decided on doing one big 10 gallon batch, and I will put half with peaches in a secondary.  That way I’ll …

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Big Fat Oatmeal Stout- Batch 55 bottled

Big Fat Oatmeal Stout

I bottled the beer tonight, with the help of my friend Rob.  I also helped him bottle two beers he’s been sitting on since March.  At least they’re beers that mature well with age! Final gravity came out to be 1.024, which would give me an 8.7% alcohol by volume.  Nice! Of course, we tasted …

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Imperial Oatmeal Stout- Batch 55

Oatmeal for stout

Gearing up for a beer tasting party next month and need to cap it off with a good stout.  Was planning on doing my old stand by Oatmeal Stout, which I love, but I wanted to do something bigger.  Something better.  Something…. imperial! So, here’s what I came up with for a recipe: 2 lbs …

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IPA and Pumpkin ale bottled- Batch 53 and 54

Bottled my IPA and Pumpkin ale tonight. IPA final gravity was 1.014, and the Pumpkin final was 1.018, giving  me an alcohol percentage of 6.56 for the IPA and 8.75 for the  Pumpkin. You  know, I don’t really trust my alcohol readings anymore.   Why is this so different from my others? Oh, well. They …

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IPA and Pumpkin Ale- Batch 53 and 54

Pumpkin in my lauder tun

Gearing up for a beer tasting event next month, and my beer is the one going to be on the spot.  So, for the first two beers I’m making an IPA and a Pumpkin ale.  Here are the recipes. God Is Good IPA Preboil tea 3-1/2 gallons (17 L) water 1 pound 60L Crystal malt …

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Weizenbeir, Hefeweizen, Whatever – Batch 52

Witty Weizenbeir

Finally bottled my wheat beer tonight.  Final gravity was 1.010, giving me my standard 5.25 alcohol by volume for this beer. Taste was lacking some of the normal wheat sweetness, but had plenty of wonderfully Hallertauer hoppiness.  Can’t wait till it’s bottle conditioned.  

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Weizenbeir-Hefeweizen-Wheat whatever- Batch 52

So, a friend of mine asked me if my blog was up to date.  Yes, I said.  He said you haven’t brewed since April.  Yeah, yeah.  My beer supplies are running low, time for a summer beer. I brewed my traditional Half-a-weizen on Sunday.  Simple recipe- 7lbs liquid wheat malt extract. Hop schedule I used …

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Bottled the IPA and Belgian Dubbel- Batch 50 and 51

Saturday I bottled my IPA and my Dubbel.  The IPA I named “God is Good IPA”, and of course I’m sticking “Rob’s Belgian Dubbel” for the dubbel.  The IPA final gravity came to 1.022, which doing straight math would give a 6.3% alcohol by volume, but I didn’t do the initial and final before and …

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IPA- Batch 50

Last night I added 1/2 pound of brown sugar to my IPA.  Boiled it with 2 cups of water, then waited a bit for it to cool off.  After adding it I noticed the activity pick up on it.  Next step will be dry hopping it.

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Brewed an IPA and Rob’s Belgian Dubbel- Batches 50 and 51

Centennial Hops for the IPA

So, last night my friend Rob came over and we brewed two beers.  (Note to self:  Brewing two beers on a Friday night is a bit much- do it on a Saturday next time.) We started with the IPA, thinking it would be the easier of the two recipes.  Here’s the recipe we used (inspired …

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