Monday, January 25, 2016

Ol' 22 -- Brew day

A steamy sensation

The next batch I had planned was an old ale/barleywine. The grain bill required a hefty 16 lbs of grain to make 5 gallons. I'd never attempted a batch this large before. But if I didn't try now, how else would I be able to expand my little homebrewery to maximize its full potential? It was time to start brew day once again.

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Mashing in

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DIY 60 qt Igloo Cooler Mash Tun Build

I had a problem ahead of me for my next batch. With the grain bill for it being 16 lbs, the total amount of grain and mash water would be too big for a single 5 gallon bucket.

Mashing in my bucket

One way to solve this problem would be to split the grain bill in half and use two separate 5 gallon buckets to do the mash. As simple as that sounds, temperature control for both would be tedious. Splitting the grain bill might cause too high of a percentage of specialty grain to end up in one bucket, losing the diastatic power to fully convert all the starch for all the grain.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Burton Bomber Bottling Day

After weeks of sitting in the closet, my Burton Bomber was ready to bottle! 
How now brown cow?
A nice brown color

Burton Bomber -- Brew Day

December 17, 2015 -- The next batch of beer following the IPA is a throw back to the old brown ale we made before. I've modified the recipe slightly to see how affecting a few ingredients affects the flavor.
Boil over eminent
Is this the end for my stove?