The Kitchen Sink
After doing some yard work on Saturday I decided it was time to head over to the shop and pick out a batch of beer. As usual, I didn’t have any plans on what I was going to make. At first I thought I would brew a hefeweizen considering it was a supposed to be warm the next couple of days and unfortunately I do not have a temperature controlled fermentation area. I do not mind a hefeweizen getting a little estery.
After some time had passed and I still couldn’t decide what to brew. I asked one of the guys at the shop for some suggestions on what I should brew. My friend Tim had said he always wanted to use a little bit of every grain we carry at Homebrew Heaven. Considering I had already had a couple beers, the idea sounded awesome!
I am not going to right out every grain on the recipe but it was essentially;
1.5 lbs every specialty grain Homerew Heaven carries (around .5 of an ounce each I did not use a scale).
8.5 lbs of 2-row
2 oz Crystal Leaf Hops @3.5 AA(60 min bittering)
2oz Crystal Leaf Hops @3.5 AA (10 min flavoring)
2 oz Crystal Leaf Hops @3.5 AA (0 min finishing)
# 1728 Scottish Ale Yeast
This may look like a strange recipe to you, but that’s only because it is. I was given a 1 lb bag of Crystal Leaf hops due to some mix up with an order from our supplier. As for the Scottish Ale Yeast, It was reused from my previous Scottish Ale I had brewed the week before.
On Sunday is when I started the brew, this was around 9:00 am. I wanted to get started pretty early due to the fact it was Mothers Day and I had plans with my mother for dinner.
After I had just finished mashing and sparging my grains into my brew pot, I realized that I had forgotten to screw my kettle screen in to the brewpot to strain out the hops. When only using leaf hops (pellet hops can clog the screen), I like to use the kettle screen. After thinking for a moment, I remembered I had some nylon straining bags that I had left over from winemaking season. As it turns out, our nylon straining bag fits our 8 gallon pots perfectly.
After looking at this, I thought it was going to work out beautifully, but wait… what am I going to do when I have to put my wort chiller into pot? My chiller sits on the bottom of the pot, won’t it burn? There was only one way to find out.
After bringing the pot up to a boil with the chiller in It, I felt pretty confident there was not going to be any problems. Away went the first addition of Crystal Hops.
Everything went ok. I chilled the beer down after my last addition of hops, hit the wort with 30 seconds of pure oxygen using my oxygenation system, added my Scottish Ale slurry from the beer I had transferred while sparging and viola!