'Blixem's Revenge' 6.5% Christmas Stout Brewday Photos
This is a beer I brewed back in late October. It's a Christmas Stout which is 6.5% and pretty hearty!
In the original version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas', originally called 'A Visit From St. Nicholas', the last two reindeer are not Donner & Blitzen, but Dunder & Blixem. :)
Brunken Dastard Brewery
Style: Christmas Stout
Grain Bill:(Cant remember right now - will fill it in when I get home and check my ipad)
50g of EKGs @60 mins
10g of EKGs @15 mins
1tsp irish moss (usually use protofloc but had none in stock)
This was my second test batch on the new Electric HERMS brewery. It was a success apart from a stuck mash, which was soon sorted.
Ok, now pics!
This is the brewery - it's an eHERMS system I built from scratch, had to learn to weld and stuff it was a real learning experience and I'm really happy to finally be brewing on it!
I use a brewing app called iBrewMaster on the ipad for recipe storage, batch organisation, scheduling, etc. The one thing it doesn't have is stock control which is a pain.
Here's the grain bill
Recirculating through the HERMS coil
Hit the mash temp pretty much perfectly :)
View of the recirculating mash - I should really make some kind of return manifold, but that can wait until the spring (I have no workshop so everything I've built has been made in the back garden!)
I only have one pump at the moment, so I have to sparge by adding the sparge water, recirculating, then lautering it all in one go.
I bring it all up to 75c mash out temp, and then recirculate and pump to boil kettle.
Once the wort is over the elements by 2" I turn both of them on. They're 1275 watt elements, so the boil gets started pretty quickly. I have to turn off one element and stir as soon as it starts to boil or I get a huge boil over.
60 min hops ready - 50g of EKGs
15 min hops ready - 10g of EKGs with 1tsp of Irish Moss to help coagulate the proteins and get a clearer beer.
Camera and phone ran out of battery here :( I chilled with a cfc which took bloody ages - next time I'll pump it through but I'm not sure how clean that would be!
I left it to ferment and came back the next day to find that the yeasties had got exited and made a right mess!
Bottled 2 weeks later, and then left it in storage for a month or so.
Labels on. These should make good christmas pressies!
A month later and it started snowing - so I cracked open a pint and gave it a go. It's great! The only problem was that I did my refractometer calculations wrong and ended up bottling at 1.020SG with half a tsp of sugar in each bottle, which made it a little more carbonated than I had intended. The beer has a deep coffee taste with bitter chocolate and a good background hoppiness to balance the maltiness. It's surprisingly easy to drink considering the alcohol content, and one pint does get you a little squiffy :D
Do you always make that face mashing in? :)
your simple setup makes me want to go HERMS status.
now im off to research a HERMS system.
That is Awesome!!! I dig your set up; I'm about to make the gas version of what you have. The bottles and labels look really nice as well.:rockin:
Cheers : ) It was strange brewing on it for the first time - because after 6 months of building the brewery I had expected the brewing to be as complicated as the building - but with the pump and the HERMS it's so simple you almost can't believe you're brewing beer!
Love the simple labels.
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