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MetallHed 09-21-2012 04:33 AM

My Brewday: Brewing an Altbier for December
 
Thought I'd share some pics of my brewday from a couple weeks ago. I did an altbier and hit about 86% efficiency with my set-up! Hopefully it'll taste pretty good in a few months.

Getting everything set up:
http://i.imgur.com/6rZomh.jpg

Hooking up the water filter:
http://i.imgur.com/2OJ3fh.jpg

Filling and heating the hot water tank:
http://i.imgur.com/w0CrNh.jpg

Another angle:
http://i.imgur.com/LB6y9h.jpg

After hitting strike temp, transfer to mash tun:
http://i.imgur.com/AwIqth.jpg

Add dem grains:
http://i.imgur.com/J9z9Nh.jpg

Hit the target. Boom:
http://i.imgur.com/1YWu4h.jpg

Vorlauf after an hour:
http://i.imgur.com/k0o01h.jpg

Fly spargin' it up:
http://i.imgur.com/qlbHkh.jpg

3 oz. Spalt first wort hops:
http://i.imgur.com/Jn2yRh.jpg

My high-tech filtering system (yes, I've heard of HSA):
http://i.imgur.com/ynq1oh.jpg

Sparging:
http://i.imgur.com/yHAyIh.jpg

Dat boil:
http://i.imgur.com/Eu1rEh.jpg

Add the chiller:
http://i.imgur.com/lyCXoh.jpg

Transfer the cooled wort:
http://i.imgur.com/L0uHBh.jpg

Done and done:
http://i.imgur.com/IzkyJh.jpg

Cleaned up:
http://i.imgur.com/U0FwHh.jpg

A few days later:
http://i.imgur.com/wDBEgh.jpg


:rockin:
:mug:

bmick 09-21-2012 08:19 PM

Holy...why am I not doing that coffee filter thing? Must save a lot of vorlauf time...

MetallHed 09-21-2012 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmick (Post 4433747)
Holy...why am I not doing that coffee filter thing? Must save a lot of vorlauf time...

Heh. I still do my regular vorlauf but there are always some little buggers that make it through. This catches any strays that sneak through. Someone on Reddit mentioned hot-side aeration as a concern so my last batch (pumpkin spice alee) I extended the hose (heh) and eliminated the filter. I'm not sure how much it will affect it, but it's an easy switch.

iheartcraftbeer 09-25-2012 07:16 PM

Awesome, love the pics. I'd like to brew an altbier soon. Care to share the recipe?

rawkstar320 09-25-2012 08:54 PM

Just stole a coffee filter from work (it was already mine anyways) to try that.

rawkstar320 09-26-2012 01:54 AM

Hmmm I'm going to try that coffee filter thing. I tend to get alot of trub.

For my small one gallon batches, I can't imagine HSA will be that big a deal.

coolharry 09-26-2012 02:38 AM

+1 on sharing the recipe, I'd love to brew an Alt this winter.

blaster_54738 09-27-2012 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetallHed (Post 4434241)
Heh. I still do my regular vorlauf but there are always some little buggers that make it through. This catches any strays that sneak through. Someone on Reddit mentioned hot-side aeration as a concern so my last batch (pumpkin spice alee) I extended the hose (heh) and eliminated the filter. I'm not sure how much it will affect it, but it's an easy switch.

Yeah but then you shortened the hose after that awesome stuck sparge...REMEMBER :D

LoneWolfPR 09-27-2012 10:30 PM

I'm kind of curious as to why you're doing this now for December. Admittedly, I don't know a ton about the style, but I thought Alts were one of the few German Ale styles. So, shouldn't this be ready much sooner than that?

homebrewdon 09-28-2012 03:53 AM

HSA is a non issue. You would boil the beer anyway, and if you are pitching the appropriate amount of yeast its not a problem.


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