Yesterday my kegerator and corny kegs arrived. At the same time, I had two extract batches to brew before I went away for the long weekend. So I had a very ambitious plan of:
1.) setting up kegerator
2.) transferring three batches to keg
3.) brewing an IPA
4.) brewing a chocolate bock
1 golden for the most part.
2 went well.
But I stupidly did 3 and 4 at the same time...
And of course I mixed up a hop addition and put some Columbus (very high AA) into my bock (low IBU.) After a few minutes I notice this and freak out. Luckily, I have BeerSmith open so I go into my bock recipe and play around with the numbers and figure out a way to have an acceptable (still a little high) IBU if I end the boil early, so I do that. (The IPA is fine because I have plenty of Columbus)
I feel like I may have saved the day, but then I notice my beautiful lager starter tripped over at some point during my rescue operation.
I chilled the bock wort quickly and put it into a sealed keg, where it will stay until I have yeast to pitch. I am going to start a new starter today, and pitch on Sunday.
My question for those of you out there: is there anything else I could do (or could have done) to mitigate this mishap? (Other than not doing two wildly different brews at the same time, or measuring beforehand with little post-its or something.) Is my strategy going forward sound? I've read some about "no chill" brewing, so I think my wort is OK as my sanitation practices are pretty good, but perhaps I should pony up and buy 3 yeasts at LHBS and pitch today?