Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rockit Cup No Name Best Bitter Brewday

This beer is intended to build up a big enough cell count to brew next week’s the Rockit Cup Imperial Stout, although I’ll undoubtedly enjoy the actual beer itself as well besides the mere use value connected to the yeast cake I’m growing. [Update: this beer got infected in the secondary—after two weeks, a small steady stream of tiny bubbles began creeping up the side of the carboy, and that was a month ago—so once I empty the first Barrel Project beer, I'll taste this and if it is not terrible (I’m guessing one of the many and numerous Brett strains in the house found a new home) this one is going to get put in the barrel. I blame the corn.]

169. April Rockit Cup No Name Best Bitter
7 lbs. MFB Pale
¾ lb. Weyermann Caramunich I
½ lb. Breiss flaked maize
½ lb. Amber
2 oz. Breiss Chocolate

Mash @ 156° F for 60 minutes w/ 2 ¾ gallons RO water & 8 g. gypsum; collected 1 ½ gallons @ 1.076
Batch sparge @ 166° F for 20 minutes w/ 4 gallons RO water & 4 g. gypsum; collected 4 ¼ gallons @ 1.024

Collected 5 ¾ gallons; topped off to 7 gallons, brought to a boil (60 minutes), & added:
w/60 to go: 1 oz. Challenger pellet 8.9% AA

w/15 to go: ½ oz. EKG leaf 5.41% AA

w/3 to go: ½ oz. EKG leaf 5.41% AA

Chilled, racked to carboy, and pitched WLP007 Dry English Yeast

Primary: 2/19/2014 @ 168° F
Secondary: 2/26/2014 @ 1.016

OG: 1.042

Tasting Notes:

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