Thursday, November 19, 2009

Warrior IPA

A while back, I brewed a batch of single hop IPA's, the first two with Simcoe hops, and then a batch using only the terribly bitter warrior hop. I had tasted the Warrior IPA from Lefthand Brewing back when we lived in Strongmont, and thought it was good. The beer finished out, and I drank most of it, but I didn't really love it. The Simcoe IPA had a much nicer flavor over all, and was much more floral and piney in the nose. To it's credit, I failed to dry hop the warrior batch (what in the hell was I thinking??) Anyway, about a month ago I grabbed a bomber of the Warrior proper from the boys in Longmont. To my surprise, it was very similar to the beer I had brewed, with much better hop aroma. Thinking about this, I deceded to post the recipe here. It's not really a clone, but the flavor was close. I would recommend dry hopping with something like cascade to brighten up the top end.

Single Hop IPA I (Warrior)
American IPA

Type: All Grain
Date: 4/23/2009
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: Bear Run Brewery
Asst Brewer: Jah Ras Tafar I

Boil Time: 60 min
Equipment: My Rig
Brewhouse Efficiency: 60.00
Taste Notes: Solid hop bitter, should have dry hopped. Good beer.


Amount Item Type % or IBU
11.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) Colorado (2.9 SRM) Grain 75.86 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6.90 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6.90 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.45 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.45 %
0.50 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (60 min) Hops 25.5 IBU
2.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
0.50 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (45 min) Hops 23.4 IBU
1.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (10 min) Hops 18.5 IBU
1.00 oz Warrior [15.00 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
0.50 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 3.45 %
1 Pkgs American Ale (Safale Yeast #S-05) [Starter 50 ml] Yeast-Ale
1 tsp 5.2 stabilizer in Mash & sparge H20

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.063 SG
Measured Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.018 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.018 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.86 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.96 %
Bitterness: 67.4 IBU Calories: 253 cal/pint
Est Color: 9.7 SRM Color: Color

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 14.00 lb
Sparge Water: 0.00 gal
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Mash PH: 5.2 PH

Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 17.50 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F
20 min Sparge Add 18.00 qt of water at 187.8 F 170.0 F

Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar
Age for: 28.0 days
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

Friday, November 6, 2009

Rockin Time, pt. 3

Our buddy Dan took this picture of the acoustic set on Sunday. ~*Viva la Rock*~

Monday, November 2, 2009

FOAM Pilsner, Indio, and pure unadulterated ROCK N' ROLL!

I'm not even sure where to begin on this one. Sonically, this was truly a formidable experience. Phish is, in all respects, playing at the absolute top of their game. Oh to be a college kid with nothing but time to go and see these guys play (or to be prince caspian with hooves instead of feet...) The cover of the Stones album, "Exile on Main Street", was fantastic. They took those muddy sounding tracks from the back side of the second platter and rocked them like I've never heard before. "Just Wanna See His Face" kicked soooo much ass. "Let this feeling, relax your mind".... and Shazaaam! Wow.
The ferocity of the rock had my mind looking about like this late on Saturday (is this guy real or a muppet)? The crowd was pretty wild. A bunch of frat boys with no context other than the other Phish show they saw in July (you know - they guy with the t-shirt on from the new album... no style. Bunch of fat boys too. Whatever, they were there rockin). It was kind of funny, and kind of weird. I felt old. I also had the only Tie-Dye on... What the hell's up with that? We ended up talking to this guy for a bit. He had the best perspective on the whole thing when he said, "Man, that Hendrix album kicked my ass, man!"

In celebration of the happy occasion, Sierra Nevada brewed up a special batch of beer, the FOAM pilsner. Being a play on the title of a song, FOAM was clever. That said, FOAM Pilsner conjured thoughts of the bad old days of cases of Huber Pilsner returnable bottles for $8.99 + $1.35 deposit. I believe the lable bragged of being "fully Kreusened". Ahh - technique to give you that extra crisp edge. The beer was average. The Sierra Summerfest was worlds better.

Vikes spank the Pac, Season of Destiny Rolls on strong.

In what can only be described as a glorious Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, the Vikes systematically broke down the pack, and then handed them their asses in front of the slovenly, half-drunk hometown crowd. Surly would be a step up for these people.

One need only look to the infrequent and fleeting glimpses of the crowd (lovely lady on the left) that Fox dared to pump over the live feed to know this: the hapless pack is witless and failing. Their season is doomed to mediocrity. Know this mantra, pack fan, and start chanting now - "Next Year.... Next Year".