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Old 10-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default Kettle Dregs aka Waste Not, Want Not.

A few weekends ago I brewed a couple of AG batches. Been working on dialing in my system and getting good numbers for BeerSmith. After I filled the fermentors, I drained the trub & leftovers, chiller, hoses into some pitchers & cups so I could get a measurement. Made my notes & stuck it all in the fridge along with the cups of wort pulled for gravity measurements. It sat for a couple of days, the trub settled and I was about to dump it and had a thought, at 10PM thereabouts.

I pulled out a stock pot and filled it with the decanted wort and leftovers, I had a partial bag of DME, some left over hop pellets, and a bottle of cane syrup that turned to rock candy, WTH, dump it in there too. Boiled it up, took a gravity measurement, added some water to bring it to 1.044 and dumped it all in the Mr. Beer keg, added part of a pack of US-05. Finished up about midnight. What's the worst that could happen?

It made it to 1.006 and didn't taste half bad, that was a good sign. Filled 20 bottles, up let it carb for 2 weeks.

Popped the cap on one last night, nice head, clear, nice amber color, took a sniff, smells pretty good, tastes pretty good too kinda like a light IPA. 20 bottles that would have otherwise been wasted. I've dubbed it Founders Reserve

I knew I kept that Mr. Beer keg for a good reason.

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Lots of waste somedays here but never thought to try that


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