Brewed an all-grain cream ale after getting a e-kettle going.
My system has a 6.5 gallon boil kettle and a 5 gallon igloo round cooler with false bottom for mashing. My goal was to take the cream ale kit
for 5 gallons and make 4 gallon batch. Below are the notes from brewing.
Mashed in low at 149 and dropped to 146 during the hour. Recipe calls for 150.
Came out with a 1.037 which is 56 percent efficiency. I plan on sparging slower next time and doing a 90 minute mash and starting off at 152 to offset drop.
Missed water estimate as well and ended up with 4.25 gallons in the boil kettle which will also help efficiency next time to get to 5 gallons in the BK.
After boil gravity was 1.043 and i cooled it to 68 degrees in about 25 minutes and pitched with safale 05. I had activity in less than 12 hours and held strong activity for almost 5 days. During peak fermentation temp was 70 rest of the time 64-67 degrees.
Today at the 14 day mark i went to bottle it and the 6.5 gallon carboy had little white spots on the top are of carboy not even close to actual beer. Obviously lots of head room since only 3 gallons made it in the fermenter. So I transferred to bottle bucket and took a sample out then added priming sugar. Gravity was 1.021 so i put it into secondary and tested it again since added priming sugar and it is now 1.024. I would say the sample has a great smell but a hot taste.
Plan is to let it sit in 3 gallon carboy now for two more weeks and then test gravity again. Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance,