Category: Brett’s Beer Company

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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Tragor’s Brown Ale- Bottled- Batch 49

Tragor's Brown Ale

Oooh, baby!  Got this thing bottled tonight.  Also got to use my new Christmas present! The top part is called an avvinator.  You fill the bowl up with sanitizing solution, use the pump to spray sanitizer into bottles, then hang them on the bottling tree.  Worked great. So, while the kids were doing the bottles, …

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Tragor’s Brown Ale- Batch 49

Papazian Brown Ale Recipe

Christmas Eve.  That time of year when the kids are getting antsy with anticipation.  A feast is being prepared.  Candy is out.  The tree is lit.  There is a festive warmth to the air.  What better time to brew some beer? Tragor’s Brown Ale, as I am calling this one.  I did have a bit …

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Bottled My Stout and Pumpkin Ale- Batches 47 and 48

Pumpkin Ale Beer Label

So, last night I was able to bottle both batches of beer.  Doing it by myself sure takes some time! The Pumpkin Ale is a bit weak in the pumpkin realm.  It could really use more pumpkin presence.  Guess that’s what I get for using a cheap pumpkin and not shopping around for the best …

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