Sunday, October 26, 2014

Batch 160, Amber

Pretty much a repeat of Batch 149. I was a little short on 2-row, so I used a little more Munich.

10 gallon batch

12.5 lb 2-row
6.5 lb Munich
2 lb Crystal 60
1.25 lb wheat
4 3/8 oz chololate malt

Mashed at 154F for 60 minutes at 1.25 qt/lb, or 6.5 gallons 165F water. Missed the initial mash temp with 165F water and actually hit 140F in the mash tun. It's been cold, so my mash tun needed some extra heat. I did a small decoction step to get from 140F to 154F. pH was 5.3 without any acid additions, which I thought was odd. The water in the HLT is 6.5 pH, which is lower than usual. Vorlauf 10 minutes before running off to boil kettle, got just over 3 gallons in the BK. Batch sparge with 9.5 gallons, vorlauf another 10 minutes, ended up with about 12.5 gallons in the kettle.

1.75 oz Galena, 60 minutes
2 oz Mt. Hood, 5 minutes

90 minute boil

Wyeast 1272, made a starter with some yeast from Batch 157

OG: 1.053, planned and actual
FG: 1.014
IBU: 29.5
SRM: 13.9
ABV: 5.1%

Pretty good brew day, no problems other than I dumped the stir bar into the fermenter.