Wow what a day.......I learned a lot
1: 17 lbs of grains had a pre boil gravity of 1.053
2: Added honey which made it 1.066
3: pre boil volume was 7.5 gal
4:missed the 35 minute hops by 10 minutes so everything was offset 10 minutes.
5: With the extra water, it lowered my gravity. Also missing the time on #4, decided to boil 20 extra minutes and add 3.7 ounces of corn sugar which gave me 2 gravity points
6: Hopback didn't work. Would not siphon when jar got full. Dumped whole hops into kettle. Screen was put on the kettle prior to help filter hops.
7: There was a lot of hop oils floating in the kettle which was awesome.... I hope
8: Just made 5 gallons into carboy
9: set at 65 deg
Plan for a lot of wort loss when using whole hops.
NOTE: I later learned that lowering your brewhouse efficiency 10% is very common and should be done when brewing high gravity beers 1.080>. Due to using the same amount of water for twice the amount of grains it is hard to extract the
Had 3 quarts of wort left over in mash tun. I intentionally added over 1/2 gallon of water into HLT against brewgr calculations. Brewgr calculations were spot on. Sparge went for 40 min. Next time, leave the extra water in the HLT, but dont tilt the pot to get the rest out of the bottom.
From now on, use 1.2 for mash/water ratio.
2000ml starter was made 2 days prior. Crashed the night before. Nutrient was added post boil. Boiled cooled and yeast nutrient was pitched into water.
Mash ph at room temp: 5.6
Pre boil: 1.045
Post boil / starting: 1.060
Aerated for 15 minutes prior to pitching
Pitched at 1625 hours
Set at 65 deg for 10 days, 68 for another 5
The following morning at 0630, the carboy was full to the top of krausen and was very active. Required a blow off hose and a bucket.
3 oz of FF was added to primary on 12/5.
12/8: FG 1.006! ABV 7.0%. Cold crashed at 48deg for 24 hours. Keg on 12/9. 20psi and rolled for 2 min. Set for 2 days, then dropped down to 10
ADDED 1.5 lbs OF SUGAR AT 5 minutes
NO HOP BAG WAS USED. METAL SCREEN BLOCKS OUT HOPS AND USES THEM AS A FILTER.
3.5 grams gypsum, 2 grams ca chloride, 1 campden tablet for H2O. Add 4ml latic acid to mash (Est. 5.4 mash ph at room temp).