Split into two fermenters, about 0.9 gal each. Added 0.15 oz Spalt hop tea to one and will dry hop the other with like amount after primary is complete. At bottling time, the hop tea and the dry hop seemed to have equivalent hop aroma and flavor.
OG was 13.7 Brix, 13.2 Plato or 1.053 SG. Flame-out hops added late by mistake, wort was 112 F. Pitched harvested yeast, strong airlock activity after ~6 hrs. Racked to secondary on 9/2/15. Gravity was 1.018, FG at bottling time was 1.016, so gravity dropped two points during conditioning.
Oops, forgot to add the cinnamon to the mash.
6/4/15 No activity after 67 hrs, realized freezer was too cold (58F) due to placement of thermostat sensor. Moved sensor and raised to 70F and rocked fermenter, active airlock by 9am.
6/7/15 Racked to secondary, very clear. Set freezer to 60F
6/8/15 Set freezer at 59F, Carboy is at 56F
6/14/15 Bottled, very clear. FG 1.009 (corr.)
Mashed with 5 gal at 152 for 60 minutes and sparged with 2 gal at 170 for 10 min. Pre-boil OG indicated 81% efficiency, better than expected, so I was slightly above my original OG target of 1.050 for 5.25 gal, so topped off fermenter with 1/2 gallon to 5.5 gal resulting in an OG of 1.055.
Water - Used 5 gal Cartwright Springs, 1 gal Samantha Springs and 4 gm baking soda. Alkalinity was ~110. Observed that some of the Rye grain remained un-crushed, tried to crush with rolling pin as best as possible. BIAB mash temp. was 155deg after 70 min in an insulated kettle.
BIAB method. Mash-in 7.25 lbs grain at 50 deg. with 6.8 gal at 157deg. Mash at 152deg. for 60min. Final temp was 152deg. 1/25/15 Had 1" compact yeast trub in primary. Beer was clear, good color. Dry hopped in carboy.
Initial gravity in fermenter was 1.026, added 1 lb cane sugar on 12/19/14.
Dry hopped 1 oz leaf Simcoe About 1/2 of the leaf hops were still floating in carboy. Auto-siphon open slot acted as barrier for larger leaf pieces, only a small amount of small hop particles made it to bottling bucket and bottles were filled free of hop debris. Hop aroma was very strong during bottling.
Steeped specialty grains in 2 gallons spring water at 140-150F for 30 minutes and rinsed grain bag over strainer with 1 gal at 160 deg. (Later I soaked some of the "spent" grains in hot water and had no further extraction of color). Mixed in 7 lbs Light LME and 2 lbs of DME, 4 gallon boil volume. Added hops per recipe. Cool down from 212 to 95F via immersion chiller in 30 minutes, added 2 gallons 40F spring water to fermenter, pitching temp at 73F. Post boil OG of 1.076 was above recipe calculation of 1.071. I may not have mixed the top off water into the wort sufficiently before sampling and drew a denser wort sample from the bottom with the wine thief; this could explain high OG reading. Wort color was on target and tasted balanced, with a nice bitterness to finish. Active airlock started 26 hours after pitching. Airlock quiet after 48hrs of very active bubbling. SG on 11/10/14 was 1.022 when racked to secondary. Airlock bubble still at 1 per minute 5 days after racking to carboy. Te