So this weekend was both a great brew day an opportunity to pass the brewing torch (kind of I guess). I was lucky enough to get a helping hand from friend of CNYBrew Jess who wanted to witness all-grain brewing in action. I say it’s passing the torch because 4 or 5 years ago I went to Pete’s house and witnessed my first all-grain brew. It reminded me of how crazy the process sounds compared to when you actually see it in action.
Anyway, this weekend I started at about 1pm after one of my football games. This was a 10 gallon brew of oatmeal stout that would make Wilford Brimley proud. This was another in the line of my “simple brews” where I’ve tried to scale down the complexity of my recipe’s with hope of letting the style shine through and decide what beers I really like.
Now with this beer, I started out with a 21bix first running (1.088), 16 brix (1.066) after the first sparge and 11 brix (1.045) in the last running. The pre-boil gravity was 1.063 and after a 1 hr boil, the OG was 1.071, compared to the estimated 1.064. I added two table spoons of gypsum to the mash with hopes of getting the water treated to be a little more like that water in Dublin.
At the end of the day, the wort looked and smelled great. I have high hopes for this brew. Lets see how everything turns out in the end. On another note, I have to say that I really enjoy the day brewing over the morning brewing we usually do. I got to drink a few beers and had some neighbors stop by.
It was great to have Jess out there to participate in a brew day and if anyone wants to stop by, feel free to email me at email@example.com or hit me up on twitter @cnybrew.