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