Hey again guys. Hope all of your holidays were safe and festive. Needless to say, Santa brought me some new brewing toys! A 30 qt. stainless steel brew kettle and a new 5 gallon glass carboy!
So, today was the day for my third batch, and the first time I'm using the new gear. I bought a thermometer today as well, to make sure my steeping grains are kept between 150 and 160 degrees.
Rather than try a new recipe, I decided to go with my previous recipe, which I detailed here, with a few alterations. And this time, no oak chips, and I'm boiling a full 2 gallons on the stove, plus all ingredients for 60 minutes. No more worrying about boil-over with this new kettle! 60 minutes, constantly rolling. Looks great so far, and smells even better!
-6 lbs. plain extra light dry malt extract
-1 lb. UK Carastan malt, steeped for 30 minutes
-1 oz. Magnum hops (60 min.)
-1 oz. Chinnook hops (60 min.)
-1 oz. Cascade hops (15 min.)
I plan on dry hopping 1 oz. of Cascade in the last week of secondary fermentation, unless you guys recommend something else.
I'll be going 1-2-3 with this batch. 1 week in primary, 2 weeks in secondary, and 3 in bottles.
And no oak chips. I think that funkified my whole second batch last time, though it has mellowed considerably over time.
Anyway, just wanted to post an update. Cheerz!