Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Homebrew #4: "Chad'z Weeknight Wheat"

If you remember back in the spring I brewed a hefeweizen by myself and called it "Chad'z Truly Unsupervised Hefeweizen." Well I drank it pretty quickly and I knew I wanted more to last the rest of the summer so I bought the same kit but decided to tweak it a little. See the description below for details.

"Chad'z  Weeknight Wheat" recipe
Made from a preassembled kit from Hammersmith Homebrew Supplies in Latham, NY.

Brewed: 6/5/12
Secondary: 6/10/12
Bottled: 6/16/12

OG: 1.048
FG: 1.011
ABV: 4.86%

STEEPING GRAINS: (~45 minutes)
Wheat Malt Grain   (1 pound)
Lager Malt Grain   (1 pound)
Carapils Malt Grain   (8 ounces)

BOILING FERMENTABLES: (~45 minutes)
Weizen Malt Extract   (3.3 pounds)
Dry Malt Extract Weizen (2 pounds)

HOPS:
Hallertau (4.8% AA):
1oz during mid-boil
1/2oz fifteen minutes to flame out

YEAST:
White Labs liquid WLP300 "Hefeweizen Ale Yeast" (REAL Bavarian yeast, the same as used in Germany)
Lot number: 1300PPAPORA1

WATER:
Nestle Pure Life Purified Water (5 gallons)
Brewed with 2 gallons on stovetop, 3 gallons added to fermenter.

BOTTLING:
3/4 cup dextrose boiled with 1 cup water for 5 minutes. Added to wort prior to bottling.

BREWER'S NOTES:
This is the exact same kit as "Chad'z Truly Unsupervised Hefeweizen." There are only slight differences between the two:
1. I used both 12oz and 22oz bottles (only used 22oz bottles for the first one)
2. I hand cleaned each bottle (I threw the bottles in the dishwasher last time)
3. I sanitized the bottles and bucket with "IO star" (iodine based sanitizer instead of San Star powder)
4. I made an extra effort to rinse the bottles and bottling bucket (last time I sanitized with San Star and didn't rinse because it says "no rinse" formula on the label - this lead to some bottles tasting salty from the sanitizer not being completely rinsed off).
5. I did 45 minutes steeping and 45 minutes boiling (last one was about 40/60 minutes)
6. I transferred to a carboy for six days. I don't think this will affect the taste that much, although it seems to have bumped the ABV up to 4.86% (I think the original was closer to 4.5 or 4.6%)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sprecher Cream Soda | Chad'z Soda Reviews #27

Even though I just reviewed a cream soda, it's been a long time since I reviewed one of Sprecher's soda (December of last year). A&W's cream soda was awesome, but that's made by a big corporation. Surely a "gourmet soda" using all natural ingredients will be even better, right.....?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shaun's "Hops of the Lops IPA" | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #26

Welcome to what is probably the most EPIC review of a homebrew ever put on BeerTube! It wasn't enough to simply have one guest reviewer, so I brought in two of the biggest guns I know:
Dan Harper of "Beyond The Pour": http://youtube.com/TheEndosymbiosis
Ryan Reschan of "San Diego Beer Vlog": http://youtube.com/StumpyJoeJr

About the beer: It's a homebrew recipe that Shaun concocted himself. Here's the basic breakdown:
Malts: Amber, Two Row, Pilsner
Bittering Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe, Warrior
Flavoring Hops: Centinnel, Citra
Aroma Hops: Crystal, Cascade
Dry Hops: Amarillo, Citra
Yeast: White Labs California Ale (?)
Water: Albany tap

Thanks to Dan & Ryan of "Beer Geek Nation" for joining me. I'll be appearing on a guest on their next "Beyond The Pour" podcast. You can subscribe/download it here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-pour-podcast/id513528706