Well, what a LONG day. We brewed for 12 hours straight, numerous problems encountered (but overcome!) along the way. My stuck sparge. I mean it was like concrete. I ended up transferring my entire grist over to SwAMi's mashtun (with a mash pad) and sparged from there, only to get a trickle. It took 2 hours to batch sparge
that sucker. I ended up getting my target gravity right on, at 80-85% efficiency, so all was good. Hopefully the beer is worth it. Pitched on a cake from the Pliny the Bastard batch. Already bubbling. Did I post the recipe yet?
Swami's batch turned out great--an all Simcoe APA. It will be about a 1:1 ratio of malt to hops, so it will be really nice. The whole leaf hops smelled like something straight out of the beer gods' garden. They are my new favorite hop.
And what is better is that sap left them in my free-zah!
The extract batch was weird. We totally FUBAR'ed the OG. I don't know if we were too drunk or just had too much talking going on, but it came out with 6 gallons + and we were 2 points low on the OG. Oh well, it will be beer.
All in all, what a great day. I wish it had been a weekend so we could have hung out and drank more, but I'm sure we will have many more of those days this summer.
I'm waiting for the upload of pics--few may they be. SwAMi?