Thought for Third Thursday

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline – it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons but at the very least you need a beer.”

—Frank Zappa

Thought for Third Thursday

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

— Ernest Hemingway

Brew Day: Brunch Stout (a little late)

Father’s Day is always a great day to sit back and brew. While I normally prefer to brew lagers and light ales, this year I stretched my repertoire a little bit by brewing Northern Brewer’s Brunch Stout. This is an American-Style Stout that may literally stand up and kick you in the mouth. A face guard is recommended when brewing this little number. You can find Northern Brewer’s Brunch Stout kits in both all-grain and extract versions.

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Thought for Third Thursday

“The church is close, but the roady is icy.  The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully”

—Russian Proverb

Brunch Stout – Northern Brewer Extract Kit

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5.4 gal 60 min 58.93 40 1.067 1.017 6.55
Actuals 1.067 1.017

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
American Stout 13 E 1.05 - 1.075 1.01 - 1.022 35 - 75 30 - 40 0 - 0 5 - 7 %


Name Amount %
Liquid Malt Extract - Light 6 lbs 50
Dry Malt Extract - Light 2 lbs 16.67
Belgian Candi Syrup - D180 1 lbs 8.33
Roasted Barley 1.25 lbs 10.42
Dark Crystal 80L 1 lbs 8.33
Coffee Malt 6.4 oz 3.33
Chocolate 5.6 oz 2.92


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Nugget 1.2 oz 60 min Boil Pellet 14


Name Amount Time Use Type
Peace Coffee Organic French Roast 4.17 oz 0 min Boil Flavor


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
London Ale 1028 (1028) Wyeast 75% 60°F - 72°F

Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler Residual Volume

Just a quick update on the Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler

I racked my Bavarian Helles wort from the Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler to a secondary (keg) fermentor using my auto siphon. Everything worked great and the beer ran clear in the lines the whole time. When it was done, I measured the residual volume. With the auto siphon resting on the punted bottom, there was a 2.3qt (2.15L) residual left in the fermenter.

BeerAlchemy Mac and iOS Review

BeerAlchemy was the first complete homebrewing software package that I tried. I first started using it in 2006 and was most impressed by the responsiveness of the developer, Kent Place Software. I have had a few conversations over the years with Steve Flack who appears to run Kent Place Software.

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