Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bavarian Hefeweizen Brew Day Tomorrow!

Well things got kinda busy on Friday with the family and cleaning I didn't get around to brewing on Saturday.  But I do plan on firing up the propane burner tomorrow and brewing away.  I will be brewing up a Bavarian Hefeweizen kit from Northern Brewer.  One of my favorite styles of beer to drink.  Especially in the spring and summer.  Just so refreshing.  I have heard good things about this kit so I am really looking forward to it.

I did get to make my starter the other night and boy this yeast I am using (Wyeast 3068) is crazy.  Made a 1 liter starter on Wednesday evening and by Thursday morning the thing had a krausen on it 6 inches tall.  Came home after 10 hours at work and the thing had over flowed out of the 1/2 gallon growler.  I was a little pissed about losing some of the starter as I hate to see the yeast that I built up spilled onto my ledge in the basement but nothing I can really do about it now.  Stuck it into the fridge on Friday night to cold crash it in order to decant the starter liquid and checked on it this morning and didn't have the large yeast layer that I was hoping for.  I still think I will have enough yeast for this brew but was really expecting to have a 3 inch think yeast cake on the bottom.  I guess I will have to do with what I got.

Even though I didn't get to brew today I did get to bottle my Sierra Madre Pale Ale.  The thing smelled amazing coming out of the fermenter.  Didn't end up with 5 gallons as I had a good amount of trub at the bottom but that's okay.  I will bump up my batches to try and get 5.25 into the fermenter so I can hopefully end up with 5 gallons at bottling time.  I am excited that I am trying out the Coors Light home draft bottle for my homebrew.  Bottled 1.5 gallons in that and I will let it sit for three weeks before screwing on a CO2 cartridge and trying this bad boy out.  Will let you know how it turns out.

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