OK. Sorry for the long thread but this might turn into a "my first infection thread". As I was waiting on the water to boil for sterilized water in my fermentation bucket, I started drinking. Seems that it took a little longer than it should because when I got started I was feelin good
This is only my third brew so with some liquid encouragement I felt like I was a pro. Which MIGHT lead to some unfortunate turnouts for this one.
The objective was to brew a Sam Adams Boston Ale. I found the recipe on our website:
Well, I attempted to follow it but got confused on the mash times and temps. As it reads, I first thought that I was to mash for thirty minutes then boil and brew for the rest at the suggested times and temps. But it took a few more beers to realize my thinking was incorrect. So I actually mashed for 30 minutes at about 137*, removed the grains, steeped, realized I was wrong, put grains back in bag and into the wort, mashed for 15 min at 150*, 10 min at 160* and 10 min at 170*. Hope this did not mess up the actual brew.
And to top it off, I got my LME from my LHBS and they give it to you in a sealed plastic bag. Well... As I was heating up my malt, the bag busted in the warm water. So I ended up turning up the temp and melting it down in that pan then adding it to the wort once it came to a boil.
Just one more thing to add to this that wasn't supposed to happen.
The target OG was 1.048 - 1.050. Well somehow I met the target and ended up with an OG of 1.048. We shall see in several weeks how this turns out!