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Mike Mraz
07/07/09 01:08 AM  
Picked up a Temptation Barrel
I drove up to Russian River Brewing a week ago(2 hour drive) and picked up a used Temptation barrel. Now it is time to brew and fill it...

I talked to Vinnie at NHC this year about used barrels for a sour project. He said that he did have a few that they just emptied a week earlier and that I could have one. When I showed up at the brewery he offered me a Consecration barrel as well as the Temptation barrel. So off I go with two barrels from Russian River. (The Consecration barrel might get filled, I will have a nice yeast pitch for it...)

The brew date is planned for Wednesday and I just milled all 193lbs of grain for it.

Back to the beer, I really like Temptation it might be one of my favorite Russian River beers. I thought of doing a clone but sometimes it is better not mess with perfection. I did not want, "It tastes like Temptation but..." So I decided to do a fruit beer. It will be a big blonde ale 1.064sg with dark sweet cherries added to it. I have used the dark sweet cherries in other beers and have been very happy with how they turned out. Also the store had them on sale for $1.99 per lbs. Now I have 25lbs of cherries in my freezer waiting...

One of the main reasons that I'm doing this barrel so soon is that. My friend Peter Hoey he is the head brewer at Sacramento Brewing. Gave me a pitch of wlp530 for this project. That saved me a bunch of time and money for not having to grow up the yeast for this barrel. I have the grain I have the hops now just need to brew it.

I will keep you updated.

Seanywonton
07/07/09 08:46 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Rad!
mrb
07/07/09 10:28 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Congrats! Please keep us updating with the results!
JeffB
07/07/09 10:53 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Maybe when your all done with the barrel you could chop it up and send out the pieces to everyone in little plastic baggies much as Vinnie did!

Sounds like a great experiment, what do you think you will do with the consecration barrel?

tankdeer
07/07/09 11:24 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Damn I'm jealous.
SteveG
07/07/09 03:00 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
My God, you have a brewing system that can handle 193lbs of grain??
Josh G
07/07/09 04:15 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Two comments:

1. Amazing. I look forward to hearing how it all works out.

2. I'm assuming you are going to do a lot of brewing to fill the barrel. What is your single batch capacity? 1/2b?

petec
07/08/09 06:23 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
The barrel brew sounds good. Early last week I dropped a belgian pale ale into the fermentor with 1.5 lbs of dried cherries (2/3 sweet and 1/3 sour).

These were flash fried and then deglazed with pinot noir and then blended and added 2 days into the primary with WY1214.

Nice work with Vinnys ex-barrels! petec

Mike Mraz
07/09/09 12:52 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Well the brew day is done. I now have 80gals of fermenting beer in my extra bathroom.

I have a B3 2050 that can brew 20gals at a time. I also have the digital hot liquor tank. So I can set the temp on the hot liquor tank and walk away. So before I went to sleep I set the temp to 185f and woke up at 4am with hot water. Pumped it to the mash kettle added a little cold water to get the right temp and first mash was going at 4:10am. One of the things that you can do to shorten the brew day with back to back batches. Is to have a second hot liquor tank (turkey fryer with a 28gal. kettle). I hate sitting around waiting for hot water.

So from start to finish with yeast pitched it was 14hours, and that is with a 60min mash and 90min boils.

#1 mash in 4:10am

#2 mash in 7:30am

#3 mash in 10:25am

#4 mash in 1:55pm

6:30pm have dinner with wife&kids :)

So how to ferment that much beer? Batch #1 is in 4 carboys, #2 in two 15.5 kegs, #3 in the second hot liquor 28gal. kettle, #4 in the main 28gal. hot liquor tank kettle.

Mike T
07/10/09 11:23 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Brewing 40% of the yearly legal homebrew limit in one day... priceless.

Sounds awesome, hopefully the end product will be worth the effort (i'm sure it will).

B-Dub
07/10/09 07:42 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
WOW! That is quite the feat of homebrewing!!!

I hope you have a pallet of bottles and a horde of friends to help bottle.

Keep us informed on the progress.

Joelle
07/14/09 12:07 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Amazing Mike. I'm tired just reading about it!
Al B
07/14/09 01:07 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Mike Mraz is a Mad Man
Brian Richards
07/23/09 10:44 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
That's amazing. After a task like that, I say go ahead and name the beer after yourself.

Nice work

petec
07/24/09 01:40 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Mrazation would be a fair attempt at a name./

petec

Mike Mraz
08/12/09 12:24 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Here is a update on the Barrel:

The beer finished at 1.012 right where I wanted it to. I was thinking a little higher FG will give the bugs a few more sugars to eat.

After fermentation I racked the beer into 4 15gal kegs and 3 5gal kegs. Filled the barrel with the 4 15gal kegs and have the 3 5gal kegs to save and after all the work maybe have a glass or two. Also one 5gal keg is saved for Al's Roseelare Blend.

The beer was put in the barrel on 7/15/09 so I got a chance to taste it on 8/10/09 to see if the bugs did anything yet. Normally I would not touch a beer for the first 3-4 months. But with this Temptation barrel I have a little stainless steel nail in the barrel to easily taste the beer with this sample port(Thanks Vinnie). Well the beer is sick, and I'm happy. It is thick and slimy, did not taste that great but the pedio is working. I didn't know how the pitch of bugs would do with the 60gals or how fast it would work.

I clean the barrel with 180F+ water to help kill any acetobacter that may have got in the barrel. I don't like acetic acid and that is my biggest fear with this barrel. But with the cleaning I most likely kills some other bugs as well. So I added a pitch that had some yeast from Russian River beers, My house yeast, and Al's "bug farm" yeast.

B-Dub
11/19/09 10:45 AM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Mike,

You have inspired me to start a barrel in the garage myself.

How is your project going?

BW

Matt S
11/19/09 12:06 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
I have been trying so hard to find a barrel here in MA but I can not for the life of me find one.
brewinhard
11/19/09 07:33 PM  
Re: Picked up a Temptation Barrel
Man, Mraz makes my little dinky 5 gallon batches of sour brett beers seem like nothing!
 
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