Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Homebrewing Year in Review - Jeff

Following suit with Tom's post, I decided to roll up and summarize my homebrewing experience for 2010 for a post.  This year was the first year that I brewed all my beers all-grain (made the conversion to AG mid-2009) and I graduated from bottling with the purchase of a keg setup (mid-2010).  While my numbers were down from last year (25 batches in 2009), Lug Wrench Brewing turns One year old after the the New Year - another great milestone.
  • Number of Batches Made: 19
    • Number of Beer Batches: 18
    • Number of Cider Batches: 1
  • Number of Gallons Made: 107 gallons
  • Most popular beer style: American Pale Ale (3 batches)
  • First Brew Day of the Year: January 10, 2010 (Irish Red)
  • Last Brew Day of the Year: December 11, 2010 (Ranger IPA Clone)
  • Homebrew Competition Medals Earned: 4 Medals - Gold, South Shore Brewoff (Irish Red); Silver, Dominion Cup (Dunkelweizen); Bronze, Boston Homebrew Comp (Dragon's Milk); Bronze, South Shore Brewoff (American Pale Ale).
  • Average ABV Across Batches: 5.7%
  • Number of 'Cloned' Beers Brewed: 3 (Rouge's Shakespeare Stout, De Struise's Pannepot, New Belgium's Ranger IPA)
  • Favorite Brew: Foreign Export Stout - mainly because we got the chance to collaborate with Mike T. over at The Mad Fermentation for this beer.
  • Least Favorite Brew: Brown Porter - the brew day was fine, but the results were very bland.
  • Approximate amout of grain used: 196.5 lbs
    • Most popular base malt: Pilsner malt (51 lbs)
    • Most popular specialty malt: Munich malt (7.6 lbs)
  • Approximate amount of hops used in 2010: 2.25 lbs
    • Most popular hop: Williamette (12.1 oz)
  • Biggest Equipment Upgrade: Dual gauge CO2 regulator and kegging setup
From both Tom and I, we hope everyone has a wonderful and rewarding New Year.  Look forward to some exciting changes to Lug Wrench in the coming year!



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-Russian Proverb

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