This is the 3rd brew I've done in my new house. I've been doing 11 gallon batches lately but decided to do a 5 gallon batch today. This beer is based on a recipe from Dave Millers "brew like a pro" book named 3 rings Blond ale. I added flaked wheat and subbed crystal hops instead of cluster.

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6 lbs 2 row 1 lb flaked wheat 1 lb flaked maize
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Water filter setup
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My brew notes.
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Heating up the mash tun
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Mash water at 168. This will allow me to mash the grains at 154.
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Mashing the grains.
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Mash at 154 for 60 minutes.
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Mash out! I use a gravity fed system so I collect the wort in a bucket then add it to the boil kettle. I've thought about buying a pump but I'm very happy with the way this works.
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Grain bed after mash out. I then sparged at 170 for 10 minutes.
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I was afraid that I didn't collect enough wort so I heated up 1 1/2 gallons more water just in case. It turned out that I didn't need it. I hit my target of 7 gallons. Sometimes you just have to trust the numbers.
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1 oz crystal hops and safale us05
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Hops added directly to the boil kettle
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After I added the hops I stirred it well so they didn't stick to the side of the kettle.
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I put the immersion chiller in at 15 left in the boil to sanitize it. I added a half tab of whirlfloc at 12 minutes.
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Once chilled I opened the valve and put it in the fermenter. This works well and oxygenates the wort at the same time.
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Check out the foam. That's not from Star San. That's from the transfer from the boil kettle. I sprinkle the dry yeast directly onto the foam and seal the fermenter. Once the airlock is in place I fill it with a clear alcohol like vodka.
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Swamp cooler at 64 degrees. I don't have a fermenting fridge yet so this will have to do for now. The OG is 1.042 so it's going to ferment out around 4% abv. I will ferment for one week, then cold crash for 1 week. Then I will transfer to a keg with unflavored gelatin and put the gas on 15 psi for 5 - 7 days.

That's it! About 4 hours from start to finish.

 


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Roy Stephens
11/02/2013 5:59pm

I decided to bottle this beer instead of kegging it. I gave a case to a bmc drinking co-worker who loved it! I think it came out great for a light beer. Next time I might brew it without the corn to see I like it better.

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