The weekend plan

It’s Saturday morning.  I’ve been battling IT at work and having a heck of a time trying to figure out a number of connection issues.  It didn’t help that the dork who set up the new and improved system that is messing me up decided to be sick on Friday.  I  have trouble believing it’s legit, since he retires in about two weeks. In any case, he left me in the lurch.

Today I contemplate a big brewing day to get that all out of my mind.

The plan is as follows: bottle the ESB, and brew a barley wine using the same yeast as the ESB.

Barley wine is a strong, sweet-ish beer that often clocks in over 10%ABV.  American styles have lots of hops, but in my opinion, a strong hoppy beer is a Double IPA.  I’m probably missing something, and will have to read up on the styles.  I’m planning a British version, which is more toasty biscuity malty with less hops, but enough to act as the required preservative.

A recent issue of Brew Your Own (BYO) magazine had a big article on Barley wine.  One of the things several brewers recommended for this style is to begin with a lot of wort and boil it down for several hours.  One said four hours.  Given the limited capabilities of my stove, I would say I’ll begin with less wort and brew a smaller volume of beer altogether.

I’m going to try my deviant all grain brewing style once again.  This time, instead of pouring 12 Lbs of grain through a strainer, I will siphon the wort off the grain after it has finished mashing.  This will save me from making a false bottom or other manifold in the bottom of my cooler.  It’s the only cooler I have, and I’d like to be able to use it for other things.  By siphoning, no modification is required.  I had planned on doing a modified Brew in a Bag method, but my bag maker has not had time to sew the bag.  I’m not complaining, because she’s busy.  But I want to brew, so here we go.

I am, however, still contemplating making a mash tun using the traditional methods.   We’ll see.  I’ve eased off brewing lately, because I have so much beer just sitting around (I can only drink so much!) so it doesn’t seem to make sense to do so much modification at this point.

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About danmalleck

Medical historian and jack-of-all-trades curmudgeon. I tend to ramble about politics, social incivility, and our self-centred culture more interested in buying the next cool ringtone or LED TV than actively engaging in the sorts of discussions and issues that matter. The more opportunity we have to buy more stuff, the less concern there is, it seems, in politics, social justice and let's face it, basic human decency, unless those things actually can save us money or get us more things to show how awesome we are through displaying our material wealth. And I like to brew beer, make cheese, and put food in jars.
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