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Steak au Poivre

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Prepare the steak to your liking and set aside on a plate.  Into the pan, a good splash and then some of Worcestershire-sauce, green peppercorns, 1/3 of a chicken stock cube, half a cup or so water.  Let it boil and reduce by a third or so. Add cream, let it thicken, if too salty or spicy, add more cream. It won’t split, trust me. put the steak(s) into the pan again and paste them with the sauce. I like to eat this with frites that get soggy in the sauce.

What also works, go easy (or not) with the peppercorns, fry some mushrooms and onion with the steak, add 1-2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard. Use pork or chicken instead, works just fine.

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Categories: Cooking

Brew #8: Hop Burst Winter Warmer

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment
name Hop Burst Winter Warmer
“style” Strong Ale
IBU 54
EBC 46
OG 1.062 BeerSmith 1064
FG 1.021
alc%vol 5.4
attenuation 66
brewing date 10-Sep-11
bottling date 30-Sep-11
days in primary 20
yeast S-04
brewing system Speidel Braumeister 20L
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 5.2 86.67%
grain 2 Crystal 150 0.53 8.83%
grain 3 Chocolate 0.15 2.50%
grain 4 Amber 0.12 2.00%
total grain 6 100%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 blend 9.4% 20 60
hop2 blend 9.4% 20 30
hop3 blend 9.4% 30 10
hop4 blend 9.4% 30 5
hop5 blend 9.4% 30 boil off 10m
total hop 130
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 40
step 2 60 67
step 3 15 77
notes Hops are a blend of
50% of Target 12.53%
23% of Progress 7.89%
27% of Fuggles 3.8%
The 3rd week FG would not drop
Categories: Brewing

Brew #7: Right Royal Pain Mild

With this one I had to discard the first brew and start all over again; I had some kind of a funneling problem and during the mash the wort kept shooting out onto the floor and against the walls…all luckily tiled. The second try went without a hitch.

 

name Right Royal Pain Mild
“style” Mild Brown Ale
IBU 21
EBC 47
OG 1.036 BeerSmith 1.035
FG 1.0125
alc%vol 3.1
attenuation 65
brewing date 1-Sep-11
bottling date 9-Sep-11
days in primary 8
yeast S-04
brewing system Speidel Braumeister 20L
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 2.7 83.08%
grain 2 Crystal 150 0.25 7.69%
grain 3 Amber 0.1 3.08%
grain 4 Black 0.05 1.54%
grain 5 Chocolate 0.15 4.62%
total grain 3.25 100%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 Progress 7.89 6 60
hop2 Fuggles 3.8 14 60
hop3 Progress 7.89 6 15
hop4 Fuggles 3.8 14 15
total hop 40
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 38
step 2 60 67
step 3 10 77
notes kegged into 4x5L party-kegs
Categories: Brewing

Brew #6: Porter

name Porter
style Porter
IBU 43
EBC 78
OG 1.06 BeerSmith 1.061
FG 1.02
alc%vol 5.3
attenuation 67
brewing date 20-Aug-11
bottling date 3-Sep-11
days in primary 14
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 4.7 85.45%
grain 2 Crystal 150 0.25 4.55%
grain 3 Amber 0.1 1.82%
grain 4 Black 0.15 2.73%
grain 5 Chocolate 0.3 5.45%
total grain 5.5 100.00%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 Target 12.53% 30 60
hop2 Fuggles 35 10
total hop 65
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 38
step 2 60 67
step 3 10 77
sparge 4L
boil minutes 60
yeast S-04
litres in 24
litres out (to FV) 20
notes 24L start of boil
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Brew #5: Amarillo Ale

name Amarillo Ale
style ESB “hybrid”
IBU 51
EBC 19
OG 1.054
FG 1.014
alc%vol 5.3
attenuation 74
brewing date 3-Aug-11
bottling date 19-Aug-11
days in primary 16
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 4.5 90.00%
grain 2 Crystal 150 0.3 6.00%
grain 3 Amber 0.2 4.00%
total grain 5 100.00%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 Target 12.53% 25 60
hop2 Progress 5.5% 15 60
hop3 Amarillo 9.4% 15 15
hop4 Progress 5.5% 15 15
hop5 Amarillo 9.4% 18 5
hop6 Amarillo 9.4% 25 boil off 10m
total hop 113
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 38
step 2 60 67
step 3 10 77
sparge 5L
boil minutes 60
yeast US-05
litres in 23-24
litres out (to FV) 20
Categories: Brewing

Brew #4: Bitter

name Bitter
style Bitter Ale
IBU 37
EBC 19
OG 1.044
FG 1.01
alc%vol 4.5
attenuation 77
brewing date 25-Jul-11
bottling date 10-Aug-11
days in primary 16
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 3.5 87.50%
grain 2 Crystal 150 0.3 7.50%
grain 3 Amber 0.2 5.00%
total grain 4 100.00%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 Target 12.53% 20 60
hop2 EKG 5.22% + Progress 5.5% 20 15
hop3 EKG 5.22% 30 5
hop4 Amarillo 9.4% 25 boil off
hop5 Amarillo 9.4% + EKG 5.22% 30 dry hop 20+10
total hop 125
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 38
step 2 60 67
step 3 10 77
sparge 5L
boil minutes 60
yeast S04
dry hop yes
litres in 24
litres out (to FV) 17
notes 3L loss in bottling due to loose hops blocking flow
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Brew #3: Golden Summer Ale

name Golden Summer Ale
style Pale Ale
IBU 38
EBC 8
OG 1.046
FG 1.014
alc%vol 4.2
attenuation 70
brewing date 6-Jul-11
bottling date 18-Jul-11
days in primary 12
grain bill grain kg %
grain 1 Pale Ale 4 100.00%
total grain 4 100.00%
hop schedule hop gram minutes
hop1 Target 12.53% 20 60
hop2 EKG 5.22% 30 15
total hop 50
mash schedule minutes degrees c
step 1 mash in 38
step 2 60 67
step 3 10 77
sparge 4L
boil minutes 60
yeast S-04
litres in 23 23L boil start
litres out (to FV) 19.25
notes 23L start of boil, bottled 19L
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