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Old 09-21-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Default 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:


Hooking up the water filter:


Filling and heating the hot water tank:


Another angle:


After hitting strike temp, transfer to mash tun:


Add dem grains:


Hit the target. Boom:


Vorlauf after an hour:


Fly spargin' it up:


3 oz. Spalt first wort hops:


My high-tech filtering system (yes, I've heard of HSA):


Sparging:


Dat boil:


Add the chiller:


Transfer the cooled wort:


Done and done:


Cleaned up:


A few days later:




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Old 09-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Holy...why am I not doing that coffee filter thing? Must save a lot of vorlauf time...

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Old 09-21-2012, 11:13 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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Awesome, love the pics. I'd like to brew an altbier soon. Care to share the recipe?

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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Just stole a coffee filter from work (it was already mine anyways) to try that.

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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.

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

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Old 09-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #8
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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
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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?

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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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