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Old 07-22-2011, 03:45 AM   #1
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Recipe Type: Partial Mash    Yeast: White Labs Hefe    Yeast Starter: none    Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: none    Batch Size (Gallons): 4.5    Original Gravity: 1.056    Final Gravity: [Not tested yet]    Boiling Time (Minutes): 60    Color: Dark?    Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days, 68-70 degrees    Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): Probably none    Tasting Notes: None yet, still fermenting   
Recipe first, then brew-day notes:

Grains:
Wheat LME: 3.3 lbs
Wheat DME: 2 lbs
Munich: 1.5 lbs
Special B: 6 oz
Crystal 40: 6 oz
Carafa Special II: 0.2 oz

Hops:
Hallertau, 4.3% AA, 1oz, 60 mins

Adjunct sugars:
8.7 oz Jaggery

1 tsp Irish moss @ 15 min

Ferment at 62F

What the mash was supposed to be:
Strike water at 168 F, 3qts (for 2.375 lbs of grain)
Mashing at 153 F for 1 hr
Sparge w/ 1.2 gallons at 170F, add water to get to pre-boil volume of about 3.6 gallons.

What the mash ACTUALLY was:
Strike at 168 went OK, but I was trying something new. I'm working my way towards all-grain, so I wanted to experiment with a mash tun. I haven't bought one yet, but I DID have my bottling bucket, with a valve in it. Great! I bought a hot-water-heater blanket and basically wrapped the bucket in the blanket for insulation. It turns out that doesn't really help... even though the water went in at the right temps, whenever I checked it was around 140 F... way too low. Waaaay too low. I wound up adding another 1.5 qts to the mash trying to keep the temperature up, but no luck. So until I get a real mash tun, I'm going back to just steeping the grains in a grain bag in the kettle so I can give them fire when need be.


I can't get my basement down to 62. With a wet towel and a fan, I think I've got it around 68F. Oh well. Should still be pretty tasty, if the weird mash didn't hose it too badly.


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Old 08-29-2011, 01:56 AM   #2
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Going to test/bottle this tonight. Would like to've bottled 2-3 weeks ago, but was traveling. Oh well. What an adventurous brew this is turning out to be...
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Old 09-06-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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Haha! I'm such a liar! I didn't bottle until today... sigh.

But! It tastes pretty fun, it'll be nice to see what it's like carbed and chilled. So... give it 2 weeks!

FG was 1016, so that makes ABV somewhere around 5%. Not too bad!
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