Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First Brew

Ok so back in Oct we brewed our first batch of beer. We went with a double bock kit from www.homebrewheaven.com called "Procrastinator Bock". You can see pictures from that day here.

Things went really well on that brew and we are still waiting on it to finish fermenting. Starting gravity was 1.082 or about 10-11% ABV (estimated). We won't know what the result will be until it is done. As of last night the bock was still bubbling away in the airlock. We lagered this batch so it can take awhile to finish up.

We did a "mini-mash" with this kit and it was fun. We will probably do a full mash in the next couple of brews. Can't wait to do that!

This batch is around 5 gallons. Which will make around 48 - 52 12 ounces bottles of beer when done.

I put this batch in a secondary fermenter after 4 weeks in the primary. Kinda thought it wasn't going to take when we first pitched the yeast, took like 36 hours to see any signs of fermentation. Once it got going though it has been going strong ever since. The reading was around 1.040 when I put it in the secondary. The temp has been around 55 -45 degrees. (Need to build a better fermentation cabinet).

Will post how this brew turns out. Will also post on our second batch we just did last weekend on Nov 7, which was "National show your friends how to brew day".

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