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Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:10 PM
I brewed my first beer for 2006 this past weekend. I'm entering this beer into a compitition in March. It's a American Amber Ale. Here is the recipie.


Brewing Date: Saturday January 14, 2006
Head Brewer: Rusty Knapp
Recipe: American Amber Ale

BJCP Style and Style Guidelines
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10-B American Ale, American Amber Ale

Min OG: 1.045 Max OG: 1.060
Min IBU: 25 Max IBU: 48
Min Clr: 10 Max Clr: 17 Color in SRM, Lovibond

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 6.00 Wort Size (Gal): 6.00
Total Extract (Lbs): 9.38
Anticipated OG: 1.059 Plato: 14.60
Anticipated SRM: 9.6
Anticipated IBU: 49.0
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual OG: 1.061 Plato: 14.90
Actual FG: 1.010 Plato: 2.56

Alc by Weight: 4.25 by Volume: 5.44 From Measured Gravities.
ADF: 82.8 RDF 68.3 Apparent & Real Degree of Fermentation.


Pre-Boil Amounts
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Evaporation Rate: 15.00 Percent Per Hour

Raw Pre-Boil Amounts - only targeted volume/gravity and evaporation
rate taken into account:

Pre-Boil Wort Size: 7.06 Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.051 SG 12.51 Plato

Formulas Used
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Brewhouse Efficiency and Predicted Gravity based on Method #1, Potential Used.
Final Gravity Calculation Based on Points.
Hard Value of Sucrose applied. Value for recipe: 46.2100 ppppg
Yield Type used in Gravity Prediction: Fine Grind Dry Basis.

Color Formula Used: Morey
Hop IBU Formula Used: Rager

Additional Utilization Used For Plug Hops: 2 %
Additional Utilization Used For Pellet Hops: 6 %


Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
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6.4 0.60 lbs. Crystal 80L 1.033 80
4.8 0.45 lbs. Munich Malt Germany 1.037 8
3.2 0.30 lbs. Victory Malt America 1.034 25
2.4 0.23 lbs. Biscuit Malt Belgium 1.035 24
51.2 4.80 lbs. Alexander LME - Pale America 1.037 2
32.0 3.00 lbs. Muntons DME - Light England 1.046 5

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Hops

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
0.75 oz. Columbus Pellet 15.00 42.5 60 min.
1.00 oz. Mt. Hood Pellet 6.50 6.5 15 min.
1.20 oz. Willamette Whole 5.00 0.0 Dry Hop


Extras

Amount Name Type Time
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
0.36 Oz Irish Moss Fining 15 Min.(boil)


Yeast
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White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Fermentation Specifics
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Pitched From: Liquid Pack
Amount Pitched: 35 mL
Lag Time: 19.00 hours
Primary Fermenter: Glass
Primary Type: Closed
Days In Primary: 10
Primary Temperature: 68 degrees F

I took a few pics which are shown below with a discription.

This is of my new 15.5 gallon brew kettle. I can now make 10 gallons of beer at a time.

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:11 PM
Inside of kettle (pre boil) with 7 gallons of water heating up.

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:13 PM
The wort came to a boil in about 20 min's...........

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:16 PM
A couple of pics showing my new wort chiller in action.......I went from boiling down to 65 deg. F in less than 15 min.'s

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:18 PM
And the cooled sweet wort. After being cooled.

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:19 PM
The brew dog takes a break in the garage (his favorite place) after a hard day of brewing beer.

shaymus
01-16-2006, 03:27 PM
Look's good. You bottle and ship?

Rusty
01-16-2006, 03:28 PM
Look's good. You bottle and ship?

Nope.........I keg and drink........... freakin bottomsup

shaymus
01-16-2006, 03:51 PM
I hear ya!

HeadDoc
01-16-2006, 04:02 PM
nice setup and nice job Rusty. makes my gear look like crap ;)

Rusty
01-16-2006, 04:06 PM
nice setup and nice job Rusty. makes my gear look like crap ;)

That is the boil kettle of my soon to be finished 3-tier system. I'll have those Sanke kegs as my HLT, Mash Tun also. Our brew club here in Tulsa is starting a BJCP study group next month and I'm one of eight that have elected to take the test in July. So my time is going to be limited. I may not get much work done on my brewing system.

wildthing
01-16-2006, 04:45 PM
Very Cool Rusty, glad to see ya back. thanks for sharing your pics.

Mungo
01-16-2006, 05:38 PM
Dang Rusty - you've made a science out of it. I hope my batch comes out OK. I had bought a Hydrometer in my brewing kit, but the instructions didn't include anything on what the heck to do with it.

Rusty
01-16-2006, 05:41 PM
Dang Rusty - you've made a science out of it. I hope my batch comes out OK. I had bought a Hydrometer in my brewing kit, but the instructions didn't include anything on what the heck to do with it.

Try this link. I don't use a Hydrometer anymore. They can be somewhat cumbersome. I've started using a Refracometer.

http://www.howtobrew.com/appendices/appendixA.html

Mungo
01-16-2006, 05:56 PM
Try this link. I don't use a Hydrometer anymore. They can be somewhat cumbersome. I've started using a Refracometer.


Dang again Rusty - if I use too much refer brewing this beer, ain't nothing getting boiled or bottle except me! :lol: :lol:

Thanks for the technical tip. B)

Rusty
01-16-2006, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the technical tip. B)


Not a problem. That's what I'm here for.

Rusty
01-18-2006, 02:35 PM
Just to add, I had to put the blow off tube on Monday afternoon. It's now just bubbling away and the yeast is making beer. I've got my next recipe formulated to make another batch this weekend.

Tony
01-20-2006, 07:52 PM
So Rusty...when are coming over to the "Dark Side" and going all grain?

Or have you? :ph34r:

So, are you going to build a tree type 3 tier gravity system or are you going to do a pump set up? I have been planning out on paper both a gravity tree set up, and a single tier pump system. Im debating which to use, as right now I still fly sparge, but may try batch sparging to see which is better. Fly give you better efficiency, so Im not sure which direction Im gonna go.

Rusty
01-20-2006, 07:57 PM
So Rusty...when are coming over to the "Dark Side" and going all grain?

Or have you? :ph34r:

So, are you going to build a tree type 3 tier gravity system or are you going to do a pump set up? I have been planning out on paper both a gravity tree set up, and a single tier pump system. Im debating which to use, as right now I still fly sparge, but may try batch sparging to see which is better. Fly give you better efficiency, so Im not sure which direction Im gonna go.

I've got most of the equipment for my AG setup, but I don't have a structure built yet. I've put off doing any all grain yet as I'm just too damn busy doing too many things. What I have invisioned is a three teir tree and then eventually taking my HLT and building a heat exchanger and making it into a HERMS set up. And then making that all automatic with a computer and temp sensors that control the pumps.

Tony
01-20-2006, 08:09 PM
Ah, so you are going all out. Cool! Do me a favor and let me see your set up once it has been planned out. Im still on the fence about going in that direction, as right now I have my all grain method down to a regular routine, and even though it is all gravity, Im down to a good science on it.

But, like anything else, change happens!

Rusty
01-20-2006, 08:13 PM
Ah, so you are going all out. Cool! Do me a favor and let me see your set up once it has been planned out. Im still on the fence about going in that direction, as right now I have my all grain method down to a regular routine, and even though it is all gravity, Im down to a good science on it.

But, like anything else, change happens!

I'll take some pics of my HLT, MLT and Boil kettle and post them for ya. I posted a pic of a three tier tree last year, that is the one I am still shooting for because it offers the most versitility. Oh and one more thing, I'll be taking the BJCP test this comming July.

Tony
01-20-2006, 08:17 PM
Testing to become a judge eh? Nice!

Rusty
01-23-2006, 04:04 PM
Tony, I got tired of not being on the AG band wagon, so I purchased a Igloo cooler and made a mash tun. I'll be using it for batch sparging till I get my 3-tier tree built and can use my 15.5 gallon kettles.

Tony
01-25-2006, 02:02 AM
Way cool! You will be glad you did. Its so much nicer to control every part of your brewing, and with AG, you make it how you want. Let me know what you brew first!

Rusty
01-25-2006, 01:40 PM
Way cool! You will be glad you did. Its so much nicer to control every part of your brewing, and with AG, you make it how you want. Let me know what you brew first!

I'm heading to the brew store to pick up my first batch of grains today after work. And I'm going to make it friday after work. drunks

arthureld
01-25-2006, 02:01 PM
Great report Rusty. Yer makin me drewl and it's 9 am and I'm at work.

Rusty
01-25-2006, 02:02 PM
Great report Rusty. Yer makin me drewl and it's 9 am and I'm at work.

Get out the pint glass............... bottomsup