Sunday, August 12, 2012

Move over Olympics, here comes Shark Week!!!

It's that time again.  The most wonderful week of television viewing of the year, Shark Week!  While typically in July, Shark Week got deferred due to those pesky Olympics.  Michael Phelps, who??? The 25th anniversary of Shark Week stops for no man.  It would definitely be an appropriate week to buy a few dogfish head ales and kick back and watch the sharks fly.  In honor of this most cherished week, I brewed a bourbon stout.  Anyone got an idea for a name?  Big Bite Bourbon Stout?  Sounds Ok, but I need something better.  When naming a beer always remember, people love alliterations.  It's fool proof.

Bourbon Stout

Style: American Stout

Type: All Grain
Calories: 181
Boil Size: 5.83 Gal
IBU's: 54.18
Batch Size: 5.00 Gal
Color: 43.3 SRM
Boil Time: 60 minutes

Brew Date:-08/11/2012

Estimated   Actual

OG:1.056   1.053

FG:1.010    ???
ABV:6.03 %
Efficiency:70 %  66 %

Serve Date:10/17/2012

Fermentation Steps

NameDays / TempEstimatedActual

Primary7 days @ 72.0°F

Secondary60 days @ 72.0°F

Grains & Adjuncts

10.00 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter60 mins1.038

1.00 lbs   Chocolate Malt60 mins1.034

0.50 lbs    Black (Patent) Malt60 mins1.025

3.00 ozs    Briess 2-Row Caramel 120L60 mins1.032

5.00 ozs    Briess 2-Row Caramel 80L60 mins1.033


1.00 ozs Chinook 60 mins

1.00 ozs  Fuggles 15 mins

1.00 ozs  Fuggles 5 mins


AmountNameLaboratory / ID

1.0 pkgSafale S-04Fermentis S-04



2.00 ozOak Chips60 daysSecondary

8.00 ozBourbon60 daysSecondary

Mash Profile

Medium Body Infusion In60 min @ 152.0°F

Add 15.00 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 166.0°F

Medium Body Infusion Out10 min @ 168.0°F

Add 7.80 qt ( 0.65 qt/lb ) water @ 196.0°F


Sparge 8.76 qt of 170.0°F water over 60 mins

Get bitten,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The End of Summer 2012

Well its over folks, I hope you enjoyed it.  Summer 2012 is officially done.  As you all know the end of summer has been successfully identified by this blog going on five years strong.  This year you were robbed almost three weeks of the summer season in comparison to last year.  Blame it on the Obama administration, an election year, or global warming, regardless its just science.  Interestingly enough this is not the earliest end of summer in recent memory, Summer 2009 ended on August 7th, check the records.

For the unacquainted, the summer officially ends when I enjoy my first Oktoberfest.  Tonight around 7pm, I was informed by the waitress at Nick's Pub in downtown Bloomington that they now had Sam Adams Okfest on draft as a seasonal offering.  Mrs. HolzBrew and I promptly ordered two 'fests and toasted the beginning of fall.  Sam Okfest as always was solid, no surprises, but always refreshing.

With summer over, we can now roll into the best season of the year, Hokie Football season.  The leaves will be changing colors and the boys in maroon and orange are hard at work trying to figure out how we will get points on the board this year.  Personally, I'm a bit nervous about our offensive prospects, but there is always reliable 'ole St. Bud (Foster) to help pull us up by our bootstraps and put a whooping on opposing offenses.  You have to believe (and respect the Sandman)!

Let's Go Hokies,