Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Freak E Bock d-E-coction Mashing!

With the recent addition of the lagering chest, we have been wanting to make a Traditional Bock. So on Sunday we did just that. Here you can see E stirring the decoction mash. What a Freakin' Stud! We used a 5 gallon pot and removed about 4 gallons of thick mash from the main mash. (It boiled down to about 3.5 gallons.) We stepped it up from 122 to 145 and held it for 30 mins. We then stepped it up to 158 for 30 mins. and finally boiled it for about 20 mins. We returned the boiling mash back to the main mash which in turn raised that up to about 155. (The main mash started at 122, rested for 30 mins., and was rested again at 145 up to this point.) After 20 or 30 mins. we mashed out at 169. This worked pretty well. Next time we may do a double or triple decoction. It all depends on how good this beer tastes. Our OG was 1.069 and the color was a real nice, deep, copper. It should be a very tasty, cock knockin', Bock! If one decoction works out there may not be any need for adjustments other than using a bigger pot and pulling a bigger decoction. (The 25 gal. pot may be too big for this but, we may try that next time.) We will keep you posted.

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E's Pils Picks

E wants our next batch to be a Pilsner so, he picked up a few examples for us to drink while brewing the Freak E Bock. I guess he is upset with the professional photographer that documents all of our Excellent Adventures. Stay tuned. We have a competition comming up in March and we will brewing our nuts off over the next two months.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Drunken Stalkers

If you are not familiar with the follower gadget that is now available to bloggers, this is your chance to become a follower. I call our followers "Drunken Stalkers". This is an easy way for those of you that frequent this blog to give us easy access to your blog. Please take a look at the top of the column on the right side of this page. Go ahead and become a follower. We will return the favor. You are now a Drunken Stalker! Thanks!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

I.B.U. X-Mas Party

I just got home from the Iowa Brewers Union X-Mas Party. I did not stay too long because I have not been home much the last couple of weeks but, I had a great time. The food was good. The beer was good and I wish I had been able to stay a little longer. Sorry I don't have any photos. Just wanted to say thanks to all that put it together.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Freakwieser Lite

As if our Wheat Beers were not gay enough, I decided to try and out gay even a wheat beer. With the addition of the new lagering chest (pictured in the last post), I just had to make the next beer a lager. So, I made a Lite American Lager. I got the idea from the never ending flow of people asking me if I could make a beer that tastes like Bud Lite. For the last 17 years I have constantly been asked this question by everyone when they find out that I brew beer. So I decided to just make the damn thing and get it over with. It is a 17 gallon batch. I used 12 lbs. of 2 row, 4 lbs. of flaked maize and 4 lbs. of flaked rice. I used 4 oz. of Cascade hops and the OG ended up at 1.034. I should finish around 1.008 or 1.006. I'm actually kind of excited to see how it turns out. It looks and smells just like a can of Bud Lite. It has been 10 days now and it appears to be about ready to transfer. I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

Another New Freakin' Toy!!!

This is our new lagering chest. I hooked a thermostat up to a chest freezer. It can also double as a keg fridge. During BBQ season, it can also be used as a meat freezer when I run out of freezer space. However, the primary mission for this thing will be lagering beer. In the future, I intend to install a 20 gallon plastic tank with a pump. That way I can keep the entire batch in one tank rather than using 3 carboys. That is going to be cool as shit! Stay tuned for updates.

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