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ScionOfZion 04-25-2005 04:40 PM

Brew Day
 
Spring is here, the sun is out, and we might even see 60 degrees (15 for the rest of the world) today. My garage smells like Malto-Meal from the mash as Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" plays in the background. My recently kegged IPA is calling to me.

Life is good.

Dude 04-25-2005 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ScionOfZion
Spring is here, the sun is out, and we might even see 60 degrees (15 for the rest of the world) today. My garage smells like Malto-Meal from the mash as Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" plays in the background. My recently kegged IPA is calling to me.

Life is good.


I think you just described heaven. :D
(temp could be 10 degrees higher for my tastes, but I know the feeling of the first "warm" day of the year)

DeRoux's Broux 04-25-2005 07:07 PM

i need a job where i can be at home on monday @ 1100 am brewing!!!!!! :~)

ScionOfZion 04-25-2005 09:53 PM

Had three visitors during the session. Much IPA was consumed and more than a few stories swapped. A terrific session despite the fact that ProMash tells me that my efficiency was a mere 78%.

I'll never understand effeciency. The ProMash default is 75% and I've consistantly scored between 77 and 86 using the same techniques I've always used--time, temp, whatever. Perhaps a more experienced brewer can explain it to me.

As to Mondays off, well, my work schedule is Tues. through Sat. Three of those days I find myself silencing the alarm clock at 3:30 A.M. Work, to me, is simply a means to an end.

Oh man, I'm starting to get philosophical. I'd better shut up and clean the mash tun.

uglygoat 04-26-2005 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by DeRoux's Broux
i need a job where i can be at home on monday @ 1100 am brewing!!!!!! :~)

i need a job at our local brew pub! i'll even just clean the equipment :)

during the winter months, brewing was reserved for the evenings when my wife was at work cause she couldn't stand the smells, huh what's that all about, and i often didn't finish cooling the wort untill 3 am, though admitedly i enjoy the wee hours of the night/early morning best...

now that it is nice weather wise in hodunk indiana, i moved the operation out to the garage and i've loved the last three brew sessions outdoors, as much surely, as my wife has enjoyed my smelly hobby being outdoors :)

Krueger 04-26-2005 03:04 AM

understood,
my wife claims that she cannot stand the smell... my daughter seem to dig it thought. as the next generation falls. furthermore, morman the weather went really crappy the rest of the day wouldnt you say.
SLC rules :D

DeRoux's Broux 04-26-2005 01:41 PM

hell, my wife will sit and eat the spent grains with me! just add milk and you got grape nuts, right?!?!?!?!! i often go to probrewer.com and read the classifieds to see who's hiring what. one day, maybe i'll have the rocks to quit the rat race and scrub spent hops out of a 7 bbl system for someone............aghhhh hops :~)

AleJoe 04-26-2005 11:32 PM

I'm planning on bottling my blonde ale tonight :)

Having a few Fat Tires (ran out of my Brown) while I rinse bottles (friend just gave me his jet washer..thank god!!)

Dude 04-28-2005 12:42 AM

last extract batch tomorrow....
 
I started prepping today, toasted some grains, made a starter, and tomorrow is brew day. I went with a recipe that Sam and I concocted one night but I had to make some subtle changes because my HBS didn't have some of the right hops. Its still gonna turn out sweet. Errr...I hope it does. This is my first crack at a recipe.

Dude 04-28-2005 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by ORRELSE
I started prepping today, toasted some grains, made a starter, and tomorrow is brew day. I went with a recipe that Sam and I concocted one night but I had to make some subtle changes because my HBS didn't have some of the right hops. Its still gonna turn out sweet. Errr...I hope it does. This is my first crack at a recipe.


Everything went smoothly...it was a beautiful day. I forgot my whirlfloc tablet (Irish Moss) but no biggie. I used whole hops for the first time and what a difference in the clarity of the wort. I can't believe how much those hops expand though!!! I can't wait to taste this beer.


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