My grains and yeast arrived on Friday so I was prepared to brew on Sunday morning. The hops didn’t need to be purchased, because the Autumn ale called for homegrown ones.
Since this year’s harvest was plentiful, I had enough hops to try out some hopping techniques like first wort hopping. After the first runnings were in my kettle, I added a half ounce of my Cascade hops to take a swim while I sparged the grains to get to my full boil volume.
There was a mishap with my mashtun during this brew day. The tube that connects the false bottom with the tun’s spigot got disconnected during the mash. To get things flowing again, I poured the grains and liquor into another cooler, fitted the tube back in place, and then returned the mash contents back to the tun. Clearly, that was not an ideal situation but I felt victorious in finding a workable solution that allow me to continue with the brew day. It would have been a tragedy if everything had to come to a halt at that point.
The Magnum hops were used as my bittering charge and they were added right at the start of the boil. They do have a nice non-funky, non-fruity flavor so they can be used to give your beer a hoppy, bitter background taste on which you can build upon with some bolder flavors.
I had a 10 minute hop addition of Cascade hops and at flameout. the remainder of the bag were added which turned out to be 1.25 ounces. There was no need to save them for another brew. This Autumn ale needed more hops.
The only other not-so-smooth moment was when I pitched my yeast. Both vials of the WLP001 exploded when I removed the cap like shook-up soda bottles. It seemed like there was some kind of pressure change that made the yeast vials to spray out like that. Weird. Anybody else encounter that – exploding yeast vials?
Anyway – photos! BREW ON!