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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Surly Furious Clone

This clone came from Midwest, it's a clone of Surly Furious. The recipe was given to the LHBS to sell (they call it Ferocious). It's my favorite IPA right now, and tastes like grapefruit. The Simcoe hops are hard to get ahold of sometimes.

Created with the brewers of Surly Brewing in Minnesota, this IPA uses 6 ounces of hops to create a bold brew that is rich in malt sweetness infused with bright hop flavor and aroma. Our ingredients for this recipe kit include 11 lbs. Golden Promise base malt, 1 lb. Munich 10L, 4 oz. Medium Crystal 50-60L, 1 oz. high-alpha bittering hops, 2 oz. Amarillo, 2 oz. Simcoe, 1 oz. Ahtanum hops, priming sugar, and WLP007 Dry English yeast.

Starter with WLP007 Dry English Ale yeast

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Roggenbier - Chocolate Caramel Rye Ale

Roggenbier - Chocolate Caramel Rye Ale

I got this recipe from someone on HBT, and I like it a lot.

Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
Type: All Grain Date: 6/1/2011
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal Brewer: MikeRoBrew / Mike Dahlheimer
Boil Size: 6.43 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (7.5 gal) and Igloo Cooler (10 Gal)
Final Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Fermentation: My Aging Profile Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0
Taste Notes:
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.0 oz Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 6 2.1 %
5 lbs Rye Malt (Briess) (3.7 SRM) Grain 1 42.6 %
4 lbs Munich 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2 34.0 %
2 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 3 17.0 %
4.0 oz Caramel Wheat Malt (46.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.1 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Wheat (Weyermann) (415.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.1 %
1.00 oz Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 13.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Bavarian Wheat (Wyeast Labs #3638) [125.00 ml]
or WB_06 Bavarian Wheat dry yeast
Yeast 8 -
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.061 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.016 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.0 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.6 %
Bitterness: 13.5 IBUs Calories: 32.0 kCal/12 oz

Roggenbier on the left

Maple Syrup Dark Ale

Maple Syrup Dark Ale w/ White Labs British Ale 005


This specialty brew features a very smooth dark malt base balanced with selected hops. The pure maple syrup included with this kit adds more fermentable sugar as well as a rich body and mouthfeel. Ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract, 12 oz. Maple Syrup, 8 oz. Caravienne, 8 oz. Carapils specialty grains, 1 oz. Northern Brewer, 1 oz. Cascade.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


I brewed an Irish Blonde yesterday, and a Strawberry Wheat Blonde today. Fun days. Both use Fuggles but the Irish uses Flaked Barley and Oat Malt while the Strawberry Blonde uses White Wheat, Flaked Wheat and frozen strawberries added to secondary. Will update with some pics later!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Magellian's IPA

I.P.A.s were traditionally brewed with more malt and hops than regular pale ales to make it strong enough to survive the trip from England to India. English soldiers got accustom to the highly hopped beer and demanded it when they got back to England. Malty and hoppy at the same time.

  • Malt Base: 6 lbs. Northwestern's Amber Malt Extract & 1 lb. Muntons Light Dry Malt Extract
  • Speciality Grains: 16 oz. Crystal
  • Hops: 15 HBU Chinook (bittering) & 1 oz. Cascade (finishing)

This was one of my first IPA kits from Brew N Grow and they even gave me a couple ounces of free whole Nugget hops locally grown. Used a few ounces for this dry hopping. Turned out fantastic. So much fresher than most I taste in bottles.

Bottling Day

Here are a few pics from a bottling day a while back. Brenda made me some nice bottle cap labels. Bottling straight from the keg.

Equipment Upgrade: All grain

I made the switch to all grain a while back. It's less expensive than extract. You can create more styles and recipes. It tastes a bit better. I had to upgrade some of my equipment as you will see, but I think it was worth it. I now buy my grains and hops in bulk. I wash (re-use) my own yeast! I have been brewing up a storm lately and I hope to get everyone all caught up on my MikeRoBrewery!