There is something to be said for a hobby that has held my interest for over two years now. A closet full of equipment from different sports, adventures and mistakes alike. It is far too easy for a voraciously curious person to burn out on these. Homebrewing has been a wonderful break into this as there both are far too many things to learn and even then people like Brulosopher like proving those wrong.
The BrewUnited challenge is no exception to this as it pushes us beyond just brewing what we like how we like to. For myself, that is to put into practice some techniques that I have only heard of yet, Wort Caramelization and the Long Boil. These sound simple yet these tools are not often used with modern crystal malts and de-bittered dark malts for sweetness and color. But they fit perfectly within the bounds of making something special for the challenge.
Starter 24h before
The RecipeStyle: 9E - Strong Scotch Ale
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5 gallon
Boil Time: (120 min) ~160 min
Original Gravity: (1.088) 1.084 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.027 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.1 %
Bitterness: 20.0 IBUs
Note: (stuff in parenthesis) out is Intended vs what mischief ensued...
|13 lbs||Pilsner (2 Row) UK||Grain||Mash||68%|
|4 lbs||Munich 10L (Briess)||Grain||Mash||21%|
|1 lbs||Crystal 60, 2-Row, (Great Western)||Grain||Mash||5%|
|1 lbs||Wheat, Flaked||Grain||Mash||5%|
|0.75 oz||Challenger [7.50 %]||Hop||Boil 60.0 min||15.9 IBUs|
|0.50 oz||Perle [8.00 %]||Hop||Boil 10.0 min||4.1 IBUs|
|Starter||Edinburgh Ale (White Labs #WLP028)||Yeast||Pitch Temp||-|
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Awesome write up! It's amazing how close our processes ended up being. I also boiled down and caramelized by first wort (reduced it to 1/6th of original volume), and did an extended boil (3 hours). Good luck!
posted by chino_brews on 7/24/2015 at 09:49:08 PM
Thanks for sharing your creative process, interesting write up. One bit of advice; I noticed in the photo at the top that your starter had a cap and airlock on the top. You will get more growth and healthier cells by just covering the top loosely with sanitized foil on the stir plate. Yeast need oxygen at this stage to make sterols and unsaturated fatty acids for their cell membranes--which they need in order to grow and divide.
posted by tracyy on 8/08/2015 at 10:21:25 AM
Tags for this post: 2015 BrewUnited Challenge, Strong Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy, Long Boil, 120m Boil, Caramelization