Brew Day – Bunsy Bell AIPA Clone – 12/22/2018

So, tomorrow I march into my Fantasy football championship (12 team, full PPR) with this roster…

  • QB: Cam Newton
  • RB: James Connor
  • RB: Todd Gurley
  • WR: Julio Jones
  • WR: Tyler Boyd
  • WR: Alshon Jeffery
  • TE: Rob Gronkowski
  • Flex: Josh Allen
  • K: who cares
  • DST: Denver

What’s that you say – injuries happen? Let’s see what I’m really throwing out there…

  • QB: Josh Allen
  • RB: Gus Edwards
  • RB: Todd Gurley
    • Oh wait, he’s doubtful – probably either Kallen Ballage or CJ Anderson
  • WR: Julio Jones
    • Oh wait, he’s doubtful – probably Robert Foster
  • WR: Alshon Jeffery
  • WR: Jarvis Landry
  • TE: Rob Gronkowski
  • Flex: Could be Kallen Ballage or CJ Anderson, or Robert Foster depending on Julio’s status
  • K: still don’t care
  • DST: Denver

If I end up pulling this off, they should double my winnings.

UPDATE: 12/23 – I got slaughtered. It was over before Todd Gurley even got a chance to be scratched. Oh well, 2nd place in one league, and 4th in another isn’t a bad year. Gronk goosed me in the championships! Never again Gronk. Never again. Julio ended up playing, so I flexed Kallen Ballage. That ended up being garbage.

I need a beer.

BYO just published a bunch of recipes from Bell’s brewery. I love their Hop Slam. I also love their Two Hearted Ale. Since Hop Slam is one of those “…don’t make plans the next day if you are going to drink a few…” beers, it is better suited to be a small batch.

Two Hearted Ale, on the other hand, is well suited to be a keg beer in my tap room. Not a session by any stretch of the imagination, but a beer that I could probably get away with having two, and not feel bad the next day. It is a REALLY good beer.

To give you an idea of how good this beer is – it got a 100 on Ratebeer. Yes, its that good.

The recipe:

Not a lot of creative license here. I’ll follow the recipe the first time out, and if all goes well, maybe I’ll put my own spin on it. But, it’s a freaking perfect beer – I can only screw it up by monkeying around, right?

The Steps:

  • 75 minute mash
  • 75 minute boil
  • Hops @ 45/30, and dry after primary is done
  • Yeast nutrient and fining agent at 10 minutes
  • 2 packs of rehydrated S-05

The Numbers:

  • Pre boil volume target: 7.59 gallons
    • little on the high side
  • Pre boil gravity target: 1.057
    • exceeded @ 1.060
  • Post boil volume target: 6.34 gallons (5.25 gallons into the fermenter)
    • too much – 6 gallons into the fermenter
  • Post boil gravity (OG) target: 1.071
    • missed @ 1.065
    • makes sense – I have .75 gallons more than I should have, so its a touch diluted
  • Final OG target: 1.010
  • Measured ABV (est): 7.2%

Misc Notes:

  • BIAB large batch
  • No sparge method
  • Struggled with volumes today – it was about 40 degrees outside and I didn’t have a particularly strong boil going. Ended up adding 8 minutes onto the boil to get the volume down a little. In retrospect, probably should have gone about 15 minutes total and pushed it to a full 90 minute boil.
  • The cold wreaked havoc on my poor battery powered drill. I had to break out the corded drill for grain milling and aerating.
    • Oh my freaking god – that corded power drill aerated the HELL out of that beer. Unreal. I’ll have to do that every time from here on out instead of my little 18V battery drill.
  • MY HYDROMETER BROKE DURING CLEANUP! This is a very essential piece of equipment as I have two beers in the tank already, and both are needing hydrometer updates.

12/24 update – The hydrometer I ordered on 12/22 actually ARRIVED. Thank YOU Amazon Prime.

Fermentation Notes:

  • Brought a space heater in to the basement to help fermentation area stay around 70 degrees
  • 12/24 – visible krausening in the tank (since there are a couple gallons of empty space, the airlock doesn’t usually go too crazy – I keep an eye on the krausen activity. I’ll be taking a hydrometer reading on the night of the 27th (per the recipe instructions).
  • 12/27 – dry hopped, couldn’t take a hydrometer reading due to trub surrounding the sample spout, and I’m not ready to empty the bulb yet. Since fermentation could be sluggish to due temp control issues, I don’t want to remove any yeast that I don’t have to yet.
  • 12/31 – emptied the bulb in my conical for the first time. No gravity reading yet.
  • 1/1 – Happy New Year! emptied the bulb for the 2nd time. Most sediment settled and now I have clear beer at the bottom of the conical. Took a gravity reading – 1.010 (TERMINAL). Will give it 24 hours to let any final sediment go to the bulb, and will probably keg tomorrow night when I get home from work. Got a real winner here.

Tasting Notes:

  • 1/1 – first time tasting since my sampling spigot was blocked by a ton of trub. Nice hoppy and pine finish. Slight sweetness. Very much reminds me of a Bell’s Two Hearted (which is good considering its a clone).





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