Local homebrewer Paul McGrew swings by with FIVE of his beers to share with Blake and Justin. Paul answers questions from Facebook and goes into great detail about the different beers he brought along. Listen in as the drinks are flowing from this STL Hops homebrew club member.
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Name: Paul McGrew
Years Brewing: 6
Homebrew Club: STL Hops Homebrew Club
Medal Count: 12 (7 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze)
Brewing System Details: I have a flexible system. I mostly brew 5 gallon batches using a direct fire RIMS setup. My mash tun is a 15 gallon Blichmann Boilermaker with a Tower of Power gas controller. The boil kettle is a 10 gallon Blichmann Boilermaker. I also have a 13 gallon Coleman Extreme cooler mash tun that I used before I purchased the 15 gallon Blichmann. I can use that as a mash tun and the 15 gallon kettle as a boil kettle for 10 gallon batches.
Piece of brewing equipment I can't live without: Even though I have a lot of somewhat expensive toys on the boil side, a great beer is made on the fermentation side. I'm going to go with temp controlled fermentation. I have a BrewPi setup that precisely controls the temperature of the fermenting beer with a RaspberryPi/Arduino interface. It sounds fancy, but it was surprisingly easy to build and really not much more expensive than a good dual stage temperature controller.
My friends' favorite beer I brew: I'm going to say my Founder's Breakfast Stout inspired beer that I dubbed BILFest Stout. I originally made this for a tasting group my friends and I had back in the day called BILF (Bacon Is Life Federation). I've made it 4 or 5 times and it always turns out great. I'll give a special thanks to my friend Lindsay who provided me with coffee that she roasted at home for a few of those.
My favorite beer I brew: Rainwater Red. It's a red IPA that got its name because it rained the first time I brewed it. I had to quickly move my kettle under the small awning on my deck, but a little bit of rainwater did get into the kettle. That was also the highest scoring beer I've ever entered into a competition.
Paul's Homebrew Recipe
Est OG - 1.069 | Est FG - 1.014 | IBU - 75 | ABV - 7.3%
|3 lbs, 5 oz||Munich||Grain|
|4.0 oz||Crystal 120||Grain|
|4.0 oz||Special B||Grain|
|2.0 oz||Roasted Barley||Grain|
|0.75 oz||Amarillo Hops - First Wort||Hops|
|1.0 oz||Magnum Hops @ Boil 60 min||Hops|
|1.25 oz||Amarillo Hops @ Boil 10 min||Hops|
|2.0 oz||Amarillo Hops @ Whirlpool 15 min||Hops|
|1 pkgs||American Ale Yeast (WY1056, WL001, US-05)||Yeast|
|3.0 oz||Amarillo Hops @ Dry Hop||Hops|
Mash at 152. Chill wort to 180 before adding whirlpool hops. Continue chilling after 15 minute whirlpool. If you don't have a whirlpool arm, stirring with a sanitized spoon every minute will work. Chill wort to 65, pitch yeast and hold ferment at 68, raising to 72 after 5 days.
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