Brew Day Debrief: Kitchen Sink Extract

I haven’t brewed in a long time, way too long. For plenty of reasons, it has been nearly impossible to carve out 5 hours on a weekend to make it happen. Plus, I’ve been prepping for the BJCP exam, so brewing as been second to drinking and studying leading up to that. But now I’ve taken the exam, and I’ve been pushing myself to open up the weekend shop and brewing time. So, I decided to do something quick and easy, an extract batch.

Heres the recipe for a 2 gallon batch:

  • 3.3lbs Briess Light Pilsner LME
  • 1lb rolled oats steeped for 20 minutes
  • 0.3oz Falconers Flight 7C’s – 60 minutes
  • 0.2oz each of Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe – 5 minutes
  • 0.2oz each of Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe – Whirlpool / Chilling
  • 0.6oz each of Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe – 7 Day Dry Hop

This is what I am affectionately calling the Kitchen Sink Extract Pale Ale. It is using up a few older bags of Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe I had in the fridge from my Hop Hands clone attempts, and a very old back of the 7C’s I didn’t even know I had. The oats were thrown in just for fun, not really expecting any real contribution…I just wanted to add something. Not sure really wether to call this a Pale Ale or an IPA. It doesn’t quite have the gravity for an IPA, but it has the bitterness.

I nailed that estimated gravity I got from Beersmith. Nice boil for 90 minutes. Nothing out of the ordinary.

I’ve been experimenting with different ways of cooling. I have my wort chiller, but I don’t have a hose line to connect it to, so I use a simple submersible pump. Usually I’ll run that from a bucket in the kitchen, but that has been a bit messy at times, so I started running it in the shower. That has been much cleaner, and moving the 2 gallon container isn’t hard…however, I’ve had to move the vessel again after chilling to transfer into the fermenter bucket. This time, I took the time to plan a bit better and came up with this system:

The next step is to add a valve to this kettle to make transferring to the fermenter easier, and cleaner hopefully following the whirlpool.

On the brew system to do list for this week:

  • Make room in the beer fridge for a fermenter bucket to cold crash / dry hop next week. Maybe do a gelatin fining addition as well? This batch seemed super truby.
  • Put the a valve on this boil kettle.
  • Design / Order Parts for the recirculation sprayer on the electric mash tun system. Maybe clean up the pump arrangement rather than leaving it floating on the table. Maybe look into quick release fittings?
  • Move the fermenter from the hot water bath with the aquarium heater, into the fridge with the microspace heater.
  • Plan batch for brewing this weekend…if I have time over the weekend…maybe a snowday batch?!

 

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