Productive day today.
Bottled my Black IPA. Washed the M44 yeast (damn there was a lot of hops) with the intention of storing it but ended up brewing Yoopers Fizzy Yellow beer so just pitched it into that.
Brewed last night with my niece's boyfriend. Went with an Imperial Red Rye IPA recipe I found on beersmith. 90 minute boil with only 3 hop additions, 1 oz nugget at 60 min, 1 oz crystal at 15 and 1oz chinook for a 30 minute whirlpool at 180*. I still dry hop with Amarillo and Summit (1 oz each) but I guess I was a bit surprised with the low amount of hops.
Was a bit low on the pre boil gravity (1.050 verses an expected 1.056) which gave us 70% mash efficiency. Nail the OG of 1.073 with 5 gals in the fermenter, and beersmith shows this as overall 68% efficiency. I still don't understand beersmith well enough to trust those numbers but as they say, we made beer. Bubbling away at 67* in my fermentation chamber.
Well my sucks clone is in the carboy (1.085 og) I pitched a 2L starter I made with 2 vials and no activity yet... this is my 1st starter how long does fermentation take when a starter is used? Same uo to 36 hors as if I pitched a packet of dry yeast?
Hoping to do my first AG this weekend. Still have a few things to get together this week before I can do it though. Plan on doing an APA with Chinook for bittering and Centennial and Citra for flavour/aroma.
I'm making my 69 minute F-Me IPA this Saturday morning. It's a 69 minute boil with about 8 different types of hops added at almost every 10 minutes. All of these hops are from my private garden picked last fall and dried and vacuum sealed and frozen. My boil is 69 min and also my IBU's are estimated at 69 as well. Since these are fresh hops I do not know what the actual AA is for the types I grow so I take the mean % of the range and figure on that.
Also I'm making a real beebread. In my bread maker instead of plain water I'm adding that amount in a hop shot of Cascade I'm extracting tonight and let cool in the refrigerator.
Making my starter for my steam beer. Going to be using wlp810 San Fran lager yeast. Made a steam beer but used us-05 so technically it's an ale and not a hybrid but I'll compare and contrast the real steam vs the feux steam...