My friend and I had an interesting brew day yesterday; a few newbie mistakes and 1 equipment casualty (burned our digital thermometer probe), but otherwise we are getting better. Recipe was Jamil's Evil Twin from NorthernBrewer.
First problem: 1st attempt at Fly sparge
Water level in the HLT was below the thermometer, so while we thought we had our sparge water at 170 it was closer to 210. Sparged with at least 2 gallons of nearly boiling water. What sort of effect will this have? Also, what temperatures are appropriate for batch & fly sparging?
Also, while attempting to fly sparge, we collected nearly 4 gallons in 5 minutes. So we called it a batch sparge instead and grabbed 2 more gallons of runnings after 15 minutes or so. O.G. was actually spot on as per the included recipe sheet: 1.064 Pre-boil OG.
Second problem: Post boil OG way too high
We think we know what happened here, just not sure. Post boil OG was 1.090. The wort had a ton of "floaters" in it. We did not whirlpool and we did not strain. I had every intention of whirlpooling, but got sidetracked with the yeast/pouring another beer/setting up the plate chiller. So, I'm guessing our beer is full of hop pellet leavings and protein.
Thoughts? If we get the hops & protein to settle, this should turn out alright, right?
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Brewer: CNote, Dano
Boil Size: 6 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
Equipment: Synergy 15.5 Gallon
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.0 (have not tested)
10 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 78.4 %
1 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 7.8 %
12.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 5.9 %
6.1 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3.0 %
6.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 2.9 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.0 %
0.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00%] (60 min) Hops 11.1 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00%] (20 min) Hops 13.5 IBU
0.75 oz Centennial [10.00%] (10 min) Hops 8.6 IBU
0.75 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50%] (10 min) Hops 7.3 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50%] (0 min) Hops
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00%] (0 min) Hops
1 Pkgs Dry Ale Yeast (Safale #US-05)
Est Original Gravity: 1.071 SG (1.064 as per instructions)
Measured Original Gravity: 1.010 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.020 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.005 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.6 %
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 0.6 %
Bitterness: 40.5 IBU
Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 19.4 SRM