Please always refer to this page for the latest details and information regarding the project: http://www.fermenttheworld.com/?p=90
Purchase a free ticket of the single hop you will brew with at http://ftwsinglehop.eventbrite.com. First come first serve! If you want to brew two 5 gallon batches, feel free!
The hops that can be provided by Harvest Moon have a * next to them.
We’ve finally got this thing off the ground! The planning meeting was attended by Ben B., Kyle, Dave R., Ryan H., Ted, Mike and Ila. By the time a few rounds of tasty Harvest Moon brews were finished, the details were finalized. Here’s the nitty gritty:
WHO All members of Ferment the World, PALE ALES, and WHALES are invited to participate. We can accept up to 45 brewers / batches. FTW members will receive FREE grains, hops, and yeast from Harvest Moon (how sweet is that!). Everyone else will receive free hops and yeast from Harvest Moon, but will have to purchase their own grains or DME.
WHAT Every participant will brew 5 gallons of a standardized recipe, using a single hop for flavor and aroma additions. This will yield roughly 45 bottles per batch. Imagining that we get 20 brewers to participate, everyone will exchange bottles so that each brewer gets 2 bottles of all 20 single-hopped beers (i.e. 2 sets of about three 6-packs)! Extras will go to clubs, homebrew stores, local breweries, etc. At the very least, everyone is guaranteed 1 bottle of everything. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t pass it by, call today…
WHERE Harvest Moon and Love2Brew will be central locations for various parts of the project, and as we finalize who is participating, we may draw in other central locations like Princeton Homebrew, JJ Bittings, etc. To be determined.
WHEN We would like to finalize participation by the end of February. Then, during March, recipes will be ordered and distributed. Brewing will start in April, and follow a 1-2-3 process – 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary (or an additional 2 in primary), and 3 weeks carbonation. The final two weeks in May, everyone will drop off their beers at central locations so they can be organized into sampler packs for everyone. And, at the June meeting of Ferment the World, we’ll have the first official sampling of the entire lineup!
WHY Inspired by the Mikkeler single hop series, the goal of this project is to educate all the participants about the flavor and aroma of a wide variety of hops. Typically it would take years of brewing to be exposed to all of these hops and grow your palate to discern each of them!
- Each brewer will sign up and self-select the hop they want to brew on a first come, first serve basis.
- The standardized recipe was designed with maximum simplicity in mind. We want anyone to be able to participate, whether its your first brew or 100th! So, the all-grain bill will simply be 10 lbs of 2-row pale malt. For extract brewers, we recommend using DME, which would be 6 lbs. We are leaving out all specialty grains in order to fully feature the hop flavor and aroma.
- Each brew will get 1 oz of flavor hops and 1 oz of aroma hops. The bittering hop will be varied to maintain a consistent range of IBU from 40-60.
- The yeast used will be White Labs “Cali 1″ (WLP001) or Safale US-05 (dry).
- Detailed guidelines for brewing will be created and posted, outlining the recommended boil time, timing of hop additions, and calculations for the bittering hop addition.
- After brewing, everyone will label their bottles with a standard mailing label including brewer’s name, OG, FG, and IBUs so we can keep track of what is what!
- See the WHEN section above for more details regarding timing.
UPDATE #1 – March 7th, 2012
To all, I am still finalizing the details of the project, so hold tight for a few more days. I have a big spreadsheet that has all the info needed to calculate hop amounts, alpha acids, etc. Remember no one needs to get started yet. The plan was to brew around the beginning of April, give people 6 weeks of fermentation/aging/carbonation, and then do the first official tasting in June. We have brewers signed up for a total of 37 batches! About 17 from Ferment the World, 5 or so from PALE ALES, and about 10 from WHALES, including a bunch of brewers who participate in multiple clubs. We also have a few homebrewers from a recently formed club in Lawrenceville! Welcome guys.
What’s coming in the next few days:
- The brewing spreadsheet, which will primarily be about the hop additions and which ingredients you are responsible for vs. which ingredients are being provided to you by Harvest Moon!
- Detailed brewing instructions for the newer brewers. Experienced brewers, please feel free to use your own processes, keeping in mind that the more we standardize, the better the result.
- Information about when to pick your ingredients up from Love2Brew, and possibly other distribution points like Princeton Homebrew.
- Discussion about a bottle collection for those brewers who might want some free bottles. For example, we might be able to get a ton from the George St. Ale House, where one of the FTW members works.
Remember that in brewing a 5 gallon recipe, you ideally brew more than 5 gallons so that by the time of bottling you actually have 5 full gallons to bottle. 5 gallons equals 640 fluid ounces, divided by 12 ounce bottles = 53.3 bottles with no spillage or accidents. There are 37 batches of beer in this project, so everyone will definitely get 37 bottles back = 6 six packs + 1 bottle, one of each single-hopped beer. We’ll figure out what to do with the remaining sets once we find out how many extra sets we have. As I mentioned in the original post, we want extra sets to go to the homebrew clubs, homebrew stores, brewpubs, brewers, etc. that we are all affiliated with. Also if you do the math, that’s 37 batches x ~50 bottles = 1850 bottles that need to be re-sorted from all of one batch to each of 37 batches! When the time comes, we’ll definitely be looking for A LOT of help with that. And we’ll be taking A LOT of pictures to document this whole crazy project.
That’s all for now,
UPDATE #2 – March 18th, 2012
Hi all, here’s the latest update. Sorry it is so long, this is turning out to be a complicated project!
GRAINS AND HOPS
Grains and hops have been picked up from Harvest Moon and organized. 20 brewers are receiving 10 lbs each of grains, and 13 of those brewers are receiving their “single hop” allotment of 2 ounces. Love2Brew has a sheet with your name and ingredients – PLEASE PICK UP during normal business hours within the next week if possible. If you cannot pick them up by next Sunday (3/25), please email Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know when you’ll be able to pick up.
The brewers who need to pick up items (grains and/or hops) from Love2Brew are listed below:
We’ve modified the original instructions slightly. The new target is 40 IBUs, to keep it in the pale ale range. Previously it was 40-60 IBUs. Keeping it down to ~40 IBUs ensures that no brewer will have to use more than 3 ounces of hops. We also decided to use Chinook (12% alpha acid) as the 60 minute addition for bittering. The 60 minute addition is not expected to contribute any flavor to the brew, and so by using a higher AA hop we were able to keep the total hop bill under 3 ounces. In the example case of a low AA hop, Czech Saaz comes in at 3.0% AA, and adding 2 ounces only contributes 6 IBUs, so the remaining 34 IBUs are achieved by adding 0.8 ounces of Chinook 12% AA at 60 minutes.
- 10 lbs of 2-row grain yields an estimated original gravity of 1.051.
- If you are not brewing all-grain, we recommend 6 lbs of dry malt extract for an estimated original gravity of 1.052.
- 1 ounce of flavoring hops is added at 15 minutes (or 20 minutes for noble hops).
- 1 ounce of aroma hops is added at 1 minute (or 5 minutes for noble hops).
- A variable amount of bittering hops (Chinook 12% AA or equivalent 12% AA hop if you can’t find Chinook) is added at 60 minutes to total the targeted 40 IBUs. I have created a spreadsheet to calculate the exact amount needed – please email Ben at email@example.com if you have your hop, know the AA, and need help calculating how many ounces you’ll need at 60 minutes to hit your target 40 IBUs. You should be able to calculate this yourself if you have BeerSmith.
Harvest Moon will provide yeast to anyone who wants it. However, it will not be ready until ~3/30, so that Kyle can get a fresh batch of yeast, brew a light beer with it, and provide us with the 1st generation. We spoke to Al Buck from East Coast Yeast regarding how best to distribute, and he recommended sanitized mason jars. I have purchased 19 of them for starters, at a cost of $2 per. If you want to wait for Harvest Moon yeast, stay tuned in to the Facebook page where we will announce when the yeast is ready for pickup. In this case, you will pick up directly from Harvest Moon and drop of $2 for the mason jar. FYI you’ll be getting about 1/2 pint of fresh yeast, which is more than enough for several batches of homebrew! Everyone signed up for the project is able to get free yeast. If you prefer to get started without waiting for Harvest Moon yeast, please try to use WL001 California Yeast or Safale US-05 dry yeast.
It is logistically impossible for all brewers involved in this project to stick to the exact same guidelines and hit the same target OG, ABV, IBU, SRM, etc. That being said, the closer you stick to the guidelines, the better the result will be. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced brewers are welcome to commence with brewing whenever is convenient. Overall, we are still on track for the project goal of brewing in the beginning of April, following a 1 week primary, 2 week secondary, 3 weeks carbonation (for bottles) schedule. The final two weeks in May will be bottle drop-offs and shuffling of the beers into full sets for each brewer. The FTW meeting in June will be the first “official” tasting!
Ben Bakelaar, Ferment the World
UPDATE #3 – March 28th, 2012
Hi everyone, we are just about ready to get started! Some of you may have already gotten started in fact, which is no problem. For those who are waiting on free yeast from Harvest Moon, you should email Kyle McDonald at email@example.com to arrange for picking up your mason jar of yeast between Monday 4/2 and Friday 4/7 between 10AM and 8PM. Please make sure to email Kyle and set up a pre-arranged time so Kyle can plan his brewing day accordingly, or arrange for someone else to have the yeast ready for you when you arrive. If those dates/times don’t work, email Kyle and Ben and we’ll work something out.
ALSO remember to bring $2 cash to cover the cost of the mason jars. I bought 19 so far, and that is about how many people I expect will want yeast. I can always hop over to Michaels and buy more if they are running out. The reason we are purchasing them in advance is to make Kyle’s life easier. And let’s all give a big THANK YOU to Harvest Moon and Kyle for going out of their way to support this project!
Any other questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also I encourage everyone to post up the details and pictures of your brew day on the FTW page at http://www.facebook.com/fermenttheworld! It might be a good way to store and share brewday data that otherwise might get lost or forgotten, like your original gravity, mash temperature, etc. And guys, just to be clear, there is no way we are getting through this project with everyone yielding all 5 gallons of beer So don’t feel bad if you have an accident or come up short… I’m sure you will not be alone!
Event: Single Hop Pale Ale Big Brew
Date: Brewing the first week in April is the target start. + or – is fine as long as you feel comfortable having your beer ready to be dropped off to Love2Brew by mid-May, possibly the weekend of 5/19-5/20.
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