Brew Day: Easy Belgian

This brew is my first hurrah into using a Belgian Pilsner malt, and should make for something interesting.  Since I typically make up my own recipes (I keep it simple, no worries!) I figured I would just use the Belgian and some 10L and go for some sort of Belgian Blonde.  So, using my handy dandy Brewr app on my Android, I came up with something just within that style.  I also mixed it with the hop additions suggested by my Brooklyn Brew Shop recipe book for the “Well made Trippel” – Kent Golding and Saaz hops.


2.25 lb Belgian Pilsner
0.25 lb Caramel 10L
9g Kent Golding @ 60min
4g Saaz @ 5min

After setting up my corona mill next to my brand new (to me) Stainless Steel prep table, I got to grinding the grains!  I tried to grind them a little more fine than I usually do – my low efficiency is being caused somewhere in my process and I figured I would start fine and work my way up.


Love the smell of ground malt!

Mash and sparge, and sparge again for good measure


I should get a slightly smaller boil kettle, I think I am a little too shallow – and barely came up with 1 gal wort this time around.


Since I starting saving ice in 1 gallon bags, my wort chilling time dropped to less than 20 minutes.

I checked the gravity and I was kind of low, so I added some honey (1/2 cup, .25 lb) to boost it to 1.055, still 5 pts less than I wanted, but that 1/4lb honey was nearing the 10% adjunct level.


The fermentation station!


24 hours later, check out the foam from the bubbling sanitizer.

I hope you enjoyed the post, I will update when I bottle and eventually drink this tasty creation. Feel free to comment if you have questions, thanks for reading!


Brew Day: Chocolate Maple Porter

Today I am brewing a Porter, not that I am a big fan of dark beers, this recipe just sounded tasty. It is a blend of malts including American 2-row, chocolate malt and crystal 10 and 20. Yes, I changed the recipe. I didn’t have the exact malts (black patent) so I played a little. This porter will use fuggle hops and real Michigan maple syrup to (hopefully) create a nice, easy to drink beginner dark beer.

Recipe: (coming soon)

Since I recently discovered how little efficiency I’ve been getting, I multiplied the grain bill by 40% in hopes of hitting a reasonable OG.


The first step in homebrewing is to pour a homebrew. Not sure who came up with the rule, but I plan on following it for now…the last thing I need is for the brewing police to show up….


Mashing is done, sparge is done, time for the boil…


Just like lobsters, hops scream when you boil them, but it’s ok – they taste better this way.


At about the 59 minute mark, i poured in the maple syrup. After the wort was cooled, I racked it into my nice one gallon fermentors and took a gravity reading with my handy dandy refractometer…1.058! My goal was 1.048…but I’ll roll with this one, it’s better than being 10 points under!

Time to ferment!


The yeast took a little while to get rolling, but just 24 hours later the krausen had peaked right at the top of the jug. Yay beer!


Brew Day: Simply Blonde Ale

Well, the brew day started off great although it was quite warm outside and since Ashley was baking, it was about 90*. This makes using my new refractometer difficult….but I’m not an extremely scientific brewer anyways.

Alright, so a blonde ale (from my short amount of research) is a very basic ale, light in color, with very few outstanding characteristics. Not malty, but not very biter either. But this changes from brewer to brewer. I set my recipe up to be a little on the malty side. I also used two hop additions of cascade hops – hoping for a slight citrus tang.

Recipe (One Gallon)

1.75 lbs American 2 row
0.25 lbs Crystal 10
4g Cascade @ 60 min
3g Cascade @ 10 min
American Ale Yeast (SO-5)

The entire brewing process wasn’t too bad. A major downside I discovered was that I only hit about 50% efficiency in my MLT. So being quite short of my planned original gravity, I added some honey to bring my OG to 1.040.

Being my first post, written entirely on my phone, this is the only picture I have today. But I will add more if I get around to it.

This it’s just 24 hours later. The beer on the right is Apple Crisp Ale.

I cracked open my first bottle today! Pouring it into a glad I was greeted with a perfect fluffy head that lingered a while before forming a nice 1/4″ foam cap that lasted longer than it took me to drink it! It had a pleasant balanced taste, free from most weird flavors – finishing with slight citrus notes. The citrus wasn’t quite as strong as I was hoping, and it did have a slight “leafy hoppy” taste that I am not particularly find of. All in all, I think I will tweak the recipe a bit a brew a new batch this weekend!