Recipe Formulation Links

On August 28, 2013, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

BarleyAndWineListed below are some links mentioned during the session Stephen and I gave at Barley & Wine, on August 28, on recipe formulation. I’ve broken them up into five main areas, hops, malt, yeast and recipe aggregation sites and other resources.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but should serve as a starting point for your recipe formulation adventures .

Enjoy!

 

 

Hops

BYO’s Hop Chart

Hop Union’s Aroma Wheel

Hop Union’s Hop List

USA Hops Variety Manual

 

Malt

BYO’s Grain and Adjunct Chart

BeerTools Base Malts and Speciality Grains

Beersmith’s Grain, Sugar and Extract List

Old Republic Brewing’s Malt and Grain Guide

 

Yeast

BYO’s Yeast Chart

White Labs Yeast List

Wyeast Yeast List

Mr. Malty’s Yeast Comparison Chart

 

Recipe Collections

 Lazy Brewer’s Recipes

BeerTools Recipes

BeerSmith Recipes and More

Brewtoad Recipes

beerrecipes.org

 

Other Resources

Brewer’s Friend Recipe Calculator

Brewgr Recipe Calculator

BeerTools Pro Software

Beersmith Software

Designing Great Beers – Book

Brewing Classic Styles – Book

 

 

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Can You Over-Pitch Yeast?

On September 1, 2012, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
Safale S-04

Fermentis S-04

Short answer – yes!

I’ve been giving dry yeast a shot the past few months and I have to say, I do like the convenience. I’ve been rehydrating Safale US-05 and S-04 according to Fermentis’ directions, but based on the results of my last couple batches, I’ve been over-pitching.

I do realize that that the cell counts for dry packages are far higher that White Labs’ vials or Wyeast’s smack packs, and I was pitching three packages. The ales, an IPA and a pale ale have been dry, thin and lacking body. In general, they don’t have a lot of malt character and the hops are just in your face. The fermentations were fast and furious and finished in just a few days. The S-04 dropped out like a rock and provided clear beer very quickly, but at what expense?  Neither of the beers were interesting to drink.  They were just blah. They were over attenuated. I over-pitched.

My most recent brew session was a red IPA and I went back to a liquid culture. I’m eight days into the fermentation and it is still chugging away, but I’m looking forward to getting back to a big, chewy beer as the final product. I think I’ll always have a packet or two of dry US-05 on hand for emergencies, but I don’t think I’ll be pitching dry yeast as the primary fermentation agent. Yea, I could back off a packet and only pitch two, rather than three, but I love what WLP001 does for my ales. Making a starter is some extra work, but why mess with what you know works?

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Yeast for a Year!

Yeast for a Year!

So today was a Charlie Sheen day at NHC.  Winning!

At tonight’s Pro Brewers night, the lovely Mrs. Lazy Brewer won a year’s worth of yeast from White Labs!  There were twelve certificates, each good for two vials of White Labs yeast!  Two raffle tickets were called, with no one responding and the third call was her ticket!  Life is good:)

Today I attended the following breakout sessions:

Brewing on a Budget with Chris Graham of MoreBeer

Hop Boil Chemistry with Colin Kaminski of Downtown Joe’s in Napa

Choosing the Right Yeast with Chris White of White Labs

Brenda and her (my:) Yeast!

Brenda and her (my:) Yeast!

All the sessions were good, but I really enjoyed the brew nerdiness of the hop chemistry and yeast sessions.  Very good info:)

On a sad note, the Town and Country Resort Hotel shooed the gourmet food trucks off their property.  Seems like a money grab move to capture the conference attendees food dollars.  Very very uncool…

The Hospitality Suite Brew Board, beers 17-30

The Hospitality Suite Brew Board, beers 17-30

30 handles at the Hospitality Suite

30 handles at the Hospitality Suite

The Three Beerscateers!  Onf for all and all for beer!

The Three Beerscateers! Onf for all and all for beer!

The conference opening toast!

The conference opening toast!

My Twitter beer buddy @BrettGlenna

My Twitter beer buddy @BrettGlenna

What the hell? A line for the mens room?

What the hell? A line for the mens room?

Incredible Hospitality Room Portable Cold Box with 30 handles!

Incredible Hospitality Room Portable Cold Box with 30 handles!

The Floor of Pro Brewers Night

The Floor of Pro Brewers Night

Me, Vinnie Cilurzo, a big-assed bottle of Temptation and Steve

Me, Vinnie Cilurzo, a big-assed bottle of Temptation and Steve

Mark, Maggie, Steve and Brenda

Mark, Maggie, Steve and Brenda

Mr. & Mrs. Lazy Brewer

Mr. & Mrs. Lazy Brewer

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NHC – Day 3

On June 21, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Travel, by Mark Ranes

Day 3 at NHC and I’m still alive!  Today I attended the following sessions:

Commercial Hop Production and Sales and Its Effect on Homebrewers with Ralph Olson (of Hop Union)

The Equipment Geek with Kent Fletcher

Maintaining Ideal Yeast Health: Nutrients Yeast Need with Dr. Tobias Fischborn (of Lallemand, Inc.)

Yeast: Build Your Own Library with Maribeth Raines

Yeast: Ask the Experts Panel moderated by Justin Crossley (of the Brewing Network), with Tobias Fischborn (of Lallemand, Inc.), Dave Logsdon (of Wyeast), Maribeth Raines, and Chris White (of White Labs)

My family left for home late this morning and I’m already missing them…

As promised here are some random pictures from the last 24 hours:

Charlie Papazian preparing to introduce Sierra Nevada Brewing's founder, Ken Grossman

Charlie Papazian preparing to introduce Sierra Nevada Brewing's founder, Ken Grossman

Ken Grossman leaving the stage after the keynote

Ken Grossman leaving the stage after the keynote

The Going Pro Panel Team

The Going Pro Panel Team

My favorite people at Pacific Coast Brewing for Friday night's dinner

My favorite people at Pacific Coast Brewing for Friday night's dinner

Mmmm!  Pliny the Elder and Green Flash Tripple

Mmmm! Pliny the Elder and Green Flash Tripple

BOAT - Brewery On A Trailer

BOAT - Brewery On A Trailer

Some Guy

Some Guy

The Brewing Network interviewing Charlie Papazian

The Brewing Network interviewing Charlie Papazian

NHC Club Night crowds

NHC Club Night crowds

More NHC Club Night crowds

More NHC Club Night crowds

Eddy didn't come to NHC, but I'm missing his cute underbite!

Eddy didn't come to NHC, but I'm missing his cute underbite!

The BN's Bevo and Some Guy

The BN's Bevo and Some Guy

Some Guy and Mike McDole

Some Guy and Mike McDole

Me, Peter and Some Guy

Me, Peter and Some Guy

Me, John Palmer and Some Guy

Me, John Palmer and Some Guy

Me, Jesse from MoreBeer and Some Guy

Me, Jesse from MoreBeer and Some Guy

This is what Some Guy looks like after staying one too many ales at Club Night

This is what Some Guy looks like after staying for one too many ales at Club Night

Yeast - Ask the Experts Panel

Yeast - Ask the Experts Panel

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