My Brews  
             
I started homebrewing beer February 2008. Here's the list of brews I have done with bottling dates correlating to dates on the bottlecap (I keep forgetting which brew is which, now here's a handy reference! =) ). All are only subjected to primary fermentation unless otherwise stated. BB = Brewer's Best kit, MDHB = Maryland Homebrew recipe. Wait at least one month from the bottling date before cracking it open to enjoy, three months for peak quality.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc = primary, secondary, etc fermentations in steel Cornelius keg or glass carboys
 
             
      Specific gravities      
Brew # Date brewed Date bottled Name OG FG ABV [%] Notes  
1 2/17/2008 2/25/2008 BB: IPA 1.046 1.016 3.9 One burner just will not boil the big pot, need two burners  
2 2/24/2008 3/6/2008 BB: Dortmunder 1.056 1.018 5.0 Airlock vodka went into brew, oh darn, more alcohol in the beer  
3 3/2/2008 3/14/2008 MDHB: Half-Bass Ale     I was so careful about measuring the sugar, but forgot the gravities  
4 3/9/2008 3/23/2008 MDHB: IPA 1.056 1.020 4.7 IPAs are awesome, lots of hops and lots of malt hide a multitude of beginning sins  
5 3/16/2008 3/25/2008 BB: Robust Porter 1.045 1.015 3.9  
6 3/23/2008 4/1/2008 BB: Continental Pilsner 1.041 1.011 3.9  
7 3/30/2008 4/9/2008 BB: Robust Porter 1.048 1.012 4.7  
8 5/13/2008 5/19/2008 BB: Continental Pilsner, unfiltered ("Hefepilsner") 1.042 1.013 3.8  
9 5/24/2008 6/2/2008 BB: Kölsch 1.042 1.016 3.4 Sanitized with iodine instead of bleach and capping bottles with aluminium foil  
10 6/6/2008 6/17/2008 BB: Ivan's Belgian Tripel 1.072 1.027 5.9  
11 7/2/2008 7/9/2008 BB: Witbier   1.014    
12 9/28/2008 10/6/2008 BB: IPA 1.050 1.020 3.9 Learned to clean bottles sooner rather than later, and not store them in the garage  
13 10/10/2008 10/15/2008 BB: Red Ale 1.039 1.016 3.0  
  10/10/2008 10/28/2008 BB: Red Ale, secondary fermentation 1.039 1.016 3.0 1 gallon  
14 11/6/2008 11/17/2008 MDHB: Oktoberfest ("Novemberfest") 1.066 1.022 5.8  
15 11/24/2008 12/1/2008 BB: Hop Nog 2008 1.054 1.014 5.3 Why a commemorative bottle with the pack? Why not a pint glass?  
16 12/22/2008 12/29/2009 BB: Continental Pilsner, unfiltered ("Hefepilsner") 1.040 1.013 3.5  
17 1/4/2009 1/11/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.042 1.018 3.2  
18 3/1/2009 3/1/2009 BB: IPA 1.048 1.014 4.5  
19 3/1/2009 3/9/2009 BB: Robust Porter 1.050 1.020 3.9  
20 3/15/2009 3/21/2009 BB: Continental Pilsner 1.038 1.012 3.4 Fermented in bucket with spighot  
21 3/20/2009 3/25/2009 BB: Kölsch ("Heather Beer") 1.043 1.016 3.5 Replaced hops schedule with heather, brewed for Andrew who is allergic to hops  
22 5/3/2009 5/9/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.042 1.014 3.7  
23 5/20/2009 5/27/2009 BB: Witbier 1.035 1.010 3.3  
24 5/31/2009 6/8/2009 BB: IPA 1.050     Will clean stove BEFORE brewing from now on to avoid carbonaceous deposits, I'm lucky Emily loves me  
25 6/8/2009 6/16/2009 BB: Smoked Porter 1.054 1.022 4.2  
26 6/16/2009 6/22/2009 BB: Continental Pilsner, unfiltered ("Hefepilsner") 1.042 1.012 3.9  
27 6/22/2009 6/29/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.045 1.014 4.1 Boiled over. Sooooooo messy.  
28 6/29/2009 7/6/2009 MDHB: Summer Honey White Wit ("Baby Bier") 1.045 1.042 0.4 Brewed for Charlie in honour of him becoming a father. (That FG can't be right)  
29 7/6/2009 7/13/2009 BB: Kölsch ("Heather Beer, Take 2") 1.040 1.014 3.4 This time not dry hopping with heather  
30 8/31/2009 9/7/2009 BB: IPA 1.046 1.016 3.9  
31 9/7/2009 9/14/2009 BB: Red Ale 1.040 1.014 3.4 Brewed Mon, no bubbling through the airlock by Wed, charged with primed packet yeast  
32 9/14/2009 9/21/2009 BB: Rauchbier 1.054 1.012 5.5  
33 9/21/2009 9/28/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.042 1.014 3.7  
34 10/5/2009 10/12/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.043     1 gallon; unfiltered  
  10/5/2009 10/19/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.043     1 gallon; ufiltered, secondary fermentation 1 week  
  10/5/2009 10/26/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.043     1 gallon; ufiltered, secondary fermentation 2 weeks  
  10/5/2009 11/3/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.043     1 gallon; ufiltered, secondary fermentation 3 weeks  
  10/5/2009 11/10/2009 MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.043     1 gallon; ufiltered, secondary fermentation 4 weeks  
35 12/19/2010 12/29/2009 BB: Continental Pilsner ("Hefepilsner") 1.042     4 gallons; unfiltered, primary fermentation  
  12/19/2010 1/7/2010 BB: Continental Pilsner 1.042     1 gallon; unfiltered, secondary fermentation  
36 2/5/2010 2/23/2010 MDHB: Summer Honey White Wit ("Summer Honey Fail") 1.040 1.012 3.7 OPEN OVER A SINK, MOST EXPLODE due to adding the honey during the second fermentation rather than the primary  
37 2/21/2010 3/1/2010 BB: IPA 1.054 1.016 5.0 unfiltered, primary fermentation  
38 3/5/2010 4/13/2010 BB: Black Lager 1.050 1.021 3.8 unfiltered, secondary fermentation; dark grains for taste, but light malt for a lighter body  
39 3/24/2010 4/11/2010 Mystery Pils #1 1.052 1.020 4.2 unfiltered, primary fermentation  
40 4/28/2010 5/8/2010 BB: IPA 1.055 1.015 5.3 unfiltered, primary fermentation  
41 5/20/2010 6/13/2010 Antipodal Mead from Papazian, 3rd edition #1.1 1.096 1.020 10.0 unfiltered, primary fermentation  
  5/20/2010 7/2/2010 Antipodal Mead from Papazian, 3rd edition #1.2 1.096     unfiltered, racked once  
  5/20/2010 still going Antipodal Mead from Papazian, 3rd edition #1.3 1.096     unfiltered, racked twice; looks like amber happy =D  
42 6/21/2010 6/29/2010 BB: Kölsch 1.042 1.010 4.2 unfiltered, primary fermentation  
43 7/21/2010 8/25/2010 BB: Holiday Ale 1.064 1.018 6.0 unfiltered, secondary fermentation for a month  
44 9/30/2010 12/4/2010 Antipodal Mead #2 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.091 1.041 6.6 batch for Anndi's holiday presents =)  
45 11/21/2010 12/13/2010 MDHB: Summer Honey White Wit 1.040 1.012 3.7 secondary fermentation .5 months  
46 12/11/2010 2/21/2011 Mystery Pils #2 1.047 1.008 5.1 secondary fermentation 1.5 months  
47 12/26/2010 3/14/2011 BB: Smoked Porter 1.052 1.016 4.7 Pi beer! And the last smoked porter for awhile, I and others not keen on it (though 6 months mellowed the smokey very nicely)  
48 4/7/2011 7/25/2011 Antipodal Mead #3 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.102 1.030 9.5 Gotta make more of these ….  
49 4/12/2011 5/2/2011 Mystery Pils #3 1.045 1.008 4.9 Thank gosh this one didn't kill the carboy, very active!  
50 4/17/2011 6/7/2011 Bamboo Honey mead for my Seester 1.050 1.026 3.2 That OG can't be right, but it is bubbling that slow …. Geez, that's soooo sweet tasting  
51 4/17/2011 8/25/2012 Antipodal Mead #4 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.104 1.040 8.4 That OG can't be right, but it is bubbling that slow …. Did not boil the honey. Conditioned in steel keg before bottling.  
52 6/4/2011 6/22/2011 MDHB: Summer Honey White Wit 1.048 1.008 5.3 Charlie Marcus, I want to share one of these with you  
53 6/23/2011 8/17/2011 BB: Holiday Ale 1.060 1.017 5.6 Ready just in time for the holidays!  
54 7/25/2011 2nd in keg MDHB: Sir Alec Guiness Stout 1.042 1.009 4.3 Boy I like kegs, impervious to light and smaller footprint makes them easier to store  
55 8/17/2011 3rd in keg Antipodal Mead #5 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.102 1.061 5.4 Looks pretty so far  
56 8/22/2011 2nd in keg BB: IPA 1.054 1.017 4.9 Lesson learned: look at the expiration date BEFORE pitching yeast =P
I drank my mistakes, all gone, nothing to see here, move along
 
57 8/23/2011 11/27/2011 Antipodal Mead #6 from Papazian, 3rd edition - Anndi's Holiday mead! 1.100 1.016 11.0 Finally! I have re-achieved what I did the first time!  
58 9/5/2011 1/7/2012 Antipodal Mead #7 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.072 1.022 6.6 Really? Is that really the OG? I put the same amount of honey in …. Fermentation is crazy too, very light. Put in soda keg, *very* alcoholic, knocked down some pirates =9 (date bottled is the night it was killed in action)  
59 10/29/2011 3rd in keg Antipodal Mead #8 from Papazian, 3rd edition 1.111 1.022 11.7 15lbs/5gal, probably the last time I make this recipe in lieu of the easier just yeast  
60 12/3/2011 8/17/2012 Orange Blossom Mead 1.110 1.038 9.5 10lbs/3gal, just yeast, working well, some still in carboys  
61 12/3/2011 5/6/2012 Orange Blossom Mead 1.172 1.140 4.2 5lbs/1gal, ugh, so sweet, but Dre likes it  
62 3/11/2012 2nd in keg Clover Mead 1.084 1.076 1.1 Like a honey wine cooler  
63 3/18/2012 6/17/2012 Orange Blossom Mead 1.112 1.062 6.6 Wow.  Just wow.  Very dangerous.  Must reproduce.  
64 4/1/2012 4th in keg Desert Mesquite Cherry Melomel 1.110 1.004 13.9 Well, it tastes less like Robitussin now  
65 4/19/2012 ???? Penny's: Desert Mesquite Mead 1.112 1.022 11.8 15lbs/5gal; ayup, mead  
66 4/29/2012 5/6/2012 BB: American Cream Ale 1.050 1.010 5.3 First batch where I stirred air in to kick start aerobic process, works great!  
67 5/6/2012 5/18/2012 BB: Black Lager 1.045 1.015 3.9 Air cooling the wort takes soooooo long  
68 5/12/2012 6/3/2012 MDHB: Summer Honey Wit 1.050 1.010 5.3 Boil over.  I am not allowed to walk away when malt is added before the hops to provide surfaction  
69 6/17/2012 8/1/2012 Island Mist: Wildberry Shiraz 1.030 0.996 4.5 Real wine cooler!  
70 6/24/2012 7/8/2012 BB: Austrailian IPA 1.050 1.011 5.1 IPA but with different hops  
71 7/8/2012 8/18/2012 BB: English Brown Ale 1.042 1.010 4.2 Ayup, beer  
72 8/13/2012 10/28/2012 BB: Milk Stout 1.052 1.024 3.7 Definitely beer for people who don't like hops  
73 9/7/2012 3rd in steel Tupelo Mead 1.096 1.032 8.4 15lbs/5gal, found a piece of Kevin's sink in my chiller hose  
74 10/7/2012 12/2/2012 Killer Bee Mead (honey from Bee Folks) 1.109 1.018 11.9 15lbs/5gal, Liss' mead; it's the killer mead! (hingetop Ikea bottles)  
75 10/23/2012 12/23/2012 Killer Bee Mead (honey from Bee Folks) 1.110 1.020 11.8 15lbs/5gal, Paris' mead; strong!  
76 10/28/2012 12/2/2012 Killer Bee Mead (honey from Bee Folks) 1.060 1.016 5.8 15lbs/5gal, Luz's mead; gravity is really weird compared to the others!  
77 11/3/2012 11/17/2012 White House Honey Ale 1.068 1.019 6.4 Liquid yeast was chunky =P used dry yeast instead  
78 11/17/2012 12/2/2012 Oatmeal Stout 1.052 1.015 4.9 Bottled 2 gal, 3 gal in secondary  
    12/16/2012 Oatmeal Stout 1.052 1.015 4.9 Bottled rest  
79 12/9/2012 2/18/2013 BB: Oktoberfest 1.058 1.024 4.5 2nd, then bottled; Not for general consumption, brewed for BADASS  
80 12/30/2012 2/24/2013 BB: Hoiday Ale 1.070 1.010 7.9 2nd, then bottled; This ABV is sure to warm on cold nights  
81 1/6/2013 1/21/2013 BB: Continental Pilsner 1.046 1.012 4.5 1st, then bottled  
82 1/13/2013 2nd in glass Saffron Mead 1.111 0.999 14.7 pH 4.15, rocket fuel at this point  
83 2/24/2013 2nd in glass BB: Double IPA 1.082 1.017 8.5 2nd in glass, smells so gooood  
84 4/2/2013 1st in bucket BB: Black Ale 1.050   137.8 My first combi beer! Will do 3rd with different hop levels