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Old 11-02-2009, 11:32 PM   #1
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Yeah, it's about to rain/snow outside. I took an extended break from brewing ("extended" meaning 2 weeks :P ) to break up the old off-balance cement patio and lay a brick one. Now that I'm stocked up to full on SWMBO goodwill, I'm brewing on the new patio. :P

Today's plan: 5gal of Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Porter, followed by 3 or 4 gallons (tbd when I see the wort gravity) of pumpkin ale run off the porter grain bed. I'm adding around 2 lbs of 2-row and 2lbs of homegrown roast pumpkin to the mash for the ale.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:50 PM   #2
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Porter's starting the boil now- 5.8 gal at 1.073 into the boil for 74% efficiency. Not bad for no-sparge (I normally batch sparge, but I wanted a little more sugar left behind in the grist for my bastardized partigyle).

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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That's gonna be a big porter!

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That's gonna be a big porter!
Yeah, I was planning for about 70% no-sparge efficiency, or 1.068 into the boil. I'm shooting for 1.078 into the fermenter, but I think I might be a little high .
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Did you leave any sugars for the pumpkin ale?

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Hope so! We'll see in about 20minutes. :P

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Well, I accidentally poured myself a BSG at 10% instead of a saison at 5% while I was remembering to not worry (and having a homebrew). I put 6lbs of 2-row in for the pumpkin, and got 5 gallons of 1.058 out. I think my Thanksgiving beer might be a little on the strong side as well.

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