Homebrewing: Northern Brewer Imperial Stout
Posted on April 19, 2010 by mike
Today’s brew day taught me two very important lessons that I will never forget or take for granted again. Aside from making a very large mess all over my house, including the driveway, it was a very productive day, yielding me 54 more soldiers to drink and a bubbling fermenter with an Imperial Stout from Northern Brewer in it within 3 hours of racking the wort into the fermenter.
First things first, I had to bottle my Scottish 60 Schilling from Northern Brewer as well. Since both brews use the Scottish Ale yeast, I decided to reuse the yeast cake again since it worked the last time with the EPA. The first part of the day provided me with another 2 cases of beer to drink. But more importantly, a healthy amount of yeast to reuse on a big beer. It looked like a tornado went through our kitchen when I was done. I had cleaned bottles the night before so all my dishes were out and I had bottles every where. Add my bottling equipment on top of that and it was nothing short of pig sty.
On to the homebrew lessons I learned today.
The first thing I learned today is that no matter how much you know about homebrewing and how many times you’ve brewed, there is always a learning curve when you brew in a different environment. I really enjoyed brewing outside, but I found myself scrambling a couple of times because I had forgotten something or I was using water from the faucet on the side of the house instead of the sink.
The second and more important lesson I learned is to never, and I mean NEVER pitch in 2 ounces of hops at the end of a boil in a vigorous, “Here are your hops, you boiling pot” fashion. I tossed my hops in quickly and at the same time and my wort spit them back at me and onto my driveway. I knew there was going to be kick back, but I didn’t expect it to literally explode like the old volcano experiments in elementary school did. Needless to say I was pissed, but another homebrewing lesson learned I suppose.
Have you learned any hard lessons in your homebrewing adventures?
Brew Day Journal Stats
.5 lbs Simpsons Roasted Barley
.5 lbs Simpsons Black Malt
.5 lbs Simpsons Chocolate
6 lbs Dark LME (60 min)
6 lbs Dark LME (15 min)
2 oz Summit (60 min)
2 oz Cascade (15 min)
Reused Cake from Wyeast Scottish Ale 1728
O.G. 1.076 | F.G. | ABV:
Review to come!