A few weeks ago, I posted about being asked to brew beer for a major company event. This past weekend, that event took place; I figured that I would follow up and relate how it went.
I brewed two beers for the event - my Oakenbranch IPA, and my Thundersmoke brown ale. The two brew days themselves went just fine (no snickering, you in the back!). I added even more dry hops to the IPA, figuring that it would be impossible to end up with too much; the brown ale (which happens to be a "house beer" for me), I brewed exactly according to the recipe. I did scale both recipes up a hair in the hopes of ending up with at least a few bottles of each for personal consumption.
My numbers were great on the IPA - 1.077 OG (1.076 target), 1.014 FG (1.017 target). That did come in a bit high on ABV (8.31%, to be exact), so I was a little concerned about aging time, but there wasn't much to do about that. The brown ale landed at 1.058 OG (target 1.057), but I got big attenuation - FG was 1.008 (target was 1.015, holy cow!).
To be fair, I always make large starter and oxygenate well. I think that I need to adjust my numbers a bit; Beersmith wants to set the target OG in the middle of the yeast's expected attenuation range, but I almost always hit the top (or exceed it a bit). Still, somebody needs to tell my WLP037 that it's not supposed to his 86% attenuation (it supposedly maxes out at 72%)!
I had planned to have both beers bottled for a full three weeks, but life got crazy, and they only ended up in bottles for two. I did have one of each beer prior to the event (after completing the two full cases of each beer for my company, I...
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posted by TCXRyNo on 10/24/2014 at 09:32:31 AM
Yay! And double yay for the chili cookoff! I was super stoked to help on those labels. And your caps were a great finishing touch.
posted by Lori on 10/27/2014 at 12:05:16 PM
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