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All Grain Brüt IPA Recipe And Tasting

The newest of new IPA styles, at least at this point in time, is the Brüt IPA. Brewed with added enzymes that makes the wort extremely fermentable so that it finishes dry, this beer presents a new challenge for home brewers of all experience levels. My first attempt using an extract recipe resulted in a ‘just ok’ beer. This time around, I brewed the all grain version of the recipe and had better results. Learn what we learned this time around and how this Brüt IPA stacked up.

Another Northern Brewer Kit

If you want the full recipe, you can go to the Northern Brewer site and look for their DryIPA kit. The grain bill is a 90/10 split of American 2-row malt and Vienna malt. The small addition of Vienna is interesting to me since it may darken the color of the beer.

The hops are all late addition and feature a pairing of Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc. The kit comes with 3 ounces of each hop (6 ounces total) but I bought additional packs (2 ounces each) from Yakima Valley hops to amp up the hop flavor.

The mash I held at 149° F for 2 hours and added both additional enzymes to it. Even though other professional brewers were experimenting with that procedure, Mike said that was probably a bad move. Amyloglucosidase likes to work at cooler temperatures so my mash addition didn’t work as it should have.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: This beer has a light yellow color, probably lighter to the eye because of the haziness. White head that lingers.

Aroma: This is where it really sings. The white grape aroma was very nice and inviting.

Flavor: Pleasant hoppiness throughout – no issue with diacetyl at all. The aftertaste was dry but not extremely dry. The fermentation could have been a little stronger,

Mouthfeel: Medium light to medium. It wasn’t too thin.

Overall Impression: Even with the additional hops added to the keg, the beer isn’t hoppy enough to carry the IPA moniker. The IPAs I am used to brewing for five gallon batches use a pound of hops and this used just over a half pound. I can say my second attempt was better than my first but I am not sure I would execute a third attempt unless I can find these enzymes for sale on their own in other home brew stores.

Brew ON!

Watch Out Stout Recipe And Tasting Notes

At the end of 2018, Mike took inventory of his odds and ends grain collection that he had and decided to make an Imperial stout. All of the ingredients, including the different base malts, were left over from other brews. A “Kitchen Sink” beer for sure, this stout has everything. Check out the recipe below and the video of our tasting of this Watch Out Stout!

Watch Out Stout Recipe

OK, let’s try to wrap our heads around this one.


Boil Size: 8.00 gallons
Post Boil Volume: 6.5 gallons
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.5 gallons
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


Grains (and honey):

5 lbs 14.0 oz of US 2 Row Pale Malt (2.0 SRM) – 18.0% of grain bill
4 lbs 11.0 oz of Rahr White Wheat Malt (3.2 SRM) – 14.4% of grain bill
3 lbs 10.0 oz of Unknown Pale Malt (~2.0 SRM) – 11.1 % of grain bill
3 lbs 2.0 oz of Briess Brewers Malt (1.8 SRM)- 9.6% of grain bill
2 lbs 9.6 oz of Rahr Pale Ale Malt (3.5 SRM) – 8.0% of grain bill
2 lbs 1.2 oz of Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) – 6.4% of grain bill
1 lbs 9.0 oz of 80°L Crystal Malt (80.0 SRM) – 4.8% of grain bill
1 lbs of Flaked Barley (1.7 SRM) – 3.1% of grain bill
1 lbs of 60°L Crystal Malt (600 SRM) – 3.1 % of grain bill
1 lbs of Briess Yellow Flaked Maize (1.3 SRM)- 3.1% of grain bill
13.0 oz of Roasted Barley (300 SRM) – 2.5% of grain bill
10.2 oz of Blackprinz Malt (500 SRM) – 2.0% of grain bill
6.4 oz of Crisp Brown Malt (65 SRM) – 1.2 % of grain bill
6.2 oz of Briess Chocolate (350 SRM) – 1.2 % of grain bill
5.0 oz of Melanoiden Malt (20 SRM) – 1.0% of grain bill
4.3 oz of Black Patent Malt (500 SRM) – 0.8 % of grain bill
4.3 oz of Crisp Pale Chocolate (220 SRM) – 0.8% of grain bill
3 lbs of Honey (1.0 SRM) – 9.2% of grain bill

Hops (and Chocolate):

3 oz (85.05 g) of Warrior hops (15.00 AA%) – Boiled for 60 mins. 90.8 IBUs
2 oz (56.70 g) of Willamette hops (5.50 AA%) – Boiled for 20 mins. – 13.4 IBUs
6.00 oz of Chocolate (Boiled for 5 mins.)


1 packet of SafAle English Ale dry yeast (DCL/Fermentis #S-04)
1 packet of Safale American Ale dry yeast (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)


Bottling Volume: 6.5 gallons
Estimated OG: 1.128 SG
Estimated Color: 52.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 104.3 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 68.00 %
Estimated Mash Efficiency: 68.0 %

Watch Out Stout Tasting Notes

Here’s what we thought of the stout, even though it should get even better over the next few years.

Appearance: Black, opaque body with a tan head.

Aroma: Big roasty note on the nose.

Flavor: It was pretty reminiscent of Old Rasputin. The beer had a big dark malt note. The flavor wasn’t too overly complex, which was a good thing. Sometimes these types of beers can get really “muddy” where there is too much going on to pick out specific flavors. Mike found it to have some earthy hop notes and in the aftertaste, there was a small sherry note which may become more pronounced as the beer ages.

Mouthfeel: This beer wasn’t too full but it wasn’t thin either. It definitely had a medium body.

Overall Impression: A tasty beer with a sneaky high ABV. There wasn’t any sweetness that other beers that have over 1.100 starting gravity have. This beer was very drinkable and it will be fun to try over the years as it ages.


2019 Preview – Three Big Ideas We Have For The Next Few Months

The end of 2018 is closing in and we are in the mood to wrap things up. As we sit around and taste one of Mike’s stouts, we discuss some of the upcoming video posts we have in mind. Watch this video as we present our 2019 preview and the three big ideas we’re working to bring to you in the next few months.

What Are We Gonna Put Together For You

So the three big ideas are:

Mike’s 20th Anniversary of Home Brewing
This dude has been brewing since 1998. He got his first kit as a gift and brewed up a batch of American Amber Ale. To commemorate this wondrous occasion, we are going put together a back to basics video with some tips on how to brew your first extract kit at home. Maybe Mike can pass on his wisdom of how he would brew his first batch differently, knowing what he knows today.

Brewing The Same Beer The Same Way
We have done community brews before but always under the theme of giving freedom to the brewer. The recipe is to be used as a guide but modifications can be made. We got a suggestion from one of our viewer to do the opposite. In my brewing experience, I typically have a plan but deviations from it always happen – either intentionally or unintentionally. With this idea, we would plan and focus to brew the exact same beer. There will be more planning put towards it but ultimately we would be challenged to remove as many variables as possible to see if we can brew the same beer.

More Brut IPA tips
I brewed an all grain version of Northern Brewer’s Brut IPA that was a big improvement to the extract version I brewed earlier in the year. BYO magazine had a good article about the process and I tried a few different things to brew a better beer. We’ll taste it and talk about what I did and try to compare it to what I did last time.

Thanks For Your Support

Sometimes I wonder why we do what we do. We have a passion for it and feel like we have some things to share. It all makes sense when we see comments that state appreciation and provide thoughts of what to do next.

After 11+ years of blogging and posting weekly videos for 5 years, we want to thank you for your attention and time. You could be doing other things but we appreciate you reading this post and watching our little show.

Thanks and BREW ON!

2018 Community Brew Brown Ale Wrap Up

The 2018 Brew Dudes Community Brew lives on and on. As more beer arrived at our doorstep, we felt that we should bring them to the studio and drink them. This post showcases three different versions of the same style and we tasted them side by side to chat about their differences. In this video, we show off these beers and put together a wrap up for the community brew.

Three Brown Ales From Three Different Brewers

Thankfully, typing is better for keeping beers separate in your head. Sometimes I get tripped up talking about them. Here’s the breakdown of the three beers:

Steve From Texas:
The main modifications he used in his British Brown ale was his use of Glacier hops, the variety of Special Roast malt (the 340° L kind) and his yeast strain which was Mangrove Jack’s M36 Liberty Bell Ale Yeast. This beer had a nice toffee note to it with light bready quality. It didn’t have as much toast as the other versions we tasted.

Stephen From Rhode Island:
His beer was brewed pretty close to our recipe. He used a 350°L chocolate malt and he used Danstar London ESB dry yeast. Mike could taste the American chocolate malt. It was more milk chocolate in its flavor. It was a pleasant beer with a nice mouthfeel with fruity esters from the yeast.

Kenny From West Virginia:
He made a number of changes to the recipe. His base malt was Golden Promise malt. His caramel malt was Crystal 40°L. His Chocolate malt was 350°L and instead of using Special roast, he used a combination of Victory and Biscuit malt. For the hops, he used Hallertaur and the yeast was Safale-04. We felt that the Golden Promise and the Victory/Biscuit made it less toasty than the other brown ales but the beer was extremely drinkable.

The color of all three were pretty much the same. We found that to be a nice quality and a connecting thread to three very different beers.


Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Review

Mike has had these stainless steel bucket fermentors for a few months now. They have been sitting in the background of videos as eye candy. Viewers of our YouTube channel left comments and asked if we could review them. Since they do more than just sit and look pretty, here is Mike’s Ss Brew Tech Brew Bucket Review!

Ss Brew Bucket Features

The first feature of the Brew Bucket is that it is made of stainless steel but has the same shape and form of a plastic brew bucket fermentor. As you probably know, there are many benefits to stainless steel over plastic.

  • It is more durable
  • Easier to clean and sanitize
  • Is less permeable to air

The second big feature is that the bottom is cone shaped. Other buckets have a flat bottom. The benefits of the cone is that all the trub and yeast settles down into it so you are left with less into the vessel you transfer the beer into (keg, bottle, another fermentor, etc.)

The next feature is the racking arm inside the bucket. From the outside, you can turn a value that moves the racking arm from pointing to the bottom of the bucket to the side. Therefore, you get less sediment in the transfer and you don’t have to open the bucket to do it.

Attached to the racking arm is a barb that sits on the outside of it. It makes for easy transfers. Mike doesn’t have to mess with auto siphons anymore. All he does now is cleans and sanitizes 3/8th of an inch tubing, which fits right onto the barb, opens up the valve, and the beer starts flowing.

Another feature is the bucket top. It seals firmly using easy catch latches. The top clamps down and you get that satisfying feeling that the seal is good.

The top has an opening for a standard rubber stopper and airlock so there is no need to buy a special one.

For easy movement, there are handles welded to the sides of the bucket. No longer do you need to navigate your airlock with a handle that goes over your bucket’s top. It’s nice to no longer have to worry about that.

Lastly, the bucket is made so that you can stack other Ss Brew Buckets on top of them. It’s a great space saver if you have multiple brews going on at once.

Final Thoughts

The bucket that Mike has is the 7 gallon bucket. For his batch size (6 US gallons in the fermentor), he has never had any issues with blow off. The size is good for him.

With all these great benefits and features, the one not so great aspect to the bucket is the price tag.

Compared to other buckets, they are expensive. They retail for around $200. Mike saved up to buy his because he wanted to make that investment. His goal is to get his brewing process to have as much stainless steel as possible and he feels he has made a good decision with the Ss Brew Buckets.

If you make the purchase, tell Brewtech that these Brew Dudes sent ya.


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