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    MontanoBrew

    Join Date: 12/17/20
    Location: Castle Pines, Colorado
    My Brewing:

    I began homebrewing in January of 1996. My first experience with homebrewed beer was in 1969. It had been fermented using bread yeast. It was awful. I swore I would never let another homebrewed beer touch my lips. Then at Christmas in 1995 my brother-in-law brought over a beer he had homebrewed using an extract kit. I really didn’t want to taste it, but decided I would take a small sip, and then discreetly find a place to pour out the rest of the glass. To my total surprise, the homebrew was excellent! It turned out to be my brother-in-law’s first and last homebrew (too much work). But it started my homebrewing journey that 28 years later has resulted in over 480 batches - 450 all-grain.

    I brew with an outdoor 10 gallon stainless steel all-grain system. See my profile image. 15 gal Hot Liquor Tank, 16 gallon SS insulated mash tun, 25 gallon SS boiler and 2 Blichmann SS low pressure 72K BTU burners. My brewing storage cabinet/brewing platform is from Home Depot. I built the table that the boiler sits on and a step-up base for the HLT. The storage cabinet remains outdoors with the burners, HLT, and HLT table stored inside. Note the stairs that run up next to the brewing platform. No ladders! In 2023 I added a Steelhead pump to recirculate my mash and then to transfer from mash tun to boiler. I use both a SS immersion chiller and copper counterflow chiller. After the boil, I hook up the chillers, and pump the cooled wort back up through a whirlpool port on the side of the boiler. After 10-20 minutes of whirlpool/recirculation the wort is down to 50-70F and I collect in plastic fermenters.

    I do a variety of step infusion (using hot water step-ups) and decoction mashes. For sour beers I frequently use a kettle souring routine. I have a chest freezer with a Johnson Controls temperature controller to ferment lager style beers. I use a 50 gal plastic cooler with a heating pad in the bottom to warm ferment sour beers. I barrel-age most sour beers in a medium toasted 10 gallon oak barrel that was originally used to ferment rye whiskey. I serve using Cornelius kegs and a 3 tap Kegland kegerator.

    My Beers:

    My favorite styles include Bohemian Lagers, Bavarian Helles/Pilsners, Maerzen/Vienna/Oktoberfest, Dunkels, Steam Beer, German Altbier and Kolsch ales, English bitters and IPAs, Scottish Ales and free-style American ales featuring my home grown hops. I have in recent years been experimenting with Belgian and sour ales.

    I prefer whole hops. I rarely use high alpha hops (over 10% Alpha Acid). My favorite bittering hops are Perle, Northern Brewer, and Nugget. My favorite First Wort/flavor/aroma hops are Mittlefruh, Saaz, Hallertau, Tettnanger, and Spalt for lagers and German ales. For English and American Ales I like Goldings, Fuggles, Williamette, Brewer’s Gold and Cascades. I home grow Nugget, Sterling, Willamette, Mt. Hood and Crystal hops. Other hops are mostly purchased from Puterbaugh Farms (Hops Direct) in Mabton, Washington.

    My favorite base malts are German/Bohemian Pils, Belgian Pils, Maris Otter, Vienna, Munich, and plain old American/Canadian 2-row. I like Melanoidin, Aromatic, and Honey malt to richen the flavors. My favorite crystal malts are Caravienne, Caramunich, Carafoam, British crystals up to about 60L, and Special B. I use carafa or chocolate malts for dark beers. I often add Carafoam/CaraPils, Naked Oats, flaked oats, wheat, or barley for more body/foam.

    Until recent years, I brewed exclusively with liquid yeasts, but now have found some excellent dry yeasts and use them a lot.

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    4 Brewing Contributions for "2024"

    Includes Recipes, Brew Sessions, Inventory, Brew Logs and Tank Logs

    Shared Recipes
      Title Style Size ABV IBU Color Views Brewed
    beer recipe photo Kettle Soured Barrel Aged Rye Ale 21 Wood-Aged Beer 11 gal 6.8% 14.58
    707 0
    beer recipe photo Kettle Soured Rye Ale 22 Wood-Aged Beer 11 gal 5.79% 16.79
    561 0
    beer recipe photo Hochkurz Decoction Festbier 21 Festbier 11 gal 6.16% 17.86
    527 0
    beer recipe photo Tmave Pivo Dark Czech Lager 22 Czech Dark Lager 11 gal 4.66% 11.24
    520 0
    beer recipe photo Scottish Gold Ale 22 Scottish Export 11.25 gal 4.48% 25.67
    504 0
    beer recipe photo Christmas Barrel Sour Brown Ale 21 Mixed-Style Beer 11 gal 5.81% 13.95
    495 0
    beer recipe photo Heavenly Helles SMaSH 22&23 Munich Helles 10.5 gal 5.73% 15.54
    402 0
    beer recipe photo Quick Pale Sour 21 Gueuze 11 gal 5.99% 40.27
    402 0
    beer recipe photo Easy Gose't 21 Gose 11 gal 5.66% 15.24
    397 0
    beer recipe photo American Pale Ale 21 Blonde Ale 11 gal 5.24% 54.95
    390 0
    beer recipe photo Tart Apple Cider Other Specialty Cider or Perry 3 gal 5.18% 0
    376 0
    beer recipe photo Steve's Altbier 23 Altbier 11.5 gal 4.6% 24.55
    351 0
    beer recipe photo Kettle Soured Ale 21 Straight (Unblended) Lambic 11 gal 5.52% 46.27
    350 0
    beer recipe photo Flanders Red 22 Flanders Red Ale 11 gal 5.71% 14.04
    349 0
    beer recipe photo Pure Vienna 21 Vienna Lager 11.25 gal 6.97% 16.18
    342 0
    brewer logo Roggenbier 22 Roggenbier (German Rye Beer) 11 gal 5.34% 16.29
    314 0
    beer recipe photo Czech Pils 21 Czech Premium Pale Lager 11 gal 5.67% 25.15
    297 0
    beer recipe photo Philly Sour Rye Ale 21 Straight (Unblended) Lambic 11 gal 5.31% 32.53
    292 0
    beer recipe photo Lord Garrett's Best Bitter 23 Best Bitter 12 gal 4.04% 40.01
    285 0
    beer recipe photo Montano Altbier 21 Altbier 10.5 gal 4.98% 38.06
    274 0
    beer recipe photo London Brown Ale 22 British Brown Ale 11.5 gal 4.24% 27.81
    268 0
    beer recipe photo ESB 21 Strong Bitter 10.5 gal 4.7% 61.34
    268 0
    beer recipe photo Amber Waves of Grain Lager 23 Märzen 12 gal 5.11% 23.08
    266 0
    beer recipe photo Montano Hopped Pale Ale 22 American Pale Ale 11 gal 5.16% 69.81
    261 0
    beer recipe photo Polotmavé Pivo 23 (Czech Amber Lager) Czech Amber Lager 11.1 gal 5.58% 31.24
    252 0
    beer recipe photo American Classic Pils 21 Pre-Prohibition Lager 11 gal 5.51% 26.54
    251 0
    beer recipe photo So Sue Me Steam Beer 21 California Common 11 gal 5.03% 38.87
    248 0
    beer recipe photo Kolsch 21 Kölsch 11 gal 5.29% 20.16
    243 0
    beer recipe photo Montano Maerzen 21 Märzen 11 gal 6.15% 19.73
    240 0
    beer recipe photo Kolsch 23 Kölsch 11 gal 5.2% 20.37
    226 0
    beer recipe photo Oide Wiesn Festbier 22 Märzen 11 gal 5.8% 17.01
    217 0
    beer recipe photo East Coast Ale 22 American Amber Ale 11 gal 4.94% 39.72
    211 0
    beer recipe photo Montano Sticke Altbier 22 Altbier 11 gal 4.82% 49.39
    199 0
    beer recipe photo Dunkelweizen 22 Dunkles Weissbier 11 gal 5.46% 26.95
    192 0
    brewer logo Dunkelweizen 22gs Dunkles Weissbier 11 gal 5.07% 11.36
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    beer recipe photo Montano Steam Beer 22 California Common 11 gal 5.32% 43.9
    149 0
    beer recipe photo Montano Festbier 23 Festbier 11.25 gal 5.82% 21.61
    138 0
    brewer logo Montano Homegrown Hop Harvest Ale 23 American Amber Ale 12 gal 5.18% 64.44
    108 0
    beer recipe photo East Coast Ale 24 American Amber Ale 11.2 gal 5.06% 42.1
    99 0
    beer recipe photo Colorado Amber Waves Lager 24 Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier 12 gal 5.05% 31.77
    88 0
    brewer logo Czech Pils 23 Czech Pale Lager 11 gal 5.08% 33.89
    73 0
    beer recipe photo Czech Pils Decoction Mash 23 Czech Pale Lager 9.6 gal 5.97% 38.54
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    beer recipe photo Lord Garrett's ESB 24 Strong Bitter 11.5 gal 4.59% 31.17
    62 0
    beer recipe photo Honey Lager 24 Märzen 11.25 gal 4.99% 22.46
    60 0
    beer recipe photo Scottish Ale 23 Scottish Export 10.75 gal 4.67% 25.83
    40 0
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