r@fink brews

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gnucastle brewed

I brewed up a Newcastle clone recipe today. I also kegged the amber and the sweet stout.
Gnucastle recipe as brewed
Gnucastle Brown Ale
9.00 lb Maris Otter (2 Row) UK
1.25 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L
0.13 lb Chocolate Malt
0.13 lb Special Roast
0.06 lb Black (Patent) Malt
0.50 oz Northern Brewer Hops
0.50 oz Cascade Hops
1.00 tsp Irish Moss
1 Pkgs London Ale Yeast

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Just pulled the last half pint from the Toro Cream Ale keg tonight. I am amazed at how fast that keg went..........must have been good. I put the All the Leaves Are Brown Ale in the fridge and will carb it when it gets cold.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Racked the Stout.......finally

I racked the stout after 12 days in the primary. The Amber Ale was racked on the 7th and should be in the keg towards the end of this weekend.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Sweet Stout

I have brewed a sweet stout. Style as listed on home brewing wiki:
Milk Stout
Milk Stout is similar to Dry Stout, but sweet rather than dry. Sometimes called Sweet Stout or Cream Stout, Milk Stout is usually sweetened not by low attenuation but by the addition of unfermentable sugars, usually lactose (derived from milk). Due to UK and EU regulations, the traditional name, "Milk Stout", can no longer be used by English brewers but is still used in many American commercial examples.
My Recipe

A Sweet Stout

8.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L
0.50 lb Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)
0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)
0.25 lb Carafa I (337.0 SRM)
1 oz. Roasted Barley
1.00 oz Williamette [5.50 %] (60 min)
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min)
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (10 min)
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min)
1.00 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose)
1 Pkgs Windsor Yeast

My o.g. measured in at 1.061! And this baby is black as tar.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Dipped into the Toro, brewed an Amber

Friday the 13th and The Black ale have run dry and we are enjoying the Hey! Porter and Toro Cream Ale. We also brewed an amber ale to clone Smithwick's on May 31st.
Amber Clone
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row)
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L
0.13 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM)
1.00 oz Williamette Hops (60 min)
1.00 oz Goldings, East Kent Hops (10 min)
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min)
1 Pkgs Windsor Yeast