Photo Stream Brew #2 – bottled New thermometer! Perfect carbonation after a shake Bread and beer are my specialties. Look at that head! last swallow Unfortunately this many bottles is a little optimistic for this batch. Cost per beer The critical moment: pull out the siphon before we start sucking up other goodies. The Cascade is doing better than the Centennial So clear! Yum About 5 minutes left in the boil Here it is, ready to be bottled. Next morning… looking good. Lots of chunky guys in here. Proteiny! I forgot to pour mine aggressively! I had that head nice and pillowy last time… Empty primary vessel Getting it done Big teabag of specialty grains bottom of carboy…. mmm, science. Lots of grain making it into the boiler. 1.005! I think. This is not really a head from carbonation, as there is none yet. It’s just from splashing and pouring (and Star San foam?) about 4.5 gallons hot break supervisor Go baby go. Now confident enough to follow the rule “drink a homebrew while you homebrew” In my glass is beer #4. I could probably wash this yeast and re-use it, but not quite ready for that. Krausen at about 40 hours – This beer is bubbling constantly and the airlock smells SO GOOD. My first-ever mash soon that glass will say humble man brewery on it. Some people put a Ziploc bag over the mouth of their santized vessel. I prefer a StarSan forcefield. mmmm, hops. The smell is up there with coffee. Rehydrating yeast There it sits. Right next to that power strip. Brilliant. bottling assembly line. Somehow it goes from right to left. Old brew pot, NEW brew pot. Took a taste. Delicious, flat beer! My best so far. No off-flavors, and a nice bitter hoppiness! Back in place and will soon be wearing a T-Shirt Everything’s good but the color. But if use less extract to lighten it all the other paramaters get outta whack. Brew in a bag mmm Ok, so I dumped about half of this. Of course I can read that. bottling FG: 1.003 Already delicious on bottling day! blowoff tube – necessary? On the way to boiling. Extract brews seem to have a perfectly consistent foam. Beersmith is damn good at estimating the color. Vorlaufed, and it started running clear (maybe not in this pic yet) but still ended up with grain in my boil. A nice closeup of the head, but this doesn’t really capture it’s true lighter, more reddish color. I knew this was gonna happen. Don’t fear the foam they say. last swallow Not my clearest beer. There was dry hopping and no secondary. PBW + Krausen = what looks like… Read (and tasted) this a couple hours later. Beer 2 Finally bubbles reduced enough that I can read this (sort of) Iodine test Brew #4 snifffff Bottling Beer #4 Taste test vs. Yuenling lager, because that’s what I had around. Flat. The bubbles are just from pouring. Nice color, decent taste, but flat. Tasting. It was not very delicious. Ready to go this wort drank pretty good Pretty clear Irish moss This is not what went in the beer. Artsy US-05 pic On my 6.5 gallon carboy, I wasn’t sure how much this is. Got 43 bottles out of it! Brew #4: BeerP0rn The ol’ Spent Grain pile. Which I just started.