Brew finished. Things didn't go 100% as planned, but when does it ever? Here's the rundown -
In the pot with about 6.75 gallons. Boiled vigorously for 60 minutes and ended up with almost exactly 5 gallons. I really need to work on controlling the boil better. My last couple of batches have kindof been all over the board in this regard.
Cooled to 70 in about 15 minutes. Dropped from 90 to 70 in about 5 minutes when I turned on my submersible pump sitting in ice water. That thing is the cat's ass.
Got it in the bottle and pitched my Safale 05. Expected FG: 1.052. Recorded FG: 1.051. So I'm pretty happy with that.
Overall it was a good brew day. Tried some new things. Mashed 90 minutes with about a 2* temperature loss...overall not bad. Had some issues with sparge volumes, but nothing too serious. Ended up with just a HAIR under 5 gallons when I was looking for 5.5, but I hit my numbers, so whatever. I'm attaching pictures below. The first one is right after it got in the bottle...last one was about 10 minutes later:
And just because, here's a picture of the Ladies in Waiting: Top right: EdWort's Haus Pale. Top left: BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde. Bottom right: GP/Amarillo SMaSH. Bottom left: EdWort's Apfelwein. That black box in the lower right is the space heater that's hooked to my temperature controller to keep it at 67 in there. I love beer.