Mojo IPA

From Boulder Beer located in Colorado, Mojo IPA.  Quite a nice hop aroma, crystal clear, with a mild but clean dry after taste.

Grade: A-



Crooked Tree IPA

Up to bat, Crooked Tree IPA from Dark Horse Brewing Company.  Located in Marshall, Michigan, their assessment is spot on with my taste buds...fruit flavor, nice aroma, with a dry, crisp and clean finish.  Not sure what their "Intense Transfer Methods" are, but I will for sure be trying some of their other brews.

Grade: A-


Mad Hatter IPA

From the bottle, Mad Hatter from New Holland Brewing, located in Holland, Michigan.  Quite hoppy, with an almost red color, though lower on the gravity with an ABV of 5.25%, with a mild bitter aftertaste.

Grade: B-


My First Homebrew

From the Brews Best Russian Stout kit…gravity was a bit low due to
incorrect malt extraction…namely, I didn’t rinse out the LME cans, and
lost, so it is actually a Irish stout now :)


And the label…I call it “Almost Irish Stout”:


Simple Hefeweizen

My second brew, a birthday surprise, just a simple, close to authentic hefeweizen.

Recipe: Billy's Bodaciously Bubbly Birthday Brew
Style: Weizen/Weissbier

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.72 gal
Estimated OG: 1.047 SG
Estimated Color: 6.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 13.8 IBU
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount        Item                                      Type         % or IBU
6.60 lb       Wheat Liquid Extract (7.0 SRM)            Extract      100.00 %
1.00 oz       Hallertauer [3.70 %]  (60 min) (First Wort)Hops         13.8 IBU
4.00 oz       Malto-Dextrine (Boil 15.0 min)            Misc
1 Pkgs        American Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP32Yeast-Wheat                

Log
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OG: 1.049 adjusted
~72 hours after pitching, airlock bubbles @ 1 every two seconds with temp of 68f
Took two weeks before fermentation to finally complete
Bottled 48 x 12oz bottles made with 5oz of priming and 2cups H20 boiled for 5 minutes
9/11 - First tasting...clean, not enough carbonation yet, but has a good smooth hefe taste.