So my buddy and I got a great start to our second brew day today. Sanitized everything, prepared the equipment and gathered the ingredients. Then it turned into chaos.
Here's a basic run down for you all to enjoy:
Around 2-3 weeks ago I found a recipe for "Panic Button" hefeweizen. Decided it would be my next brew for sure.
I recently purchase beersmith and planned on this being my first beer made using the software. Also my first DME batch instead of LME. Last night I entered the recipe and got it clouded to my phone version.
Today, once all was ready we started. Made the boil in about 20 minutes, pulled the boil, added the DME and the ounce of Hallertauer pellets, put back on heat then started the timer.
Chaos 1: used steep/mash timer instead of boil. Attempted to switch, lost track of time. Managed to recover decently, but nothing would be precise from this point on.
Added a bit more cinnamon and ground cloves than the recipe asked, intentionally. I wanted this beer to be a bit more spice based. Still looking forward to this.
Chaos 2: first experience with leaf hops. Added first half ounce of Hallertauer leaf about 10 minutes early. No clue what this is gonna cause. More bitter? Less bitter? Beer is beer.
The chaos was more amusing in person than via text. To say the least, I had a great time, everything was clean, and I still believe the beer is gonna taste awesome. If nothing else because I made it.
Oh, and because I did my first batch at 2 am while SWMBO was asleep, she had no clue it was a 3-4 hour process all together. She spent the whole day pissed at me. Fortunately, she understands now and I have a fresh 5 gallons going to bottle in a little over a week hopefully.