Bottled Jalapeno Wine

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Just a Test

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First Beer of 2017

2017_05_07_OST_0003After 10 months of not brewing any beer, I decided that I was again going to start brewing beer.  I have been on a Keto diet since last June 1, so I have been unable to drink anything with carbs in it, including beer. However, while not at my “goal” weight, whatever that is, I feel that it is time to have some Friday beers.

I wanted to begin with something new, so I took one of my Sweet Stout recipes and made a few changes.  I deleted the lactose, added oats, and changed (drastically) the hop schedule.  I also did not want to open a new bag of Maris Otter, so I substituted 2-row, which was actually what was in my original recipe.   The hops may be an issue, as I had the hops set, then changed my mind from Magnum to something a bit more appropriate to a Stout.  Then I triple checked with BeerSmith, and found a difference between my laptop and desktop calculations, resulting in the last minute addition to the recipe of the EKG. 

I have always enjoyed drinking my Sweet Stout, and I hope that in 7 weeks, this one will be as good.

The Recipe: 

Recipe – Oat Stout (Oatmeal Stout – 16B):2017_05_07_DSC00002

Boil Size: 7.22 gallons
Batch Size:  5.50 gallons
IBU’s:  37.1

Grain:

54.9% – 5 lbs. Brewers Malt 2-Row
11.8% – 1 lb. 8.0 oz. Flaked Oats
11.8% – 1 lb. 8.0 oz. While Wheat Malt
7.8% – 1 lb. Crystal Malt – 60L
5.9% – 12 oz. Chocolate Malt (350 SRM)
3.9% – 8 oz. Cara-Pils/Dextrine
3.9% – 8 oz. Roasted Barley (300SRM)

Hops:

0.75 oz. – Fuggles (pellet – 10.51 IBU’s) – 60 minutes
0.75 oz. – Northern Brewer (pellet – 11.7 IBU’s) – 60 minutes
0.25 oz. – Fuggles (pellet – 2.1 IBU’s) – 20 minutes
0.25 oz. – Northern Brewer (pellet – 3.3 IBU’s) – 20 minutes
1.00 oz. – East Kent Goldings (pellet – 9.4 IBU’s) – 20 minutes

Yeast:

1 pk. – Irish Ale (Wyeast Labs 1084) – 1.6 L Starter

Additions:

3.0 oz. – Ground Coffee Beans – 5 minutes
1 Tbsp. Yeast Nutrient – 5 minutes

The brew went well, though my efficiency was a bit low, which is unusual.  I also used my new controller for the Grainfather, allowing connection and control through my phone or iPad.  It was a fun experience, though I had to switch from my iPad to my Android phone because of battery drain.