My strike temp was 163.5*F to hit my target mash temp of 153*F and held for 90 mins. It smelled almost like coffee throughout the house during the mash :). I accidentally let the strike water cool too much before adding the grains on this batch. So I had to quickly heat up a quart of boiling water to add to the mash. That ended up putting my mash a little thicker than I wanted being around 1.44 qts/lb.
because of rain I ended up starting the boil in the garage. Started with a very full boil (8.75) because of additional hot water added during the mash to maintain the target temperature. Ended up boiling for 90 mins and collected 5.5 gals (leaving 0.5gal of trub behind).
During cooling the garage door functioned as a convenient place to place to stick my wired thermometer. My OG reading came in around 1.064 which puts me at a brew house eff of 80% on this batch. After cooling the wort down into the lower 70s I whirl-pooled the kettle and drained the wort into the carboy. Then as normal added oxygen using a diffusion stone and an aquarium pump.
I pitched 2 packs of WYeast - 1084 Irish Ale. The packs were dated to be about a month old. Thinking that the yeast should be plenty viable I felt no need for a starter. After about a few days of fermentation I noticed the air lock had stopped bubbling. So I took a hydrometer sample and saw evidence of a stuck ferment (hydrometer reading of 1.034). I quickly took and re-hydrated a package of US-05 dry yeast I had laying around (just for cases such as this) and pitched it in the carboy then gently stirred the yeast cake on the bottom back into solution. 24 hours later I did not see any signs of further fermentation. So I decided to make a starter out of another package of US-05 and pitch at high krausen. That seems to have worked. 4 days later I'm at 1.020. I'll give it another week then bottle carb/condition.
|Sanitizing bottles and adding priming sugar solution to bottling bucket|
|Transferring beer to bottling bucket and gently stirring to mix in the priming sugar|
|Placed bottling bucket on top of refrigerator to get better gravity flow|