Brew Day of Firsts
Posted on January 3, 2011 by mike
This weekend I brewed up my first batch of beer in a few months. With the move, limited space and lack of cash, I’ve had to hold off on brewing. However, the New Year brings new hope! So I brewed up a batch. Instead of writing about it to much, I made a video diary of the brew day for you. Check it out to get an idea of what brew day was like. I had some ups and downs. The main problem I had was the fact that I didn’t remember that my wort chiller has no tubes on it, so it was worthless. On top of that, I found out my sink doesn’t put out cold water, just warm and hot. So my ice bath melted right of way. I ended up covering it up and putting it in the fridge for 5 hours. All in all, I think its going to be ok. Fermentation started within 12 hours.
Aside from this being my first batch in Portland, it was the first batch I made with a custom recipe. Jesse, a reader of MBR gave me a porter recipe through Facebook. Also, this last week, Beer Tools hooked me up with a free copy of their software to check out. So I took the recipe into Beer Tools and made a few alterations and additions. I’ve got a Baltic Porter by style, but I decided to add in some Nestle Cocoa. I’ve never used Cocoa in homebrewing so this should be interesting. I did some research and decided to put 10 TBSP, in 5 gallons. The wort was a bit sweet, but I’m hoping my other ingredients will come together and meld it out and all I get is some chocolate. I’ll keep you up to date on that. It was an experiment and one of the best ways to learn right?
Here is the recipe. If it turns out good, I’ll edit it and get a link together for you guys to download if you want. Otherwise, check out the video to see more detail about the brew day.
Mike’s Porter (Working Title LOL)
8 oz Domestic Black Patent Malt
8 oz North American Crystal Malt 60 L
8 oz Chocolate Malt
7 lbs Amber LME
1 lbs Light DME
1 oz Fuggle 4.0 AA (60 min)
.5 oz Willamette 7.6 AA (30 min)
.5 oz Willamette 7.6 AA (10 min)
1 oz Willamette 7.6 AA (5 min)
10 Tbsp Nestle Unsweetened Cocoa (30 min)
The usual. Steeped at 155 degrees or so for 20 minutes, then added in all my fermentables. Bring up to a boil and add the hops after the hot break. Add the hops during the schedule above. Tossed in 10 Tbsp of Cocoa at 30 minutes into the boil. Cooled it down to 70 ish degrees and pitch my yeast.