Today was a blonde ale... in my crazy head a blonde ale is a cream ale at a little higher OG and with a little more freedom on SRM and gran bill. I know classically I should use Windsor or an English ale yeast but I usually use US05. And this one is destined to have strawberry flavor added, so no reason for a yeast with any complication at all. Truth be told this one is for SWMBO and her girl friends. It is a classic summer beer. Ill probably brew a wheat next weekend and that one too will have a flavoring added (apricot or raspberry). Easy way to create fun summer beers. My new fermentation chamber can hold 6, 5 gallon fermenters so... yeah, lets fill them all. When that is done, Ill begin my Lagers and Stouts. I know many of you brew lagers in the winter for summer, but I brew them in the summer with Wyeast 2112. The idea is to have plenty of non challenging beers around for football season, and to build a series of beers on one yeast cake (standard lager, premium lager, bock, ocktoberfest)
Today was also a traditional brew day. No partial mash or BIAB. A relatively small grain bill meant it was time to use the 2, 2 gallon beverage coolers with the bags as filters. Using the bags as filters means you don't need to vorlauf. A quality voile bag will create a clear grain free wort. Nice time savings. Even though I could't chill my beer, it was still a fun brew day, and I continued to learn a lot about the Cajun Injector as a brew kettle. I think I actually figured out my main practices from here on out. So regardless of how the beer turns out this was a great brew day. Crazy as it may sound I plan on brewing Partial Mash, most all of the time. A grain bill up to 6 lbs with 2 lbs of DME means I need about 3 gallons of water for strike, 2 gallons of 170 F for the rinse, and 2.25 gallons addition. It's the addition that makes this perfect... Into the addition, on the stove top, I dissolve my DME. I bring it slowly to near boiling. This weekend Ill post a step by step of how I rule the brewing world with my Janky, Ghetto Set Up.