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Discussion in 'General Brewing Discussions' started by Ozarks Mountain Brew, Oct 28, 2017.
Did you get the Digiboil with the mashing kit or just the kettle?
Just the 65l kettle. I'm pretty happy with the tun I have, switching to the Digiboil to eliminate shlepping 8 gallons of wort up and down stairs and help reduce my boil off.
Trying to decide what to brew next. May end up calling an audible at the homebrew shop. I have three vials of yeast currently, a Kveik and two Belgian/French farmhouse. They're fairly fresh so I may end up punting and doing a Dunkelweiss.
Oddly enough, the Digiboil hit the PREDICTED boil off on my recipes right on the head, my old kettle was blowing WAY past it. Should be MUCH closer to the right numbers now.
I'm getting a boiloff rate of .75 gallon/;hour on my 110 volt 35 liter and you could set your watch by the consistency.
The 65l was EXACTLY 1.5 gallons in a 1 hour test boil.
The BIPA has reached FG, time to crash and get the bits to drop out, I hopped with a heavy hand during fermentation, hope it clears u p decently. Also forgot the whirlfloc. Ah well, it will be beer
Got my first kegged beer in the fridge. SWAMBO gave me a kegging setup, very simple but adequate to my needs, for Christmas. Yesterday during the brewing of my first Kveik-based beer, I packaged Kentucky Common, half in a mini-keg and half in bottles for a side-by-side test.
The Kveik-based beer is a Norwegian farmhouse style, amber, brewed with juniper berries and rose hips. Was going to use sweet gale but couldn't find it on short notice, got some wormwood then decided against absinthe-flavored beer, looked through my stuff and found the rose hips. They'd have had them in Norway, right? So in they went. I didn't go with the no-boil options, sorry, creamed corn flavored beer is not my thing.
Just doughed in. I've learned to ignore the digital display during the mash. With the temperature sensor under the false bottom and grain pipe, it doesn't represent the actual mash temperature. I rely on a dial thermometer and a floating dairy thermometer for that.
The warmer water under the grain pipe helps maintain mash temperature which remains within a degree.
Kegged my American Wheat.
Drank the hydrometer dry.
Cleaned, cleaned, cleaned.
Weighed and milled the grains for tomorrow’s Cherry Wood Smoked Brown Ale.
The Am. Wheat came out nice, 5-6 SRM, noticeable lemon-lime citrus from Motueka and Sorachi Ace. Crazy Krausen from WLP 001, right to the top of the Speidel, and I had 4-5” head space. Never had anything like that before. 79% attenuation. Hope this finishes up proper. Could be a nice session beer.
Transferring some more dark lager into recieving keg.
Looks like the deep freeze hit the ferm chamber never had it this Icey I had to wrestle the fermentor out of there.
This is a double pitch into this fermentor (I pitched the dark lager on liberty lager whole yeast cake check the TRUB!
That's the five litre Mark! See the two distinct yeast lines pretty cool.
Well have to wait till the cone melts now before i clean her out. Next brew for this will be Pilsner YUrkel.
the yeast is most likely dead if it froze
Well... was gonna brew today, but...
spun up the yeast starter (Wyeast 1214, Belgian Abby), but was suspicious after I smacked the pack and after 3 hours... no swelling. Decided to throw it on the stir plate overnight and woke up this morning and... nothing. Gonna have my LHBS get me a new one and try again next weekend.
That is disheartening, I know how much I look forward to brew day...
I was going to brew today but have too much house work today, that happens when I've been under the weather
Going to tidy, and reorganize for next brew day today, and change up my C02 lines and regulators. Going to have the regulators outside the fridge and run two lines in. Don't worry Ben I won't poke a hole in a refrg line
Take photos... I’ve been thinking about that as well. I could always use more space!
The young couple that purchased the house across the street came over to introduce themselves last week. He is a newby home brewer/mechanical engineer and was very complimentary of the Man-Beer-Cave. Yesterday he came by to see if I had any muslin for hops as he is brewing a stout for his wedding on February 29th. I gave him a spare BIAB and a nylon hop bag and two of my current tap offerings, the Novemberfest (I brewed late) and the Cashmere Sweater Blonde. The cocker spaniel likes him, so we may have another brewer in our small group.
He is making a Stout for their wedding on Leap Day! Very cool. Sounds like awesome neighbors.
Brewing a Trappist Dubbel. It has a good bit of Special B malt. Should make for a nice flavor.