Beer Batch #2: Imperial Ass Ale


#2 Imperial Ass Imperial IPA
Imperial IPA

Type:
Partial Mash

Date: 1/18/2010

Batch Size:
5.00 gal

Brewer:
Mayor Awesome
Boil Size: 5.72 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes: On 1/26/2010, when I moved it to the secondary, it tasted like ASS (hence the name). When I opened it on 2/6/2010, it tasted awesome. Aaron liked this beer the best (so far) and better than #1
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.00 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 9.66 %
6.60 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 63.77 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 80L (80.0 SRM) Grain 9.66 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4.83 %
0.25 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.42 %
2.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] (40 min) Hops 75.1 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] (15 min) Hops 21.2 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] (5 min) Hops 8.5 IBU
1.00 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 9.66 %
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 (American) – Dry Yeast (11.5 gram) (Safale) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile

Est Original
Gravity
:

1.074 SG

Measured Original Gravity:
1.063 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.021 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.008 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.93 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 7.18 %
Bitterness: 104.9 IBU Calories: 279 cal/pint
Est Color: 15.6 SRM Color:

Color
Mash Profile
Mash Name:
My Mash
Total Grain Weight:
1.75 lb
Sparge Water:
5.93 gal
Grain Temperature:
72.0 F
Sparge Temperature:
168.0 F
TunTemperature:
72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment:
FALSE
Mash PH:
5.4 PH
Mash Notes:
Carbonation and
Storage
Carbonation Type:
Corn Sugar
Volumes of CO2:
2.4
Pressure/Weight:
3.8 oz
Carbonation Used:
-
Keg/Bottling Temperature:
60.0 F
Age for:
28.0 days
Storage Temperature:
52.0 F
Notes
1/26/2010 Racked to secondary
- Tasted like ASS (hecnce the name), I can’t even swallow it (that’s what she said?)
- Not sure of the flavor. Maybe astringent. (Later on, I’m guessing it’s fusel alchol)
- Very strong flavor. Offensive. God have mercy on my soul.

2/12/2010 Bottling Day
- The beer has calmed down quite a bit. It might actually be drinkable.
- 17 days in the secondary probably did it some good.

3/5/2010 Open first bottle
- Tastes great. Good candidate for re-creating
- The aftertaste is a little bitter, but otherwise not to shabby.

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Climbing in Las Vegas

More videos will come in the future, but I wanted to get this one up right quick. My rock climbing crew LCO went out to Las Vegas to climb back in March 2010. This video is from day 2 when we climbed Johnny Vegas. We had planned on climbing Solar Slab after Johnny Vegas which is 8 more pitches, but we got a late start (I dunno how because we were out the door at 5am) and there was some slow moving traffic (climbers) up ahead of us on the wall. It was probably a good decision because we probably wouldn’t have finished the climb before dark. If that happened it would have been really dangerous to walk out of there. So we made the hard decision of bailing on the route. It was the right thing to do though.

So besides Johnny Vegas we has some really great days in Ice Box Canyon, and toolin’ around the second and third pullouts. Below are some photos taken by my good buddies Tina (vraiphoto.com) and Liesl (liesldieselphoto.com):

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First Batch of Beer: #1 The Hairy Arm Brew


#1 Hairy Arm IPA
American IPA

Type:
Partial Mash

Date: 1/10/2010

Batch Size:
5.00 gal

Brewer:
Mayor Awesome
Boil Size: 5.72 gal Asst Brewer:
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: My Equipment
Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes: Tasted good. Sweet. Not sure which hops I added because I failed to write it down. I’ll have to call Homebrew LTD in St. Charles, IL to find out, or contact Brewers Best.
Ingredients
Amount Item Type % or IBU
1.00 lb Light Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 10.99 %
6.60 lb Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 72.53 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt – 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.99 %
0.50 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5.49 %
3.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (55 min) Hops 134.3 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (5 min) Hops 9.1 IBU
5.00 gal Chicago, IL Water
1 Pkgs Safale US-05 (American) – Dry Yeast (11.5 gram) (Safale) Yeast-Ale
Beer Profile

Est Original
Gravity
:

1.064 SG

Measured Original Gravity:
1.057 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.018 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.020 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.93 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.8 %
Bitterness: 143.5 IBU Calories: 259 cal/pint
Est Color: 12.7 SRM Color:

Color
Mash Profile
Mash Name:
My Mash
Total Grain Weight:
1.50 lb
Sparge Water:
3.40 gal
Grain Temperature:
72.0 F
Sparge Temperature:
168.0 F
TunTemperature:
72.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment:
FALSE
Mash PH:
5.4 PH
My Mash
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
20 min Step Add 10.00 qt of water and heat to 155.0 F over 2 min 155.0 F
Mash Notes:
Carbonation and
Storage
Carbonation Type:
Corn Sugar
Volumes of CO2:
2.4
Pressure/Weight:
3.8 oz
Carbonation Used:
-
Keg/Bottling Temperature:
60.0 F
Age for:
22.0 days
Storage Temperature:
52.0 F
Notes
This is my first batch of beer I ever made. I started brewing it on 1/10/2010 and I finally got to taste it for the very first time on 2/6/2010. I made quite a few mistakes on this batch, which I suppose is to be expected for a first time brew. But it ended up tasting pretty good. This was a great lesion in the home brew golden rule: Relax, don’t worry, have a home brew. So here’s a rundown of the mistakes I made:
  1. When steeping the grains (this is a partial mash recipe), I let the temperature get up to 175° – 180°. This can cause the grains to release their tannins and will make the beer bitter.
  2. I was using a dry yeast: Safale US-05 (American) – Dry Yeast (11.5 gram). I didn’t make a starter culture for the yeast. Instead I just poured the dry yeast into the wort. This ended up being okay, but not doing so can cause the yeast to have a hard time getting started and can allow bacteria to take hold. Once the yeast gets going, bacteria competes with the yeast and eventually (hopefully) the yeast will win out. Luckily, I properly sanitized my equipment, so no there wasn’t any indication of a bacterial presence in the beer.
  3. I forgot to agitate the wort and introduce Oxygen into it right away. I did do it 24 hours later, after the yeast had been pitched into the fermenter. At the end of the day, everything ended up okay though. Introducing Oxygen (at this stage) is important for the yeast to start doing their thing.
  4. I didn’t filter out any of the trub from the boil. I just poured the whole thing in there. This means that all of the hops and grains that were in the boil were also in the fermenter. This can lead to bittering of the beer.
  5. After putting the lid on my 5 gallon plastic bucket, I popped in airlock and the rubber gasket. I accidentally pushed the rubber gasket into the wort. I only had one so I had to retrieve it. I sanitized the crap out of my hand and arm with bleach. I was already worried about bacterial contamination and this didn’t help anything. After fishing around the wort for a few seconds, I found the gasket, re-sanitized it and put the airlock in. Again, everything turned out okay, but this probably isn’t the best way to keep your wort bacteria free.
  6. I also took horrible notes. I didn’t write down what kind of hops I used, and other things that’ll make this recipe hard to re-create. Later on, I refined my note taking skills.

On 1/17/2010, I bottled the beer. At this point the beer is pretty much done fermenting. A little fermenting will happen in the bottle, but nothing appreciable.

On 2/16/2010, I opened up my first bottle of home brew and was pleasantly surprised at the taste. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but for my first go, it wasn’t half bad.

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We’re goin beer blog suckers (Rock climbing too)

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Hey kids, how are ya? Let’s sit down for a second here. Pull up a chair. We need to talk.

Ya, sure, this “blog” thing is going alright. It’s cute. Every once in a while, you’ll see some kitten videos or some deal about facial hair. You get the idea.

But I think it’s time we got serious about what we’re doing here. We gotta quit fuckin’ around (Don’t tell your mother I swore in front of you).  Sure we can still do the stupid dog videos and videos of people gettin’ hit in the crotch. I mean, come on, that’s our bread and butter. But what we really need to concentrate on are the two things you love the most. Namely beer and rock climbing. I know, I know what you’re going to say. “But Mayor Awesome” that sounds like you’re actually going to have to update your blag once in a while.” Well yeah, no shit Einstein. You think you’re so smart ’cause you went to college? Psh.

We’ve been doing this blogging thing for a long ass time. Before there even was an Awesometown. That’s right kid. This ain’t my first rodeo. If you wanna hit the big time, you gotta cut the crap and start producing some damn content. So let’s get on it kid. Alright? Alright. Now get me a beer outta the fridge.

That’s a good kid.

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OK Go: This Too Shall Pass

In this Open Letter “To the people of the world,” the band OK Go laments the state of labels controlling the embedding of videos.  The band has been on the cutting edge of independently making their own videos, with often amazing Internet response.  ”Here It Goes Again” (You know, the treadmill video) is consistently one of the most watched videos on YouTube, however all YouTube OK Go videos are coded with embedding disabled, as per their label.  Here, they perform their song “This Too Shall Pass” live on location, with a little help from the Notre Dame Marching Band.

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

Via [Neatorama]

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Keynes and Hayek gangsta rap

In “Fear the Boom and Bust,” John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek perform a gangsta rap about their competing economic theories:

John Maynard Keynes, wrote the book on modern macro
The man you need when the economy’s off track, [whoa]
Depression, recession now your question’s in session
Have a seat and I’ll school you in one simple lesson

BOOM, 1929 the big crash
We didn’t bounce back–economy’s in the trash
Persistent unemployment, the result of sticky wages
Waiting for recovery? Seriously? That’s outrageous!

I had a real plan any fool can understand
The advice, real simple–boost aggregate demand!
C, I, G, all together gets to Y
Make sure the total’s growing, watch the economy fly

“Fear the Boom and Bust” a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem [Via BoingBoing]

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