Posts Tagged ‘Dry Hopping’

Celebration Brew

Nov 30, 2009

Two weekends ago was another great time to brew.  The temperature was in the mid 60s with calm winds.  It was time to brew a recipe that is supposed to clone Sierra Nevada’s Celebration ale.  Celebration is one of my favorites and I look forward to its release every year.  I also buy it by the case to ensure I have plenty all winter.

I’ve looked at this recipe for some time now, but have never gotten around to brewing it.  Since the weather is cooperating for all-grain brewing (outside), I decided to brew this one all-grain.  The recipe calls for a total of 13 pounds of grain, the most I’ve ever tried to fit in my mash tun.  At 1.25 quarts per pound of grain this completely filled my mash tun and I had no room for water additions to raise the rest temperature.  So I had better hit the recommended rest temperature of 156 degrees on the first try.  I didn’t.  I hit 153 degrees.  There was nothing I could do at that point so I just went with it.  I really don’t think 3 degrees is going to make that much of a difference in the finished beer.  But if the beer turns out horrible, that’s what I’ll blame it on…not really.

Fast-Forward two weeks and I have just added the dry hops.  I used .5 oz of Centennial and .5 oz of Cascade pellets and I gave the fermenter a gentle shake to get the hops moving around a little.  The air-lock bubbled a bit more as the hops sloshed around but has settled back down again.  All should be good to go to the bottle next weekend.

The Adequate Brewer


Dry Hopping

Jan 21, 2009

I dry hopped one of my experimental American pale ales yesterday with some of my new Centennial whole hops.  I’ve never used whole hops before so this was an experience.