Good brew morning to you…  The Irish Red Ale is in the fermenter and sitting in my coat closet off the living room.

Here are some photos from the day:


Irish Red Ale Cooling Irish Red Ale Gravity Reading

Just some notes from the brew day:

  • I cold steeped the grains overnight so they were ready in the morning.  It appeared to work, I guess. It tasted the way I think it should have tasted.
  • During the boil, I could see the redness.  It was black ruby red so I am optimistic about the color.
  • Jamil’s recipes call for a 7 gallon boil.   I am on full boil over alert on every hop addition.  My 9 gallon kettle is just big enough to handle it.
  • I pitched just a 1 liter starter made with the WLP004 strain.  That stuff is clumpy…Cluuuuuuuhmpy.  I had to swirl for about 15 minutes just to get it all back into suspension.

Anyway, brew on.