I have a brew date for the Rauchbier – October 10.
As I mentioned before, I am going to make a 3 gallon starter – basically a ferment a small beer first, siphon it off, and then pour the Rauchbier wort on top of the yeast bed in the fermenter.
The other idea I was thinking about is decoction mashing. Do you think it’s –
A) Worth doing?
B) Can be done effectively via a batch sparging method?
If I have time, I will also get a cheap water filteration system going. I would like to buy a shower head filter to hook up to my utility sink in my basement and use it to brew.
I like planning stuff or at least thinking about it. At some point it becomes counterproductive to do too much in one brew session.