"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy." (Benjamin Franklin)
Many of our founding fathers brewed beer and distilled spirits. In fact in colonial times, Americans probably drank more alcohol that in any other era. Spirits were an integral part of daily life throughout the colonies no matter the geographic or economic differences. The English believed that water was bad for a person's health. Given the sanitary standards of the day, this was probably true. Beer consumption, especially, was seen as a healthy substitute for water.
|Pre-Heating Mash-Tun and New|
So... Up until this current brew, I had been using my refrigerator to get the filtered water I use for brewing. This normally resulted in the first hour and a half of my brew day standing in front of the refrigerator slowly filling a gallon pitcher, dumping it into a pot and repeating this process until I collected 8.5-9 gallons of water. On my last brew day I ended up collecting the last drop of water I needed and then the water pump on the refrigerator went out. That's how I found out that the refrigerator is not designed to work that hard. So after I got the refrigerator fixed, I bought a water filter and hose that would connect and disconnect to the kitchen faucet.
I ended up going with a thick mash (1.12 qt/lb) as I have with most of my recent brews. During recirculation I noticed, with the wheat in this mash, that it took a lot longer to set the grain bed to get a clear wort run off. In fact, I don't think I ever got it to run 100% clear. After recirculation I drained the mash into the brew kettle with the bittering hop addition for a first wort hop (FWH) then started the first of two batch sparges at 170*F, recirculated and drained into the brew kettle. I ended up collecting 8.5 gallons of wort at a specific gravity of 1.048. After starting the boil I actually forgot to start the boil timer. Because of this, I didn't start the 60 min. timer until 15 minus into the boil. That wasn't a big deal though as I was planning to do around a 90 min boil time on this brew anyway.
|Adding the molasses to the boil|
|Rapidly cooling the wort|
|OG of 1.072 and next day strong ferment|
|Founding Fathers Ale Label|
|Founding Fathers Ale|
Molasses Wheat Beer