Here are some pics from my labor day brew session. It had been two months since I'd last brewed and I needed to scratch the itch. Since the pipeline is still pretty well stocked I decided to make an Imperial Stout that could be cellared and consumed in 2010.
Here are the whole Columbus hops that I got from Rebel Brewer. Only going to use half of these in this batch.
The specialty grains that I used (decided to only use about 1/2 of the roasted barley)
Crushing the grain. It was pretty big grain bill for a 5.5 gallon batch. My biggest yet at 22.25 lbs. Picked up the corded drill on sale at Lowes and it paid dividends right away. Was using a cordless drill for a little while with limited success but the corded drill had no problems at all.
Here is the entire grain bill crushed. The ale pale was nearly overflowing!