Monday, October 29, 2012

Batch 1: 'Merican IPA: Brewing Day

I started my second batch yesterday. You can find the full ingredient list here. Here was the program:
  1. Boil 4 gallons of water and set aside.
  2. Steep 10 oz. of CaraPils in 2 gallons of water for 30 min. at 155º and 10 minutes off heat.
  3. Add LME off heat and boil to break for 45 minutes.
  4. Hop.
    1. 0.7 oz. T-60 min.
    2. 0.7 oz. T-45 min.
    3. 0.7 oz. T-30 min.
    4. 0.7 oz. T-15 min.
    5. 0.7 oz. 0 min. for 10 minutes off heat
  5. Chill in ice water bath to break.
  6. Combine wort and water in carboy.
  7. Measure original gravity.
  8. Aerate wort.
  9. Pitch yeast when wort is below 68º.
The original gravity ended up being 1.078 (corrected from 1.076 at 77º). More on this in the next post.

The 4 gallons that I had initially set aside did not cool as quickly as I expected so the wort ended up being about 90º. I left that to cool in the carboy overnight.

I'll be dry hopping an additional 0.7 oz. of hops when fermentation has slowed and I replace the blowoff tube with the airlock.

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