Monday, February 01, 2016

Brewing the Brother Bear Dopplebock

As I mentioned in Return of Brother Bear Dopplebock, I planned to brew Brother Bear Dopplebock a couple of weekends ago.

No surprise. I did brew it.

Of course, part of the recipe for Brother Bear Dopplebock. Required that I harvest yeast from the smaller lager Ulterior Motive Amber. Usually when I harvest yeast, I'll end up with 4 mason jars of yeast, which can be used for 4 separate batches.

This time, however, all that yeast was used for the Dopplebock. With a planned ABV of 8.2%, this is by far the biggest lager I've ever brewed. I wanted to make sure I had enough lager yeast to do the job.

I harvested on Saturday and brewed on Sunday.

Brew day was a typical early-morning start. It was going to be a nice warm day, so I actually brewed outside, which doesn't always happen in the winter.

I got to the right mash temperature pretty quickly.

My pre-boil gravity was a bit low, but my volume was a little high. I boiled a little longer, getting my gravity to what I had planned before I started the timer.

And everything went fine.

I got the wort chilled and into the fermentor before church.

I used the ice bath in the gott cooler to get the temperature in the 40's.

Then, I pitched all that yeast.

The fermentation was well on its way when I woke up the next morning.

I used a blow-off tube, but I never quite got any blow off.

As far as I can tell, the fermentation went very well. I have not taken a gravity reading since brew day, so I don't know for sure.

Now, the fermentor will come out of the temperature control cooler. I'll let it stay in the fermentor until next weekend. I'll keg it then, but will let the keg stay at room temperature for a couple of weeks to do any more conditioning without being exposed to oxygen.

After the warm conditioning, I'll chill the keg. I'll probably let it chill for another couple weeks. Then, I'll carbonate it up. I expect to have my first taste on about March 19th. This will be a beer that I plan to keep for several months. I probably won't finish the keg until 2017. So, I'll only be sampling it for awhile.

I will, of course, keep you updated on how the beer progresses. See the usual spots:

SheppyBrew's Facebook Page;Sheppy's Twitter Feed; SheppyBrew's Website; and of course this Blog.

Go BlackHawks!

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