Our first beer. We brewed an all-grain Imperial Stout at Jerry's Brew Day that occurred on Sun, Mar 30, 2014. We attempted to clone the Maumee Bay Brewing Company's excellent Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout.
Ingredients - Five Gallon
It was suppose to have an ABV of 9.5%.
|X||12.0 oz||Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)||Grain||1|
|X||12.0 oz||Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)||Grain||2|
|X||1 lbs||Coffee, Franco Belges (175.0 SRM)||Grain||3|
|X||3 lbs||Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)||Grain||4|
|X||12 lbs||Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)||Grain||5|
|X||1 lbs||Milk Sugar (Lactose) (0.0 SRM)||Grain||6|
|X||1.2 oz||Magnum [14.0%] - Boil 60 min||Hops||7|
|X||1.0 oz||Centennial [10.0%] - Boil 30 min||Hops||8|
|X||2.0 oz||Willamette [5.5%] - Boil 10 min||Hops||9|
|X||2 pkgs||London Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1028)||Yeast||10|
Notes before, during, and after brew day
Items to bring - (Arrive around 10:00 a.m.)
- food to share
- large plastic folding table
- small plastic folding table
- digital scale
- beer-making supplies, listed below
- my baking gloves
- basket to carry beer ingredients
- plastic containers to haul home spent grains that I'll try to use in a bread recipe
- [X] - 7 gallon fermenting bucket
- [X] - airlock
- Style: Imperial Stout (13 F)
- Type: All Grain
- Style Guide: BJCP 2008
- Equipment: 5.5 gal batch
- Boil Time: 60 min
- Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body
- Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage
- Taste Rating: 30.0
- Batch Size: 5.50 gal
- Boil Size: 6.22 gal
- Color: 46.9 SRM
- Bitterness: 78.5 IBUs
- Est OG: 1.088 (20.9 P)
- Est FG: 1.016 SG (4.1 P)
- ABV: 9.5%
- End of Boil Vol: 5.72 gal
- Final Bottling Vol: 5.50 gal
- Efficiency: 72.00 %
- Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0%
Purchased online on Mar 25, 2014 at Northern Brewer :
- 2 x Hop Head Farms Magnum Pellet Hops 1 oz each (total of 2 ounces) - $3.99 per ounce
- Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee - 1 lb. unmilled - $1.99 per pound
The Tue, Mar 25 Northern Brewer order arrived via UPS around 1:00 p.m. on Thu, Mar 27, a little under 48 hours after placing order. If that timeline holds, then the Wed, Mar 26 order may arrive late in the afternoon on Fri, Mar 28. I doubt Saturday delivery is used.
The second package of London Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1028 mentioned below arrived around 5:30 p.m., on Fri, Mar 28 from Northern Brewer.
Rest of the ingredients purchased at Titgemeier's Beer and Wine Making Supplies :
On Wed, Mar 26, 2014, I purchased all of the remaining ingredients including the 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket and the airlock. The only exception: Titgemeier's only had one package of the yeast, so I purchased the other package from Northern Brewer. The tracking for yesterday's order showed the package should arrive on Thu, Mar 27. So hopefully, today's one-item order arrives on Friday or Saturday. If not, then I'll inquire about plan B for the rest of the yeast. The grains purchased at Titgemeir's were milled at the store and placed together in one sack. I ordered the Franco-Belges unmilled. Today's Titgemeier's shopping cost a little over $70.
Prepare for Brewing
- Clean and Prepare Brewing Equipment
- Total Water Needed: 8.32 gal
Mash or Steep Ingredients
|12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US||(2.0 SRM)||Grain||1||64.9 %|
|3 lbs Oats, Flaked||(1.0 SRM)||Grain||2||16.2 %|
|1 lbs Coffee, Franco Belges||(175.0 SRM)||Grain||3||5.4 %|
|12.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt||(500.0 SRM)||Grain||4||4.1 %|
|12.0 oz Chocolate Malt||(350.0 SRM)||Grain||5||4.1 %|
Mash Initial Conditions
- Grain Temp: 72.0 F
- Mash Tun Temp: 72.0 F
- Decoction Boil Temp: 212.0 F
Mash Volume Needed
- Mash Grain Wt: 17.50 lb
- Grain Absorption: 2.10 gal
- Mash Volume Needed: 9.90 gal
- Mash Tun Volume: 12.00 gal
Mash pH and Runnings
- Mash pH: 5.20 pH
- Sparge Runoff pH: 6.0 pH
- End of Running Gravity: 1.010 SG
- Tun Deadspace: 0.00 gal
- Sparge Temp: 168.0 F
Volume and Gravity in Boiler
- Est Pre-Boil Vol: 6.22 gal
- Meas Pre-Boil Vol: [5.00 gal]
- Est Pre-boil Gravity: 1.077
- Meas Pre-Boil Gravity: [1.050 SG]
- Est Mash Eff: 72.0 %
- Measured Mash Eff: 34.6 %
dl. Mash In:Add 21.88 qt of water at 163.7 F Step temp = 152.0 F Step time = 60 min
dl. Mash Out:Add 12.25 qt of water at 200.7 F Step temp = 168.0 F Step time = 10 min ["mash out" is not used in our method of home brewing.]
- Fly sparge with -0.21 gal water at 168.0 F
- Add water to achieve boil volume of 6.22 gal
- Estimated pre-boil gravity is 1.077 SG
Mash / Steep Timer
- 0 min - Mash In (2 min rise, hold 152.0 F for 60 min)
- Add 21.88 qt of water at 163.7 F
- 1:02 hours - Mash Out (2 min rise, hold 168.0 F for 10 min)
- Add 12.25 qt of water at 200.7 F
- 1:14 hours - Mash Complete
- 0 min - Add Ingredients
- 1 lbs - Milk Sugar (Lactose) (0.0 SRM) - [Sugar]
- 1.25 oz - Magnum 14.00 % - Boil 60.0 min - [Hop]
- 30 min - Add Ingredients
- 1.00 oz - Centennial 10.00 % - Boil 30.0 min - [Hop]
- 50 min - Add Ingredients
- 2.00 oz - Willamette 5.50 % - Boil 10.0 min - [Hop]
- 1:00 hour - End of Boil
Estimated Post Boil Vol: 5.72 gal and Est Post Boil Gravity: 1.088 SG
Cool and Transfer Wort
- Cool wort to fermentation temperature
- Transfer wort to fermenter
- Add water if needed to achieve final volume of 5.50 gal
Into the Boiler
- Est Pre-Boil Vol: 6.22 gal
- Meas Pre-Boil Vol: [5.00 gal]
- Est Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.077 SG
- Meas Pre-Boil Gravity: [1.050 SG]
- Batch Size: 5.50 gal
- Measured Batch Size: [5.00 gal]
- Est Original Gravity: 1.088 SG
- Measured OG: [1.046 SG]
- Tot Efficiency: 72.00 %
- Measured Efficiency: 31.4 %
Fermentation and Storage
- Gravity after Primary: 1.018 SG
- Gravity after Secondary: 1.011 SG
At Bottling / Kegging
- Est Final Gravity: 1.017 SG
- Measured FG: [1.010 SG]
- Est Bottling Vol: 5.50 Gal
- Measured Bottling Vol: [5.00 gal]
Pitch Yeast and Measure Gravity and Volume
Amt Name Type # %/IBU 2.0 pkg London Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1028) [124.21 ml] Yeast 10 -
Measure Actual Original Gravity (Target: 1.088 SG) Measure Actual Batch Volume (Target: 5.50 gal) Add water if needed to achieve final volume of 5.50 gal
- 30 Mar 2014 - Primary Fermentation (4.00 days at 67.0 F ending at 67.0 F)
- 3 Apr 2014 - Secondary Fermentation (10.00 days at 67.0 F ending at 67.0 F)
Dry Hop and Bottle/Keg
- Measure Final Gravity: _ (Estimate: 1.017 SG)
- Date Bottled/Kegged: 08 Apr 2014 - Carbonation: Bottle with 4.32 oz Corn Sugar
- Age beer for 30.00 days at 65.0 F 13 May 2014 - Drink and enjoy!
- sanitize equipment.
- determine amount of water to warm on burner.
- place kettle of water on burner.
- fire-up burner.
- need to warm water to 152 degrees F ??
- mill grains if necessary.
- setting 35 for Franco Belges.
- setting 50 for Flaked Oatmeal.
- want mash-in water temp around 152 degrees.
- add water to cooler.
- add grains to water while stirring constantly.
- ensure no clumps.
- don't scrape hose on cooler bottom.
- reach down and lift up grains and then stir back and forth.
- steep for 60 min.
- stir briefly every 15 min.
- with about 15 to 20 min left in the 60 min steep, measure water required for sparge, place water in kettle, set kettle on burner, and warm to 168??
- after 60 min, drain some liquid into kettle for a few minutes.
- turn off valve.
- place this liquid back into the cooler.
- turn on valve, so that liquid slowly flows from cooler.
- begin sparge with the warmed water that's on the burner.
- while holding large sanitized spoon in one hand, pour water onto the spoon to spread out the water so that it gently hits the mash in a fanned fashion.
- move spoon back and forth while pouring water onto spoon.
- may need to add more water.
- will need to tip cooler off to get liquid from cooler.
- want a little over 6 gallons of wort before boil.
- obviously, will lose some liquid during the boil time.
- desire to have 5.5 gallons for fermenting.
- after sparge has ended, place the kettle of wort onto the burner.
- bring wort to a slow, rolling boil.
- when boil begins, that's the 0-minute mark and add any necessary ingredients.
- when adding hops, the wort will bubble up and if not careful, it could boil over.
- after adding hops, turn down the temp slightly to prevent boil-over.
- after a few minutes, crank up heat again to rolling boil.
- boil time will be 60 minutes.
- add any other ingredients at scheduled intervals during boil.
- when boil time has ended, time to cool the wort.
- with sanitized copper coils, hose, and water, it's time to sit, relax and move the coiled copper rings up and down in the wort. The cool water moves through the rings. Wort temp will start out over 190 degrees, but it will quickly cool. In under 20 minutes, the temp will reach the desired 75 degrees.
- place kettle of wort on table top.
- use large sanitized spoon to vigorously stir the wort to create a whirlpool effect.
- place lid on kettle.
- let rest of 15 minutes.
- ensure fermenting bucket and airlock was sanitized.
- then pour wort from kettle to fermenting bucket.
- place bucket on table top with no lid yet.
- add yeast.
- use big spoon to agitate wort by vigorously moving spoon back and forth, slamming into the sides. don't stir. agitate. this action should cause bubbling on top.
- after considerable bubbling, pound on lid. place lid on container and smack lid down into place with palm of hand or fist. lid should be snapped securely into place all around.
- press airlock into lid until it's snug.
- for all post boil actions, equipment and hands must be run through the sanitizer for at least 30 seconds before use.
- let bucket ferment around 62 degrees for 4 weeks or so.
Smacked yeast packets at 11:15 am and set in garage to warm. - Mar 30, 2014
1:36 pm began mash. - Mar 30, 2014
Began boil at 3:35 pm - Mar 30, 2014
Flame out or end boil at 4:58 pm. Bigger volume than planned. About 7 gal. - Mar 30, 2014
Going for 75 degrees for wort chill. Started at about 195. - Mar 30, 2014
Chill to around 75 degrees. While still in kettle, whirlpool stir then cover and let sit for 15 min. Our gravity was 1.080. Then pour into fermenting bucket, add yeast, and then agitate to create bubbles, then pound on lid. Add airlock. We ended just befor 6pm. - Mar 30, 2014
after cleanup and loading, at home at 7:30 pm. we left home at about 9:25 am. arrived at 10am. - Mar 30, 2014
On the evening of March 30, 2014, when we got home from our brew day, I placed the fermenting bucket of beer at the base of our basement steps, probably the coolest area of the house. At 2:10 p.m. on March 31, the air temp around the bucket is 58 degrees. - Mar 31, 2014
I believe ideal fermenting temp is 62 to 65 degrees, but I wanted to slow the fermentation the first couple days to ensure that our 6-plus gallons of beer does not ferment too much by over-bubbling into the airlock. - Mar 31, 2014
If necessary, we were advised to remove airlock cap and attach tube to airlock to allow excess gas and bubbles to pour into a bucket. of course, sanitizer used on everything. thus far, the bubbling appears normal. - Mar 31, 2014
The West Toledo Wundermap Station reports 62 degrees at 2:24 p.m. I think this is the warmest day of 2014. It's forecast to be in the low 60s tomorrow and then it will get cooler. On Wed or Thu, I'll move bucket to dining room and find a 62-63 degree area. - Mar 31, 2014
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/imperial-stout-fermentation-temp-130736 - "Fermentation temps are most important during the growth phase and the first 1/3 of active fermentation." - Mar 31, 2014
"A couple questions though: 1. Should I knock the temp back down into the low 60's [from 64]? 2. Should I secondary and bulk age this or just bottle it after about a month?" - Mar 31, 2014
"Let it be at current temps for another week at least. The yeast might be finishing fermentation, but they still have some cleaning up to do. After another week or two, I would drop the temp as low as you can get it." - Mar 31, 2014
"If you can refrigerate it, that'd be great. I wouldn't bother using a secondary vessel, honestly. Just another opportunity for oxidation and infection. Age it in primary for a month, then bottle." - Mar 31, 2014
The BeerSmith app says ferment at 67 degrees for the first 10 or 12 days and then 65 degrees for the remaining time for a total ferment time of 30 days. - Mar 31, 2014
Here's our yeast: http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/wyeast-london-ale.html - "Rich with a dry finish, minerally profile, bold and crisp, with some fruitiness. Apparent attenuation: 73-77%. Flocculation: medium. Optimum temp: 60 - 72 F" - Mar 31, 2014
At 8:33 p.m. on Mon, Mar 31, 2014, I moved the fermenting bucket from the basement to the northeast corner of our dining room where the temperature is currently 63 to 64 degrees. - Mar 31, 2014
At 11:00 p.m. on Mon, Mar 31, 2014, the air temp around the fermenting bucket in the dining room was 63 degrees. Barney barked at the fermenting bucket. Barney is intrigued, startled, and irritated by the bubbling and hissing sounds emanating from the bucket. Funny. - Mar 31, 2014
On Tue, afternoon, Apr 1, 2014, the airlock contained beer. The fermentation got extremely active. I moved the bucket to the cooler basement. I replaced airlock with clear, plastic tubing and submerged other end of tubing into a half-filled container of sanitizer. It gurgled mightily. - Apr 03, 2014
The pressure Tue afternoon, Apr 1 was so great that some air and the occasional bubble squeaked out the under side of the lid. I'm sure lid was on securely, otherwise the bucket would have probably leaked when it sloshed on the drive home on Sunday evening. - Apr 03, 2014
The pressure decreased Tuesday evening. The setup remained through Wednesday. On Thursday morning, April 3, I sanitized an airlock and replaced the tubing with the airlock and moved the bucket back into the warmer dining room. - Apr 03, 2014
This evening, Wed, Apr 16, 2014, we transferred the beer from the primary fermenter, which was the 6.5 gallon plastic bucket, to the secondary fermenter, which is a 5 gallon carboy. We added 1.25 cups of coffee brewed in a french press pot. The beans came from Bea's Blend roaster at Farmers Market. - Apr 16, 2014
During the siphoning phase when moving beer from primary to secondary fermentation vessels, we filled a small pitcher with 16 oz of beer for taste-testing with various amounts of coffee. DD liked the one 2nd least amount of coffee, which was 1/2 teaspoon of brewed coffee with 4 ounces of beer. - Apr 16, 2014
My favorite was no coffee added. I liked the beer as it was from the primary fermenter. I could taste hints of coffee in the beer as is, and that's probably due to the ingredient: Coffee, Franco Belges (175.0 SRM). - Apr 16, 2014
Our gravity reading after primary fermentation, which after 17 days, was 1.020. The expected after primary according to the recipe was 1.018. - Apr 16, 2014
We're trying to do a Maumee Bay Brewing Company Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout clone. Chief brewer Clint gave us a tour at the end of March. That's how we learned about the Franco Belges. I'm unsure if Clint uses actual coffee in the recipe. - Apr 16, 2014
http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1475/57635 - Apr 16, 2014
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/maumee-bay-total-eclipse-breakfast-stout/124829 - Apr 16, 2014
http://www.brewreviewcrew.com/maumee-bay-brewing-company-total-eclipse-breakfast-stout - Apr 16, 2014
http://www.theoliverhousetoledo.com/product/total-eclipse-breakfast-stout - Apr 16, 2014
Bottling day occurred on Sat, May 3, one day shy of five weeks after brewing. JP came to our house to help us bottle. I made pizza with spelt flour added to crust. We sampled multiple beers from The Andersons. DD bottled the beer. JP started capping, and then I capped. - May 04, 2014
We then bottled the one-gallon batch, Irish Red Ale, from Northern Brewer, two days shy of two weeks from brewing day. We figured two extra days would not matter, and we had the equipment and sanitizer bucket setup. - May 04, 2014
The stout produced 51 bottles. The Irish ale produced 7 bottles. For carbonating the stout, we used 3 ounces of corn sugar with two cups of water, boiled, to sterilize the sugar. The mixture was added to the bucket housing the stout after DD transferred stout from carboy to bucket. - May 04, 2014
The dissolved sugar was mixed in bucket with stout. Then beer was poured into bottles and capped. - May 04, 2014
For the Irish ale, we used the tablets that came with the kit for carbonation. One tablet dropped into each bottle prior to filling bottle with beer. - May 04, 2014
For the imperial stout, the final gravity reading was 1.018. We did not check OG and FG for the Irish ale. - May 04, 2014
calculators exist at Brewer's Friend for determining the amount of sugar to add for carbonation and the alcohol by volume based upon FG. - May 04, 2014
http://www.brewersfriend.com/abv-calculator - May 04, 2014
Our stats for the imperial stout: OG on Mar 30, 2014 brew day was 1.080. FG on May 3, 2014 bottling day was 1.018. Our ABV is 8.14%. - goals according to recipe: OG 1.088 and FG 1.016 and ABV 9.5%. - May 04, 2014
calculators http://www.brewersfriend.com/stats - May 04, 2014
http://www.brewersfriend.com/beer-priming-calculator - May 04, 2014
Sun, May 18, 2014
- at JP's "country estate"
- 9 brewers shared beers for tasting
- "Dark Eyed Junco" Imperial Breakfast Stout
- "B.A.S.S. ale v2" Triple Black IPA
- Belgian Dubbel
- Red IPA
- Ginger beer
- Berliner Weisse
- Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
- Pale Ale
- Whole hopped IPA
- food paired with the beer
- we judged
- medals awarded
- our Dark-eyed Junco Imperial Stout won the top frog medal
- great beers. creative. fabulous tasting. ideas for our future beers.
- also, very good food on hand.
- we chatted about beer, beer, and food.
- we sat around a fire.
- great time.
Here's a glass of our 'Dark-eyed Junco' Imperial Breakfast Stout, along with the first bottle that we capped, which we will save for later and some poetry about the junco from the book The Cuckoo's Haiku, written by Michael J. Rosen and Illustrated by Stan Fellows.
We shared some our imperial stout beer on Fri, Jun 27, 2014, and it tasted amazing. It had been a while since I last drank some of our stout. I drank a full bottle with lunch on Sun, Jun 29, 2014, and the beer is aging well because it tasted spectacular, and I did not allow it to warm. - Jul 01, 2014
As of late July 2014, we only have eight or so bottles left. We'll definitely brew this beer again.
Dec 20, 2014 Tasting
I think the last time that we consumed a bottle of our stout was back in August or September. We drank another bottle on Sat evening, Dec 20, 2014, and the beer still tastes great.
I think Deb and I described it simply as "Wow!" I wish we had more because I would drink one about everyday.
Earlier in the day, I drank a bottle of MBBC's Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout, and then I drank our stout in the evening. I think ours is pretty close to being as good as the MBBC's stout, which is one of my favorite beers.
This stout is probably the best beer that we have brewed thus far, but that's probably because I like stouts a lot.
I think about all I need is a stout, a saison, and a dubbel, and I would be set. And this Dark-eyed Junco Imperial Stout satisfies one category. We need to brew this beer again in early 2015.
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