November 15 Brewday: Weizenbock

The Christmas brewed two weeks ago was still plugging along, I did have an empty fermentor ready.  It’s a travesty to have empty fermentors…

What to make?  It’s getting cold.  It’s darker earlier.  My palate has been favoring malty beers with a little more alcohol.  Plus I already have several IPA’s on tap so I didn’t need to do another one.  Let’s do something different, a Weizenbock.  Weizenbocks blend the banana and clove from their Hefeweizan lineage (Hefeweizen=wheat beer), but with the dark malt background of it’s wheat-derived mother, the Dunkelweizan, along with it’s father, the Bock, which is a strong lager coming in at 6-7% ABV.

With a Weizenbock, you have a whole mess of interesting flavors coming together from it’s complex background.  I can’t wait for this to be done!

I put the word out to the regulars but since this was a spur-of-the-moment brewday, and only a half-day, I figured it would be only me and Jesse.  We started brewing around 9am.

Jesse beginning the grinding of the grains.  This one was a little tough with all the crystal malts.  I need to get a tension adjustment pulley.
Jesse beginning the grinding of the grains. This one was a little tough with all of the crystal malts. I need to get a tension adjustment pulley.
Filing up the mill.
Filing up the mill.
The crushed grains.  We want to make sure there are no whole grains and little 'flour'.
The crushed grains. We want to make sure there are no whole grains and little ‘flour’.
Mash in!
Mash in!
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New toy.
New toy to measure sugar content.
"Yeah...that looks to be about right..."
Jesse: “Yeah…that looks to be about right…”
"Are you sure?  I think we can get more beer out of this!"
Daniel: “Are you sure?  I think we can get more beer out of this!”
Sparging....running hot, fresh water through the grains to extract the sugar....it's just like making coffee.
Sparging….running hot, fresh water through the grains to extract the sugar….it’s just like making coffee.
John tweak'n the sparge.
John tweak’n the sparge.
Jesse trying not to lose any of the 'wort' (potential beer) during transfer.
Jesse trying not to lose any of the ‘wort’ (potential beer) during transfer.
Ross and Ryan...sampling the Xmas made two weeks ago from the fermentor...did they guess the secret ingredient?  An ingredient that no Xmas has (that I'm aware of) but is a part of most Christmas songs and celebrations.  HINT:  you can definitely taste it with flatter beer.
Ross and Ryan…sampling the Xmas made two weeks ago from the fermentor…did they guess the secret ingredient? An ingredient that no Xmas has (that I’m aware of) but is a part of most Christmas songs and celebrations. HINT: you can definitely taste it with flatter beer.
Daniel taking the final measurements.  "Yeah guys, it looks to me like we have beer..."
Daniel taking the final measurements. “Yeah guys, it looks to me like we do indeed have beer…”
The wives.  Carole was doing some shandy experimentation with the session IPA.  Rebecca, Jesse's soon-to-be, giving her no-holds-barred assessment on the state of taste.
The wives. Carole was doing some shandy experimentation with the session IPA. Rebecca, Jesse’s soon-to-be, giving her no-holds-barred assessment on the state of taste.

It was a great brew day devoid of any huge faux pas.  Thanks to all that came out and helped blow four kegs.

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