Brew day: “Get fresh with me” American Ale

by Bill Sempf 5. September 2010 10:19


I was lucky to be able to pick almost a pound and a half of Nugget hops at Ohio Hops in Galloway.  Nice folks.  Brian was great – I recommend him for all your Ohio Hop needs!  Anyway, I created a recipe with a single hop to showcase the flavor, and I think it will be a good one:

Get Fresh With Me

Brew Type: Extract Date: 9/5/2010
Style: American IPA Brewer: Bill Sempf
Batch Size: 5.00 gal Assistant Brewer: Adam Sempf
Boil Volume: 4.08 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Equipment: Brew Pot (5 Gallon)

Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.00 lb Extra Light Dry Extract (3.0 SRM) Dry Extract 87.50 %
0.50 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
0.50 lb Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 6.25 %
2.00 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (60 min) Hops 68.3 IBU
1.00 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (20 min) Hops 20.7 IBU
1.00 oz Nugget [13.00 %] (10 min) Hops 12.4 IBU
1 Pkgs SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04) Yeast-Ale  

Beer Profile
Estimated Original Gravity: 1.062 SG (1.056-1.075 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.060 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.016 SG (1.010-1.018 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 0.000 SG
Estimated Color: 8.8 SRM (6.0-15.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 101.4 IBU (40.0-70.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 39.0 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 6.02 % (5.50-7.50 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 0.00 %
Actual Calories: 0 cal/pint

Please brew it and let me know how it goes.  The hop numbers are for dry, to keep th AA calculations right.  You can substitute fresh whole hops for the dry by multiplying by 5 or so. I used 10, 6 and 4.


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Brew Plan for Cinco party

by Bill Sempf 9. February 2010 10:20

I posted a pic of the latest delivery by my favorite UPS guy, along with a little beer haiku:

Even on cold days
The ups driver can
Bring warmth to my heart

A few people asked about the brew plan, but it doesn’t fit in Twitter.  I thought I would post it here for fun.

Good Night In Mexico

(From TCJOH, page 179)

7lbs Dark DME

1lb Rice

1lb Light Crystal Malt

¼ lb Barley

1 ¼ oz Spalt

1oz Saaz

1oz Hallertaur

German Lager Yeast



(from BCS, page 151)

7lbs Pale Ale DME

¾ lb Special Roast

½ lb Victory

½ lb Crystal

¼ lb Pale Chocolate

2oz Williamette



Leaden Lager

(Hellbranch Recipe)

7 lbs ultralight DME

3oz saaz

Saflager S-23


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Seeking name for new Rye/Wheat blend

by Bill Sempf 17. June 2009 00:13

I decided that I wanted a simple Rye/Wheat blend for the end of summer, so I constructed this fairly simple recipe.  I think I might have underhopped it, especially considering the Rye character which at first take seems to demans a little more upfront bitterness.  We will have to see though - I put it down in primary on Sunday.

I'm also looking for a name for it - apparently they were all of of Creativity at the homebrew shop.  Thoughts?


American Wheat or Rye Beer


Type: Extract

Date: 6/17/2009

Batch Size: 5.00 gal

Brewer: Bill sempf
Boil Size: 3.25 gal Asst Brewer: Gabrielle sempf
Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Brew Pot (4 Gallon)
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0 Brewhouse Efficiency: -
Taste Notes:


Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.00 lb Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 87.50 %
1.00 lb Rye, Flaked (2.0 SRM) Grain 12.50 %
1.00 oz Mt. Hood [5.30 %] (60 min) Hops 12.1 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [2.50 %] (15 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
0.75 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 min) Misc  
1 Pkgs American Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP320) Yeast-Wheat  


Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.062 SG

Measured Original Gravity: 1.580 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.016 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.160 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.99 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 62.65 %
Bitterness: 12.1 IBU Calories: 7,560 cal/pint
Est Color: 8.0 SRM Color:


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