Thursday, August 28, 2008
10 gallons of Flanders Red
Ray and I brewed this up about a 6 weeks ago, on the 5th of July. It was a pretty rainy weekend, but we managed to get a solid outdoor brew in between some showers. I'm so stoked for this beer! I love Flanders beers, be they gold, red, brown, whatever! Actually I just tried the awesome Abbaye de St. Bon Chien, a wonderful Swiss beer that is barrel aged and very Flanders-like in its sour profile, but it ranges in ABV from around 11-15%, depending on the vintage. Ours is just a straight-up Flanders red, closely based on Jamil's recipe, but we pitched straight Roselaire blend, none of that pitching a neutral ale yeast first. If it's too sour, we can alway blend back, but I kind of doubt that will happen.
One great thing about a well brewed Flanders red, it's a real panty-dropper! Keep that in mind, fellas.
So this is the first time Ray and I brewed together on his outdoor system. Here are some pics:
RAY'S GOT HIS GAME FACE ON
TESTING THE WATERS
Here is the recipe: for 12 gallons, post boil, all-grain
O.G. 1.055 F.G. 1.009 ABV 6.1% IBU's 16
12.5 lb. pilsner malt
5 lb. munich malt
11 oz. special B
5 oz. crystal 120
1 lb. caramunich 60L
1 lb. aromatic malt
13 gr. EKG pellets 6% 60 min
25 gr. Hallertauer pellets 4.5% 60 min
Mash: 7.5 gallons water, 152 degrees 90 min
Sparge: 9 gallons 170 degrees
Collect 13.5 gallons @ 1.050 = 76% efficiency
Boil 90 minutes, 1 tab whirlfloc at 15 min, 1 tsp. wyeast nutrient at 10 min. Boil-off rate was about 7% per hour, leaving us with 12 gallons of beer.
PROMASH: IT DOESN'T WORK IN THE RAIN
Chilled and whirlpooled, racked to carboys and aerated by shaking. We only managed to cool the wort to 78 degrees, something we are working on improving for future batches.
Collected 10.5 gallons between 2 carboys and pitched the entire 1 gallon of starter wort, which I had sort of made as a malty brown starter so it could go right in the beer without diluting any of it's yummyness. We used the Wyeast seasonal Roselaire blend.
Fermented at 69-70 degrees for 4 weeks, racked to secondary, and it's hanging out at 75 degrees in Ray's basement.
This spent about a year in Ray's basement and I added 1 oz. french oak cubes to my half for the last month. Then I had to pack it in a keg to move it out to Portland.
On 1/14/10, it's still tasting kind of blah. I've had it sitting out a room temp, and today I added the sour blend that Al sent me for perking this up, plus about a tablespoon of thick yeast slurry from the funky pale ale I did recently, plus about 26 oz. of the Belgian Dark Strong for a little more complexity and residual sugars for the bugs to chomp on.
8/1/10 Transfered and added:
7 lb. Montmorency sour cherries, pitted
2 lb. dark sweet cherries with pits
1/2 oz. french oak chips, not sanitized or anything
Started fermenting again at 72 degrees.
10/25/10 Racked to keg, 1.009