Well, you couldn’t ask for a better brew day than today. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
There was a little chill in the air when we got started ~10AM but the sun was bright and warm still.
I bought the RV water filter this week and used it for the first time with this brew:
We got the grains together including the smoked malt and some munich malt:
I did a single infusion mash and was able to keep the temperature around 154°F for the whole hour. After the mash, we got to the boil right away.
Since Rauchbier is basically an Oktoberfest with some smoked malt in it, it had a nice amber color. We popped open a beer while the boil was going.
It was a bottle of the pomegranate red ale. Yep, still tastes experimental. After the boil was done, we had to chill it down to lager fermentation temperatures. With a wort chiller and a kiddie pool, we got close….to around 52°F.
I think I will stay with brewing lagers in the dead of winter or until I get a better wort chilling solution. It took a long time to get this beer down (close) to the temperature I wanted it to be. It’s in the fridge for the next two weeks. We shall see how things progress.