Banana chocolate stout brew day
A run down on the brew day, just for the logs. This was an extract brew with steeped grains to keep things simple and quick. First off, I'm relatively certain I steeped the grains at too high a temperature - I really need to get a more accurate thermometer. Not the end of the world, but it's a mistake. After that, everything went smoothly. I had to stop one boil over, but that was it. Dumped all the extract in over a period of time to reduce boil over chances, same with the hops (though there wasn't much to cause a boil over with). After doing the hour boil and then cooling down with the wort chiller, I got a reading of 1.083 OG (target was 1.088, so I wasn't far off). Dumped into primary, filtering what particulate I could out. This brew had a lot, A LOT, of particulate in it from the steeped grains and hops. Pitched first of three yeasts, hefeweizen IV, to get it's flavoring and start the process. Will pitch abbey ale yeast soon to reap the benefits of it's attenuation and then, soon after that, english ale yeast to reap the benefits of it's flocculation. Doing three yeasts is overboard, but I wanted to experiment with it. Overall, the fermentation took off right away and has been incredibly active. Looks like it may be a successful brew, I'll let you know how it goes.