Feeling Empty (Figuratively and Literally!)

On August 17, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
The latest kegged-up ales on gas

The latest kegged-up ales on gas

Today I kegged up the last two ales from my summer brewing marathon that were still in carboys.  For the first time, in what seems like forever, I have nothing in glass fermenting away.  I kegged ten gallons of Klassic Kolsch and five gallons of Blue Flame Imperial IPA.  They both attenuated well and completely.  The Kolsch had an original gravity of 1.052 and finished at 1.011, for a 5.4% ABV.  The hydrometer jar sample tasted wonderful, a bit drier and less sweet than my first batch of Kolsch.  This one is a keeper!  The Blue Flame Imperial IPA also attenuated much better than the last batch.  It started with an original gravity of 1.078 and went all the way down to 1.011, for a 8.8% ABV.  For this batch of Blue Flame, I used late hops exclusively, except for the single 90 minute bittering charge.  I also bumped up the dry hops with two ounces each of Summit and Nugget hops.  The uncarbonated sample tasted great and the ale has a huge hop nose.  This is going to be an awesome ale in six weeks!

Eight, sad empty carboys...

Eight, sad empty carboys...

I now have eight dirty carboys that I need to clean.  Nothing is quite as sad looking as eight empty carboys…

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Wit is Kegged!

On July 17, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

The Blue Moons Belgian Wit is kegged up and carbonating.  It had an original gravity of 1.058 and finished at a respectable final gravity of 1.008.  This makes it a 6.6% ABV ale.  I really like this batch the best of all the wits I’ve brewed.  I scaled back on the corriander and it is a much more subdued flavor in this ale.

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Amber Ale and Watermelon Wheat Kegged!

On June 23, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

This evening, after I got set up for tomorrow’s brew, I kegged up five gallons of Jurassic Amber Ale and ten gallons of Watermelon Wheat Ale.  The amber ale is wonderfully hoppy and should be very nice in a week or so after chilling and carbonating.  It had an original gravity of 1.059 and a final gravity of 1.008, for a 6.7% ABV.  The Watermelon Wheat had an original gravity of 1.069 and finished up at a whopping 1.006!  It was originally going to have a lower original gravity, around 1.055, but I think the wort grabbed a bunch of sugar from the watermelon.  Then it attenuated far mare than I anticipated.  I was hoping for a nice summer session ale in the Watermelon Wheat, but with a 7.1% ABV, it’ll be an ale to respect.

The Watermelon Wheat Ale has a very subdued watermelon aroma and a slight melony aftertaste – kind of what I was hoping for:)  I didn’t want a watermelon juice beer.  The hydrometer sample was very drinkable and I’m sure it will be much better after carbing and cooling.  I did the “shake and roll” carbonation technique on both the amber keg and one of the kegs of watermelon wheat.  They are both sitting in the keggerator in hopes of being drinkable in the next week or so.

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