Brewing With Total Confidence
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Discussion in 'Recipes for Feedback' started by Sluggo, Oct 14, 2012.
Saturday brew day: First wort hops...
I work for an online sign printer, and a couple of years ago we printed JB and Lady Caca—er, I mean Lady Gaga lifesize standups for a company party... I had them print an extra one to bring home to my (then) 5-year-old daughter who, to this day, claims she hates JB but "likes his songs..." Yeah, okay, I can live with that... Anyway, JB lives in the garage until one of my daughter's friends is over for a play date and he gets to come in the house for a dance.
Now, back to the important stuff... :twisted:
Hopefully they grow out of it soon!! If your daughter likes JB, we'll that's very sweet of you as a dad, and I'd probably do the same. Cheers!
Saturday brewday: The boil begins! http://youtu.be/BicONGMappc
Saturday brewday: The whirring of the Venturi tube... http://youtu.be/Ef0Ls4H4ufU
Saturday brewday: Yeast monster meets its match...
Saturday brewday: Target OG: 1.073 ... Not bad, I'd say!
Saturday brew day: I thought I would use this styrofoam box as a fermentation chamber since the 6.5 gallon carboy in a milk crate fits perfectly leaving room for the lid... When I came out to check on it in the morning, it was holding at about 63º F, and showed no signs of activity, so I moved it inside the house to warm it up a bit... After about 6 hours and rising to between 68–70º, it took off!
Excellent! That's a huge blow off tube. I've noticed with dark beers there is always more blow off.
It surely is a thing of beauty. I like the venturi system you have there, i assume this is aerating the wort into the fermenter.....? was this a DIY gadget or something new?
Keep it coming, great stuff
The venturi is simply two pieces of 3/8" ID siphon hose and a piece of 3/8" OD poly tubing about 6" long inserted between with three paper clip-sized holes to draw air in. I tried it on a whim after reading the thread about the trick on HBT (linked on the YouTube page), and I'm sold. Beats the crap out of shaking a full glass carboy to aerate wort. There are a lot of different configurations, but the simple approach I've used worked really well.
So it's Friday morning, and this monster is STILL burping CO2 at a rate of a belch every 4 seconds... :twisted:
Thats gonna be some fine beer, i hope it finishes up well!
Still pooting after nearly a week. http://youtu.be/1GtZsM_ZzVE
I was going to wait a couple more days to take a reading, but the regular bubbling you saw from earlier had me curious... 1.034 at one week? My target is 1.017... Am I gonna get there, I wonder?
Its still bubbling so that's good.
I made a milk stout once, only to find out that lactose gives me gas.. ....I gave most of that batch away. Just remember to warn everyone who samples your brew that it has lactose in it. There are alot of lactose intolorant folks that it would really mess up.
i think it's mainly barley that give me the extra "seat of the pants Kick", i've never been a big milk drinker but i do enjoy a good Chocolate Milk Stout from time to time
We need an update Sluggo...
Ask and ye shall receive...
I'm calling it 1.026. That puts me in the neighborhood of 6.45% ABV, so I'm a bit more happy with that. The sample tastes and smells great, BTW. Still, I'm waiting until next weekend to put it in secondary. If it drops anymore before then, it'll be a bonus.
And don't flame me over secondaries! I think it helps to clear and cleanup much more. A couple of people who had my last batch went on about how clear and "fully pourable" it was from the bottle. I figger if it ain't broken, don't fix it. :mrgreen:
So what do you'all think? My target FG was 1.017... Make a bigger starter next time, maybe? This was also my first time using lactose—could it have maybe negatively affected fermentation? Not that I've ever heard it would, but as it's a new thing for me, I thought it might be worthy of the question.