All grain brew day (see previous posts). I’m brewing an English Mild.
I began at about 10am. It’s 2:45 as I write, and the wort is all collected and in the kettle. I wait for it to boil.
It has been a day of surprises, both good and bad.
I have learned that my cooler seems not to be able to hold the temperature as well as I would like. It may have dropped 10 degrees F in an hour, which is crazy. However, there are other factors, so I can’t worry yet.
I learned that my efficiency (the amount of sugar extracted from grain, expressed in a percentage, with 100 being all the possible sugar is extracted–which is pretty much impossible) is higher than I expected. I thought it would be a reasonable 65%, but it was actually 70%, which is pretty impressive.
Now I wait for the boil. this will take a long time (if it ever happens–my stove doesn’t crank out the kind of heat I really need). I have time, therefore, to post some pictures.
So there you go. The wort is about to boil. I should get back to it. Have to add the hops and so on… good times!