August 21, 2011
Well, the new baby has arrived and life is slowly getting into a routine. I’ve been on time off for the last two weeks for the birth and while it has been a crazy ride of sleep deprivation and poor nutrition, I did manage to use one afternoon to do another small batch to get the beer flowing again.
The brew day went fairly smooth considering the fact that 80% of my brain wasn’t functioning. I guess there’s something to be said for muscle memory. The grist was mashed at 150F for an hour and was batch sparged twice yielding a 3 gallon pre-boil volume. Looking back, I forgot to adjust the water volumes for using leaf hops instead of pellet and only ended with ~2 gallons in the fermenter. Ah well, it’s better than no beer.
I also only used half of the starter that I had going of the Wyeast 1272 American II strain and continued to step it up for an upcoming brew of what we call ‘Football Beer’ ( our house blonde ale ). Fermentation control is a little different since my freezer stopped working, so I’ve resorted to putting two frozen gallon jugs in to cool it off and swapping them every twelve hours. It’s kept a consistent temp between 62 and 64F. Not bad.
I’ll probably try to get a few beer reviews up this coming month as well as hopefully getting a blonde ale brewday and maybe a big barleywine to celebrate the birth of our son.