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Old 09-12-2007, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default My first Harvest Ale!!!!

HELLO ALL!!! I am VERY excited about this one!!! Today I brewed a beer with hops that I grew in my backyard. 100% of them were picked and dried less than a month ago by me, myself, and I! Recepie goes as follows:

11lbs pale ale 2-row(american)
4lbs munich(light)
1lb crystal 60
.5lb crystal 80
.5lb crystal 40
.5lb melanoidin
.5lb carafoam
(single infusion mash @159F, oh yeah baby... one sweet beer!!!) Should have a malt backbone, shoulders and biceps!!!)

1 oz Nugget 60min
1oz cascade 15min
1.5oz cascade 5min
.75oz goldings 5min
.75oz mystery hop(got a rhyzome from a hop field that was worked in mid 1930's)
(maybe cluster? could be golding too, not quite sure! WHEEE!!!)

Adding 2oz French roasted oak chips to the secondary, the medium + variety

3522 belg ardens................. LOVE that yeast!

OG: 1.077 (efficency is kinda low, 64%..... grr!)

I can't believe I only got 64% efficiency. I mashed out at 180, had my back turned, was going to stop at 170. I ran the temp of the water in my hlt up to 185 and batch sparged 4 times (untill I was sucking air) and ended up with 8 gallons of wort. I boiled for 100 min and went down to 4 gallons, which read 1.100 @ 70 degrees which would be 1.102, topped up to 5.25 gallons in my primary(rinsing the hops of their sugars, lol) and adding my quart starter, the whole thing. I still have my barley crusher adjusted to where It was set when I got it in the mail. I think I'm going to close that gap just a bit. Get a finer crush, batch sparge 5 times and collect 9.5 gallons of wort and boil for 100 min for my next batch of beer. mabye then I'll get more than 64% brewhouse efficiency. I was expecting this OG almost on the nose. It is what I had planned for. I was planning on 1.076 but got 1.077! YAY!! I sure was hoping for 1.080 though! I am very excited for this Old Ale to be finished!

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. They wake up in the morning and that's as good as they're going to feel all day." -Dean Martin
Originally Posted by TheFlyingBeer sense hauling empty carboys around when full ones take up just as much space. :)
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