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unionrdr 02-13-2013 11:45 AM

fat tuesday brewing?
 
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday,& I brewed up version2 of my hopped & confused ale that thinks it's a light lager. I used WLP029 German ale/kolsh yeast that started life at 64F,up to about 65F this morning. Yeasts' range being 65-69F,it's all good. And since I got to use my new paint strainer bag to mash in,efficiency went up. OG's were 1.043-1.044,yesterday went up to 1.055! My thinsulate lined hunting coat was perfect to wrap the kettle in for the 1 hour mash. I gained 1 degree,rather than loosing ,say,5 degrees. So next time,I can get the mash up to 152F,& wind up at 153F after the mash. Finally fixed the two problems I was having with PM. Who else brewed on Fat Tuesday?:tank:

aiptasia 02-13-2013 11:53 AM

Not too many. I wish I could have but I was doing a full day of student teaching. Now that it's Ash Wednesday, we're supposed to give up something for lent. I wish I could go on the trappist beer diet for lent but the school district would frown on that.

unionrdr 02-13-2013 12:00 PM

I'm gunna give up on vodka for drinkin. Save it for the airlocks. Passed out yesterday,& had to salvage the boil. All's well though. Gotta give up some more weight too. But the hunting coat wrapped around the mash kettle was def a good idea. Worked perfectly.

BrewMonkster 02-13-2013 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by unionrdr
Yesterday was Fat Tuesday,& I brewed up version2 of my hopped & confused ale that thinks it's a light lager. I used WLP029 German ale/kolsh yeast that started life at 64F,up to about 65F this morning. Yeasts' range being 65-69F,it's all good. And since I got to use my new paint strainer bag to mash in,efficiency went up. OG's were 1.043-1.044,yesterday went up to 1.055! My thinsulate lined hunting coat was perfect to wrap the kettle in for the 1 hour mash. I gained 1 degree,rather than loosing ,say,5 degrees. So next time,I can get the mash up to 152F,& wind up at 153F after the mash. Finally fixed the two problems I was having with PM. Who else brewed on Fat Tuesday?:tank:

I brewed a Brewer's Best American Amber extract kit, it's my 2nd batch. Still a rookie, lol!!!

unionrdr 02-13-2013 12:22 PM

When it comes to brewing,you're never too old or experienced to learn something new. I'm a rookie of sorts when it comes to mashing & all it entails. But at least the hunting coat & paint strainer bag solved the two problems I was having with partial mash. Namely,holding mash temp & being able to stir the mash for greater efficiency.
Now I still use two kettles,but have only one burner going instead of two. A 4 gallon stock pot for HLT,& my 5 gallon one as MLT/BK.


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