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(Read more after the break to find out what my secret weapon is this time.)
So I'm not changing much but I expect it to be better? Hops aged the right way. In a brown paper bag on my shelf. They've sat quietly aging and changing for around two years now. It's amazing that it has been that long already. What difference does it make? I have no idea. I know the oven prepared hops smell a touch crisp when they are done and these hops shouldn't have that.
This mash will be a stepped infusion mash lasting 2 hours. When I used a similar turbid mash the beer was very starchy. Despite doubling my brew time I feel like it was worth it.
Also making a comeback here is the slurry of yeast from my sanctification clone. If you'll remember(if you read it) this started out as ECY brett blend 9 to which I added ECY bug farm 5. This created a complex sour ale that was fairly good with white peach. I took the rest of the batch and added it to cherries I bought this summer straight from the orchard and about as ripe as you can get. I saved some of the slurry and re pitched it in a starter. I believe some things were still alive because the starter foamed after a day or two and looked like a normal starter. I can't say enough good things about the way that batch turned out. In comparison to the others it was fresh, grassy, grainy, and tart. I'll really hoping that this turns out and I can keep using this sample of yeast and microbes.
5 lbs Canadian Pilsner (2.0 SRM) 43.5 % Down 1 lbs
2 lbs Wheat, White Malt (1.6 SRM) 17.4 % Split into two types
2 lbs Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) 17.4 % Split from other wheat malt
2 lbs Flaked Oats (1.0 SRM) 17.4 % Up 1 lbs
8 oz Carapils (3.0 SRM) 4.3 % New
3.0 oz Lambic Hops [0.00 %] - Boil 90.0 min 0.0 IBUs
A re-pitch of a successful sour culture restarted from an old vial.
Name Description Temp Time
Mash In Add 4.30 qt of water at 135.1 F/ 113.0 F 25 min
Mash Step Add 2.33 qt of water at 209.9 F/ 138.0 F 5 min
Mash Step Add 1.80 qt of water at 210.6 F/ 150.0 F 30 min
Mash Step Add 2.69 qt of water at 211.1 F/ 162.0 F 20 min
Mash Step Add 1.90 qt of water at 211.5 F/ 168.0 F 20 min
Sparge: Batch sparge with 1 steps (5.10 gal) of 168.0 F water
The mash was slow, and that made it go super slow in the early going. Brewing outside when it's cold is also a challenge. You can escape the cold by ignoring your brew but why bother brewing then. No the solutions as always is to belly up to the bar and take your medicine. Brrr. The boil went fine and as I type this the chiller is turning my driveway into a sheet of ice. I'll report again if this doesn't start fermenting in a week or so. (I give microbes and brett more time before I panic)