I had a slight mishap with a bag of Simcoe hops getting wet in the freezer so rather than waste the entire bag I decided to make a simple beer with the survivors.
This brew is based on the excellent 1-gallon brew video tutorial by Norther Brewer. Of course I used entirely different ingredients, but I used their process. One thing that I can say for sure is that there is no right way to make 1 gallon beer batches. You can mix and match ingredients, change up the boil times and still come up with a pretty good beer. Experiment and have fun. That’s the beauty of 1 gallon beer brewing.
Unlike my previous 1 gallon beer brews there are no herbs, spices or fruit added to this one. Since it was an emergency situation to save the hops, I played it safe with basic ingredients that I had on hand.
As I have done before, I crushed the specialty grains by hand using a mortar and pestle. This is always a very satisfying process. It never hurts to release your inner cave woman once in awhile.
I used the “brew in a bag” technique for the specialty grains as shown on the video. After I crushed the grains I poured them into a small boiling bag. I don’t even remember buying this because I usually use cheesecloth from the 99 cent store. The bag worked really well.
Here’s the recipe.
4 oz. 2 Row crushed
2 ox. Munich Malt crushed
1 lb. Briess Sparkling Amber DME
3.5g Simcoe hops at start of 45 minute boil
3.5g Simcoe hops at 20 minutes left in boil
7.5g Simcoe Hops at 5 minutes left in boil
7.5g Simcoe hops at end of boil
About 1/3 packet of Safale 04 yeast
Add the grains to the boiling bag and insert it into stock pot with 5 quarts of water.
Let the water come up to a boil and continue boiling for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat and remove the bag.
While the heat is off, add the DME. Stir until dissolved.
Turn heat back on and add 3.5 grams Simcoe hops.
Start kitchen timer for 45 minute boil.
At 20 minutes left in the boil add 3.5 grams Simcoe hops.
At 5 minutes left in the boil, add 7.5 grams Simcoe hops.
At end of boil, add 7.5grams Simcoe hops.
I have a feeling this one is a safe bet, but now I feel the need to head out to the local chaparral and forage for mugwort to get back to my mad scientist ways. See you in a few weeks.