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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