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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!