Thursday, May 05, 2022

Colorado Vienna Lager (Batch 310)

Remember that in my post "Disappearing Beer" I shared that I didn't get to drink most of my first batch of Colorado Vienna Lager?

Heck ... I didn't even get to check it in on Untappd! (Yes, I check in most of my homebrewed beers on Untappd).

I've been wanting to brew Colorado Vienna Lager again so I could enjoy more of the beer.

Friday, I got the Root Shoot malts at my favorite homebrew shop, so that I could brew it on the weekend.

On Saturday, I prepared my water and set the timer to heat up while I was sleeping. I got up early Sunday to brew ...

Last time I brewed this, it snowed overnight and I brewed in the garage. This time, I was able to brew outside on my patio.

I got up around 5:30 am and added my grains to the strike water.

The mash went pretty well. My pre-boil volume was a bit high and my gravity a bit low. Just like last time, I simply boiled for about 15 minutes before starting the boil timer, and this seemed to be enough to get me back on track.

I remembered to add everything I needed to add at the right times on the boil. 

The OG came out at 1.051, close enough to the planned 1.052 that I'm ok with it.

Since Sunday was more spring-like than most of recent brew days, I ended up having to use the pond pump with ice water to get the wort down into lager pitching temperature.

But, it got there fairly quickly. I had the fermentor in the basement and the yeast pitched a little after 10am.

Fermentation was going pretty good by the end of the day Monday, and has been going strong since then.

I expect I'll keg around mid-month.

Stay tuned, and I'll probably let you know how it tastes.

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