My first brew ever was Super Bowl Sunday, two years ago. Been reviewing my favorite brews and recipes during that time and was thinking about doing a 10 gallon batch of one of my “best”. My initial list is:
Surly Furious or Oatmeal Stout? (brewed the Surly last weekend)
Dogfish Head 60 minute clone?
Amber Ale - Either Lakefront or Waldo Lake
Rye IPA? - Denny Style
Double Choloate Stout?
At the same time, I have tons of hops that I need to start using up, so I am thinking something hop heavy. Lots of all of the “C” hops and quite a bit of nobel hops.
Any recommendations and suggested recipes. I have been enjoying some Racer 5 and Stone IPA lately.
Not a bad idea on the barley wine. I have one that I brewed from a NB extract kit about 18 months ago that is still “mellowing”. Just pretty harsh around the edges that last time I tried it. I have been planning on doing an all grain version but maybe only 2.5 gallons soon, hoping it will be better, sooner.
Oh, yeast - I have recent harvests of 1450, 1056 and 1469 (west yorkshire) available to pitch into a big beer. Somewhat limited to those as this is a rare week that I do not have a starter going. I do have a lager that has been in primary nearly 4 weeks that I could transfer and use the Bohemian Lager Yeast.
Well I decided to do a 10 gallon batch of an amber ale, modeled after Denny’s Waldo Lake Amber. It is only my second 10 gallon batch I have tried and the will be the first time using the Curtec fermenters I bought several months ago. Everything went smooth but 10 gallons is a lot of work! Especially without some sort of structure set up where you do not have to lift stuff.
I ended up with about 1.5 gallons of final runnings at about 1.025 SG so I decided to play around a bit and just wing a 1.75 gallon batch recipe for an Amber IPA. Added some DME and some final running from the last batch it did last week. Threw in hops I had partial packages of. In fact, it was funny, I would open the freezer, pull out partial packs, run up stairs to enter into Beersmith to see what it would do, change the recipe, repeat. I hope the mini batch is just ok because I would never be able to exactly recreate it in a million years
Anyway, happy 2 year year brewing anniversary to me!