r@fink brews

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bob's big brewing adventure

Bob's brewery is on the third and final brew this week. It will be the last for a while due to the fact that I only have three large carboys to use as fermenters. Today's brew is a smoked porter which I have named "Rasta. My sweet stout is in the fridge carbing up and should be ready in a day or two.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Irish Red revisited

Yup I'm brewing again today! I haven't brewed an Irish red in ages and it's called "Put 'em Up". Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Brew day disaster

I brewed up a Scottish ale today under less than perfect conditions. It was one of those days where nothing was going right and I was fumbling around through the whole batch. The worst event was when I loaded up the mash tun with the strike water and grain and left it to mash for it's 60 minutes. I left the room to sanitize the chiller returning 15 minutes later to find my entire first runnings all over the kitchen floor. Some dumbass left the valve open! I added more water and continued the mash but had to add DME to the wort to make up for the loss of the sweet wort. Let's hope I have better luck with tomorrow's Irish Red!
I also finished off the Amber today, kegged the Gnucastle, and started carbing the sweet stout.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gnucastle racked

I racked the Gnucastle to the secondary Thursday. My Amber got carbonated in time for the weekend festivities on the 3rd and was a hit with the relatives.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Hey! Porter........ empty

The Porter has gone away and the Amber Ale is now in it's place in the fridge. I don't think it will be carbed up for this weekend's festivities.