My First Bottles

What a day.

If you like doing dishes you will love brewing. LOL

I just kegged and bottled my 120 Minute Hefeweizen that I brewed on National Home Brew Day.

This is the first time I’ve bottled any of my beer. Everything I’ve brewed in the past had gone straight to the keg.  I’ve done this mainly because it’s easier and I like having my beer on tap.  However, I’ve always thought that I’d like to bottle a little of each batch to keep around to see how it changes as it ages. This batch gave me the motivation because there is a competition at Hopman’s Beer and Wine Making Supply for the people that brewed on National Home Brew Day. The winner will get their beer made into a kit and sold in the store.  Three bottles need to be submitted for the comp so I figured I’d bottle a few more at the same time.

Bottling was surprisingly easy. I’m not sure why I waited so long to do it.  I used priming tablets so that I didn’t need to mix up a batch of priming sugar. Other than that and cleaning some bottles the only additional step I had was transferring from the fermenter to a bottling bucket. Easy peasy.

So now I have 12 bottles carbing and the keg is chilling. I tried a warm, flat sample and I think it has potential. It finished out at 5.2% and dry hopping with the Hull Melon hops have given it an edge it wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Memorial Day IPA Part 3

Finally done and cleaned up.

This is the closest I’ve ever come to hitting my predicted values. Other than starting of slow and a huge downpour right as I stated chilling there were no issues today. I expect that to mean the beer is going to taste like crap.  Haha

I finished up today with a gravity of 1.062, which should yield about 6.5% ABV. Hopefully is a very citrusy, easy drinking beer.

Tomorrow I plan on kegging and bottling the 120 Minute Hefeweizen that I brewed on National Home Brew Day. It’s been ready for a few days and I can’t wait to see how it turned out.

Hopefully everyone is having a good Memorial Day and remembering with this holiday is really about.

Memorial Day IPA Part 1

I don’t really know what to say about today. To me Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many men and women of our armed forces that allow us to do the things we enjoy doing on this day off.

After you are set up, cleaned up, and mashing there isn’t a lot to do for an hour and a half. The brewing process allows plenty of down time for reflection.

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Today I’m set up under the front porch. There is a pretty good chance of thunderstorms and I wanted to avoid the fallout of helicopters from our maple trees on the back porch. 

Today was supposed to be a simultaneous double brew day,  but some difficulties with my new burner and the other kettle have made me change my plans.

It’s been a rough start to the day,  hopefully that means all the issues are out of the way and the rest of the day will be smooth sailing. Yeah,  right…

Morel Mushrooms Spent Grain Style

Last weekend my parents brought us some freshly picked morel mushrooms when they came to visit.

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I’m sure there are many ways to prepare morels, but what better way than frying them in butter could there be?  Haha!

That’s exactly what we did the first night. The only difference is that instead of using off the shelf batter like Drake’s mix we used some of my spent grain flour.

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Tonight we made the rest of them.  This time though I thought we could make them healthier by not frying them in butter. We tried just baking them.

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That was a mistake.  They turned out ok, but nowhere near as good as with the butter.

I think next time we will just stick with frying them.