Sunday, January 23, 2011

First pint of Racer5 clone batch #1

Not too bad. The additional dry hopping is definitely noticeable,
giving it a much needed aroma kick. It's still a little more bitter
than I hoped for; needs more malty sweetness for balance but I'm happy
with it overall.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Racer5 clone batch #1 sampled and kegged

I decided to sample my first batch yesterday and guess what... it tasted like BEER! It was a little more bitter than I was hoping for but it tasted like an IPA. It was also more carbonated than I was expecting and had pretty decent clarity for coming right out of the secondary at room temp. Although I dry hopped per the recipe it lacked a good hop aroma so I transferred it to a 5 gallon "corny" (Cornelius) keg and threw in a small hop sack of Centennial, Columbus and Amarillo. At this point I'm not trying to recreate a Racer5 - I just want to produce a good IPA.

All was going well with the kegging process until I tried to pressurize the keg with c02. I had already replaced all of the o-rings with new ones that came with the keg but I found a leak coming from the relief valve. After a couple of trips to Austin Homebrew I finally came home with one that worked. That fixed the leak at the relief valve but then I had trouble getting a solid seal around the keg lid. After a quick call to T (one of my homebrew mentors) I found that I needed to get the lid o-ring wet (dipped it in a Star San bath for about a minute) and hit the keg with about 30 lbs. of gas at once to get a good seal. Apparently it takes a 5-10 seconds of precious co2 leaking out before enough pressure is built up to seal the keg. Tip: they also sell keg lube (food grade silicone) for a better seal. I'll have to pick some up next time I'm at the brew shop.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fwd: dog biscuit recipe

Dog Brew-Grain Cookies


Yield: 6 dozen dog treats (depending on size/shape)


1 cup whole wheat flour

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 cups spent grains

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup peanut butter

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 apple, peeled & shredded

1 large carrot, shredded

½ cup of parsley, fine dice


Mix all ingredients together (use your hands).  Roll out to ¼" thick, onto floured surface, and then cut into desired shapes.  Bake on cooking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper, at 350 for 25-30 minutes. 

Dog Cookies

Marissa used the spent grains from today's batch to make dog cookies.
Grains, egg, flour, carrots, apple, banana, peanut butter and parsley.

Yeast pitched on batch #2


Adjustable over the sink strainer works well on the large kettle with
almost 5 lbs of grain.