Monday, February 14, 2022

Colorado Vienna Lager (Batch 306)

I brewed a Vienna lager yesterday.

It is only my third batch of beer this year, but it was my 306th of my brewing "career".

As I've mentioned a few times on this blog, I've been using Root Shoot malts quite a bit lately.

One of my favorite homebrew shops has been featuring their malts, and I have really like the character that I get from the ones I've used so far.

Much like the Colorado Strong IPA (Batch 305), I designed the recipe with all Colorado malts. As I mentioned I really like the Vienna malt from Root Shoot, and this beer used it as its base.

I called the recipe:

As I do most of the time, I prepared my water the day before and set the Foundry's timer to start heating the strike water overnight so the I could start brewing right away when I woke up on Sunday.

There was snow on my patio, and so I brewed in the garage.

I was up around 4:30. I took my time with the mash.

Everything went pretty well. My pre-boil gravity was a touch low, but I boiled 15 minutes to get it up to the expected gravity.

The boil went as expected.

I did come up a little low on my OG. Lately, this has been happening to me more than not.

I'm not sure if I need to reduce my boil-off rate or maybe just reduce my expected brew-house efficiency. 

It isn't a huge deal. Once I start drinking the beers, I don't really care that it is lower in alcohol than designed, but I would like to get this Anvil system dialed in a little better.

Regardless, I had the yeast pitched before 9AM and clean up was done a little bit later.

Note, I also smoked a brisket, but I'll tell you about that in my next blog post.

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