Sunday, March 31, 2024

Batch 295, another Doug-based pale ale

 Moved my Baja brewery to another location, much larger, and it's all mine, not shared, so I feel a little better about setting things up more or less permanently.

5 gallon batch

12 lb 2-row

8 oz biscuit

Mashed at 150F. Got interrupted, ran off the first batch, then dumped the sparge water in the boil kettle. Oh well, I just scooped some of the wort out of the BK and ran it back through the mash tun for the second batch.

2.5 oz Doug, 60 min

5 oz Mt Hood, 5 min

It went pretty well, other than I'd left a lot of stuff at the house, so there were several trips back and forth.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Batch 294, another Belma Summer Ale

 I thought I'd do the same recipe again to help me figure out what I need to do to improve. I discovered a semi-serious issue last time, the gap was too wide on my grain mill. I don't have a feeler gauge handy, so I used a credit card and I thought that the grind might be too fine, but it worked out with no problems. Another issue I discovered this time is the SS braid that I have in the boil kettle is too tight, the wort won't go through it. Good to know.

5 gallon batch, pretty much the same as last time.

12 lb 2-row

5 oz white wheat (I'm out now)

5 oz crystal 60, just to cut down the sweetness and color a bit.

Mash water at 175F got me 150F in the mash tun, so that's okay. No stuck sparge, which I thought might happen. I measured the water carefully, so I did get 6.5 gallons in the boil kettle, and ended up with 5.5 gallons in the fermenter.

Same hops as last time:

2 oz Belma, 60 min

4 oz Belma, 5 min

Yeast from the last batch, about a pint of reasonably thick slurry.