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Brew 9: First Recipe: Pale Ale
After doing research on recipe design (primarily by reading Designing Great Beers and Brewing Classic Styles, and following the /r/homebrewing Tuesday recipe critique threads), I was ready for my first attempt at recipe. Following feedback from a discussion thread, I settled on this recipe.
I can highly recommend this approach, as it cuts a good deal of time from the brewday with no perceived downside (by me, at least).
Brew day went mostly smoothly, other than a slightly low mash temp (1-2 degrees).
Brew 5: Second All-Grain + BrewPi
The installation was anything but pretty, using powerswitch tails stuck to the side with mounting tape to control the fridge and fermwrap. While not ideal, the door gasket sealed well enough to stay in the mid-30s with wires running past it into the fridge.
I picked another highly rated kit from Northern Brewer, Waldo Lake Amber. I also grabbed my local water report and plugged the numbers into Bru'n Water. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing with it yet, but I was pretty good at blindly adjusting numbers until things turned green.
This brew was a bit of a learning experience on my system. I undershot mash temp, which I tried to adjust… which led to overshooting mash volumes and undershooting boil gravity. But, I had miscalculated mash tun dead space (protip: when measuring dead...
I started homebrewing with a friend several years back, doing all extract+specialty grain. The beer was fine, but not great… brewing was just a fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon while hanging out. I knew there were many improvements to be made, but that was a rabbit hole I wasn’t ready to go down. We made ~20 batches this way, primarily to have beer on tap for parties (kegging upgrade came after bottling 1 batch...).
In mid-2012, I moved and didn’t brew for a couple years. But during this time, I became much more interested in the rapidly growing variety and quality of available beer. After re-reading How To Brew a couple years later, I decided to get back into it.
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