Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Birthday brew session and 1st Brewtroller attempt

Yesterday I brewed up a British Mild. This is the lowest gravity version of the English Brown ale style. I wanted a relativity small and easy beer to brew as I was trying out the new Brewtroller setup.

The good news: I loaded my recipe and used the strike volume suggested by the Brewtroller, and I hit my OG. So it seems like I have the equipment set up in the system correctly. Things started off pretty good, and my HLT heated up to the desired temp and turned off.

The bad news: I doughed in and started recirculating the mash. I had my Sacch rest set for 156. 156 came and went and my burner stayed on. I had it set up correctly from what I could tell, but it just did not work. I ended up having to switch the temp probes and wiring around to make the system think my MLT was my HLT so it would maintain my setpoint.

So all was not lost, the session turned out fine, but there is still work to do to get the software to work as I desire.

Here is the recipe I brewed up for anyone that's interested.

Birthday Brown (mild ale style)

Style: MildOG: 1.044
Type: All GrainFG: 1.010
Rating: 0.0ABV: 4.3 %
Calories: 134IBU's: 17.49
Efficiency: 75 %Boil Size: 11.04 Gal
Color: 19.3 SRM Batch Size: 10.00 Gal
Preboil OG: 1.039Boil Time: 60 minutes

Grains & Adjuncts
12.50 lbs76.92 %Golden Promise (UK)60 mins1.038
1.50 lbs9.23 %Simpsons Medium (UK)60 mins1.035
0.75 lbs4.62 %Briess Caramel 120L60 mins1.032
0.50 lbs3.08 %Chocolate Malt (UK)60 mins1.034
0.50 lbs3.08 %Brown Malt (UK)60 mins1.032
0.50 lbs3.08 %Naked Oats (UK)60 mins1.046
AmountIBU'sNameTimeAA %
2.00 ozs17.49Goldings, East Kent45 mins5.00
AmountNameLaboratory / ID
2.00 pkgSafale S-04Fermentis S-04
Mash Profile

Full Body Infusion In60 min @ 156.0°F
Add 19.69 qt ( 1.25 qt/lb ) water @ 170.0°F

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