Saturday, October 7, 2017

Batch 205, End of the world

Attempting to repeat the most awesome End Of The World beer. Unfortunately, I missed my gravities...

10 gallon batch

22 lb 2-row (22.25 actual, I was a little short on wheat)
8 lb wheat (7.25 actual)
1.0 lb crystal 120
0.5 lb crystal 60
0.75 lb chocolate malt

Mash at 150F (154F actual) with 11 gallons of water. Adjusted pH to 5.3.
Lose 4 gallons to absorption, run off 7 gallons for strong beer.
Sparge with 7 gallons for small beer.

Strong beer hops:
5 oz Chinook (the ones from Angie, this time), 60 min
1 tsp Irish Moss, 15 min

Small beer hops:
2 oz Pacific Jade, 14.3% AA (pellets from Niko, never used it before), 60 min
1 oz Centennial, 5 min (leaf)

60 minute boil for both

Wyeast 1272 from batch 204 in both. 2 quarts of thick slurry, about 2/3 quart in the small beer, the other 1 1/3 quart in the strong.

Strong beer specs:
OG: 1.110, actual 1.084
IBU: 111

Small beer specs:
OG: 1.055, actual 1.040
IBU: 70 (or not, I didn't actually calculate after I changed the hops for this batch)

I'm not sure why the gravities were so low. I hit volumes just right, both with mash run off and in the fermenter. I'm wondering if it's my grain mill? It's really the only thing that has changed since the last time I brewed this. But -- my other beers have been coming out as expected.

Update, 8 Oct 2017, blowout! I haven't had one of these in a long time!


Update, 17 Nov 2017, cleared out the nitro tap to put the strong beer on. It is delicious, even if it's not yet carbonated. I had put the small beer on a regular tap on Sep 7 and left it to carbonate while we went on vacation for 2 weeks, and when we got back, the small was flat and my CO2 tank was empty. Ugh. I'm calling the small beer "End of Pluto" since it's no longer a planet.

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