Category: Brett’s Beer Company

Liberty Pale Ale (batch 44) and bottling Framboise (batch 43)

Saturday (May 21st), I decided to do two things at once: Brew a 10 gallon batch of beer and bottle my wife’s Framboise.  Well, they don’t call be crazy for nothing. I decided to redo my Liberty Pale Ale, since the first time I did it it was so stinking good.  Alas, I didn’t have …

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Framboise Transferred to Secondary- Batch 43

So, in what seemed like an eternity, I finally got around to transferring my lovely wife’s Framboise to a secondary fermenter this last Saturday.  Didn’t take the gravity, which I originally planned on doing, but added the Belgian yeast to it- some good old Wyeast 3278 Belgian Lambic Strain. I’ll plan on letting it sit …

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A New Framboise Attempt- Batch 43

I’ve been wanting to revisit my last Framboise attempt for some time, and with our kitchen being clean I decided now is the time.  So, after some research and some thinking, here’s the recipe I’ve come up with: 7lbs liquid wheat malt extract (I believe Steinbart’s uses a 60/40 barley/wheat ratio) 1lb dry malt extract …

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East India IPA- Batch 42

Friday I made a batch of my East India IPA.  I redid the recipe from last time, with only two differences.  As I was getting my ingredients, Steinbarts ran out of the 120L crystal malt.  So, I used 1/4lb of the 120L crystal and 1/4lb 80L crystal.  I also had access to some loose leaf …

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My Beer Batch Numbering Screw-up

As those of you who follow this know, I number each batch of beer I do.  Currently I’m up to batch 40.  Well, after making a little spreadsheet of all the beers I’ve brewed, I realized I screwed up in my numbering. My Lucky Stout I did last year was batch 36.  My next batch …

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Bottled Oatmeal Stout- Batch 40

Bottled the stout tonight after a 2 hour delay, thanks to uncontrollable circumstances.  Final gravity came to 1.020 for an alcohol percent of 5.00% even.  Got 94 12oz bottles and two 22oz bottles out of it.  Should be ready to drink by my party on the 15th.  Looking forward to it.

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10 Gallons of Oatmeal Stout- Batch 40

Went to F. H. Steinbart’s yesterday and bought ingredients to make 10 gallons of oatmeal stout. Ingredients: 2lbs of rolled oats, 8lbs of Six Row malt, 1lb of crystal malt, 1lb of chocolate malt, 1/2lb of roasted barley, 7lbs of dark malt extract syrup, and some Wyeast 1084 Irish ale yeast.  I had the gypsum …

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I Threw a Hooker in a Bottle- Ruby Hooker Mead Batch 38

Racked off my Ruby Hooker Mead today. The first thing I noticed when I opened the lid was the smell.  STRONG ALCOHOL SMELLS!  It also had a strong raspberry odor and an almost wine like characteristic.  Transferring the mead went well, and the color on the mead is amazing! There were some floaties that made …

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Holiday Cheer- Batch 39

It’s the holiday season again, and like always I intended to brew this beer several weeks ago, but was prevented from doing so by all the combined forces of the universe.  Brett must not have his way, EVER!!!  It’s a cosmic law. Well, with Tracy being sick today and me being in a vehicle with …

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Ruby Hooker Mead- Batch 38

Oooh, yeah!  Got my hands on 18 lbs of honey and 10lbs of raspberries.  What to do with them?  Why, make mead, of course! The recipe is really simple.  Add honey to 1 gallon of water, boil for 15 minutes while skimming off the white proteins that float to the surface. After 15 minutes kill …

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