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Craigen
03-11-2010, 08:14 AM
Last night I received all my beer stuff in the mail :headbang: :cheers: :occasion5:
So I started brewing up my recipe. I didn't get many pictures hopefully next time around I will get more.

Here is a bad pic of the boil:
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/IMG_0555.jpg

Next starting the yeast:
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/IMG_0556.jpg

Here is the wort before pitching yeast, I took a gravity reading and it was pretty close to the computer calculations ~1.048 to 1.05 hard to say exactly because the wart was still kind of warm.
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/IMG_0557.jpg

Finally in my primary fermentation bucket
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/IMG_1450.jpg

After a couple days I will move it to the secondary glass carboy fermenter.


Here are the stats for this recipe:
Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 6.1 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 6.45 pounds
Efficiency 75%
Original gravity 1.048
Final gravity 1.014
Alcohol (by volume) 4.4%
Bitterness (IBU) 26
Color (SRM) 26.2L

I will take more pics in a couple of days when I move it to the secondary fermenter.

Ceg
03-11-2010, 08:34 AM
:thumbright:

GBG
03-12-2010, 10:37 AM
4.4% alcohol?
i would think that a porter would be in the 7-9 range.

Craigen
03-12-2010, 12:03 PM
Not according to my beer software:
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/porter.jpg

GBG
03-12-2010, 01:45 PM
okay, by that chart then ya it makes sense.
i guess im thinking about off the shelf porter's like dueschuets and the like.
i seem to remember they were in the 7ish range...
is there anything to do to increase that number? or would that mess the mix up?

Craigen
03-12-2010, 07:01 PM
I would have to use all grain instead of a partial mash and extract.

Ceg
03-12-2010, 07:26 PM
Not according to my beer software:Wow you have beer software? Burn me a copy. :) Not that I know what to do with it. :scratch:

TJ40
03-12-2010, 09:20 PM
:thumbright: Nice setup! Thanks for the pics!

To give wine a kick, just add corn sugar (boil to disolve) until you get the specific gravity needed for the finished alcohol content. Should be able to do the same for beer. Expect to let it ferment for more time (up to 4 wks in the secondary fermentor), then leave it in the bottle longer to smooth the flavor out (up to 1 yr). But heading towards 9% alcohol sounds like barley wine. I hear that's a tricky brew.

Craigen
03-13-2010, 07:41 AM
I added more sugar than the original recipe called for but according to the software it only up the alcohol content from 4.3 to 4.4%. I then put all the same ingredients in grain and it turned out to be like 5.7%. So I think for my next batch I am going to try and use all grain, although it seems like a lot of work :dontknow:

Also, I moved it into the glass carboy last night. Tasted a sample and to my astonishment it actually seemed to have a good flavor to it. Was a little watterd down because it was the original prime from my racking cane.

http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/photo2-1.jpg

Craigen
03-13-2010, 07:58 AM
Not according to my beer software:Wow you have beer software? Burn me a copy. :) Not that I know what to do with it. :scratch:

It's actually an app for the iPhone here are the links:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f84/brew-pal-software-itunes-app-store-104393/
http://www.brewpal.info/

Craigen
04-07-2010, 05:09 PM
http://i455.photobucket.com/albums/qq273/craigenr/be5aa185.jpg
Just tried it and it came out pretty good! :headbang: :occasion5:

Ceg
04-07-2010, 07:49 PM
Just tried it and it came out pretty good! :headbang: :occasion5: :headbang:

Ceg
05-11-2010, 02:22 PM
Is this the beer you brought to the meeting? That beer was very good. :occasion5: :thumbright:

colemancooler
05-11-2010, 02:41 PM
Nice :thumbright:

DiRtY BiLL
05-11-2010, 04:19 PM
you should get some of that ninja yeast that can live up 26% alcyhol... then invite me over when its done :occasion5:

Craigen
05-12-2010, 01:08 PM
Is this the beer you brought to the meeting? That beer was very good. :occasion5: :thumbright:

Yea thats the stuff that you had at the meeting.

Ceg
05-12-2010, 01:15 PM
Is this the beer you brought to the meeting? That beer was very good. :occasion5: :thumbright:

Yea thats the stuff that you had at the meeting.Please make more for our Oktoberfest party. :)

Craigen
05-12-2010, 06:14 PM
Is this the beer you brought to the meeting? That beer was very good. :occasion5: :thumbright:

Yea thats the stuff that you had at the meeting.Please make more for our Oktoberfest party. :)
:occasion5: will do!