A few months back Nathan and I got together with our friend Tim to brew the experimental recipe he came up with for the interview he did for BrewLocal (our craft-brew-centric-side-blogging-project). Tim was one of the brewers at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia before they moved their brewing operations to Delaware a few months back, he now works for the FDA. His original recipe was for a roasty/hoppy rye beer fermented with a lager strain, but we decided to make 10 gallons and ferment half with clean ale yeast (1056) and half with lager to compare (sadly the plan didn't work out, but more on that later).
2.9% - 0.56 lbs. Carafa Special II
2.9% - 0.56 lbs. Roasted Barley
0.40 tsp Yeast Nutrient @ 15 min.
Sacch Rest 15 min @ 144
Sacch Rest II 20 min @ 154 (Direct Heat - 10 min)
Mash Out 1 min @ 170 (Direct Heat - 15 min)
Brewed 11/08/09 with Nathan and Tim
The first in the BrewLocal beer series.
First run on Nathan's new keggle system. We didn't collect quite enough wort pre-boil so we added ~1 gallon of water pre-boil to ensure good hop bittering efficiency.
Temp ramp ups were a bit slow in the mash with direct fire on my banjo cooker.
Nathan usually does a 60 min boil so he added the hops earlier than intended for a 90 min boil, as a result we shortened the boil to make sure the IBUs weren't too high.
Chilled to 67. .5 gallons extra wort/hop/trub which was left in the kettle after racking the rest out.
The second half was put into a bucket (with some of the hops/trub), aerated with 60 seconds of pure O2, and pitched with a starter of 1056, left in the basement mid-60s. Strong fermentation by 12 hours.
11/14/09 The lager half never took off despite multiple swirlings and raising the temperature up to 56. So I racked it onto the yeast cake when the all half was down to 1.010. It took off like a shot, huge fermentation.
11/26/09 Racked the "lager" half to secondary.
12/02/09 Added 1.25 oz of Hallertau Select pellets for dry hopping to the "lager" half.
12/06/09 Bottled with 1 oz of cane sugar per gallon. Dry hop half is pretty green, but should clean up.
4/20/10 First tasting. Turned out pretty well, nice malt backbone, good balance