Sunday, January 1, 2012

35 gallons in 8 days

I took advantage of the crazy warm weather and stayed busy over the Christmas break by pulling off 3 brews in 8 days! I had to use some carboys and buckets in order to do it. Haven't used those in a while!

Here is a quick summary of the beer in the pipeline.

Brew #1 (Dec. 24th)

Breakfast Stout (est. 8%)
10 Gallons. Contains Sumatra coffee, Cacao nibs, 85% dark chocolate, Oatmeal, and a lot of dark malts. Cold brewed coffee will also be added to the keg. A meal all by itself!

Here are some pictures from the brew day.

Crushing 34 pounds of grain

All crushed

15 gallon mash tun maxed out with 10 gallons of water and 34 pounds of grain.

The boil smells great.

Brew #2 (Dec 28th)

'Beamish' Irish Stout (est. 4.5%) (Supposed Beamish clone recipe)
10 gallons brewed to break in the new nitro stout facet. What better beer to try out the nitro tap than a dry Irish stout that's based on the best Irish stout you can get?

I really hope this turns out like Beamish

Brew #3 (est 8%)
Imperial Blonde/Belgian Tripel
This was one massive brew. We went for 16 gallons plus a longer than normal boil length. This was the first time I have had the 26 gallon boil kettle maxed out.

This beer was split into two fermenters. 10 gallons went into the conical and we pitched US-05 (Sierra Nevada's strain) This will become our Imperial Blonde Ale. The other 5 went into a bucket fermenter with a French Saison yeast strain. This one will aslo get a little more sugar added to it once fermentation slows down and will be our Belgian Tripel.

26 gallon boil kettle is maxed out!

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