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135 Different Beers in a Year, 135 Different Beers…

My beer bottle-shooting DIY "studio"
My beer bottle-shooting DIY “studio”

I’ve made a bad habit of documenting most, if not all, of the beer I’ve drank over my lifetime (see writer, technical). It started with a Microsoft Access database that went nowhere, even after paying someone to input tons of bottle information. After a house move where I angered friends who helped move 27 cases of empty bottles, and moving in with someone who had zero interest in keeping them around, I started photographing the bottles and getting rid of them. I believe there’s somewhere between 650-850 beers cataloged, but not in one meaningful way — yet.
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I bought fish supplies, and I don’t own fish

One of the, shall we say, issues confronting homebrewers is equipment: you never have enough. I buy something new seemingly every brew day. All purchases, so far, have been good purchases, and result in better beer.

Saturday was brew day; I believe it’s batch #9 since I started. Building on the success of my last batch, Wazzup Wit, I formulated a recipe, and submitted it for comments on a couple of beer forums.

This, however, brings about another issue homebrewers have: how much advice to take when brewing beer. It takes some time to wade through the comments, and separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff. when i posted my recipe.

Simcorillo IPA

14-B American IPA

BeerTools Pro Color Graphic

Size: 4.84 gal

Efficiency: 6.62%

Attenuation: 78.6%

Calories: 212.42 kcal per 12 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.064 (1.056 – 1.075)


Terminal Gravity: 1.014 (1.010 – 1.018)


Color: 11.7 (6.00 – 15.00)


Alcohol: 6.61% (5.50% – 7.50%)


Bitterness: 95.8 (40.00 – 60.00)



7.0 lb Dry Extra Light

1 lb Crystal Malt 20°L

8.0 oz Caramunich® TYPE I

1 ea White Labs WLP051 California Ale V

1 oz Simcoe (11.9%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min

2 oz Amarillo (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20 min

1 oz Amarillo (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 7.0 min

.5 oz Simcoe (11.9%) – added during boil, boiled 7 min

.5 oz Amarillo (8.0%) – added during boil, boiled 0 min

0.5 oz Simcoe (11.9%) – added dry to secondary fermenter

.5 oz Amarillo (8.0%) – added dry to secondary fermenter


Ambient Air: 70.0 °F

Source Water: 60.0 °F

Elevation: 0.0 m


Late extract addition – first time experimenting. Added 3lb DME at 60 minutes, 4lb at 15 minutes.
Mash temp for grains: 150F. 45 minute steep.
Created yeast starter (first time) following Palmer’s How to Brew method (http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-5.html)
Aerated wort for ~5 minutes using fish tank oxygenator.

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