Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brewing the Stove Top

It was fun. Small scale brewing might just be my new thing. It'll certainly due in a pinch.

Here's a pictorial account of my process.

1. Heat up water to ~155

2. Crush the specialty grain with a meat tenderizer. (This leads to a pretty inconsistent crush, but I just need color and flavor.)

3. Add the crushed grain directly to the warmed water without using a grain bag. This is the similar to the difference between tea bags and loose leaf tea. The picture below shows the steeped grain liquid after full absorption of water in the grain.

4. After 20 minutes or so, I strained the weak wort into a larger kettle.

5. Once the wort was brought to boiling, I killed the heat and added my DME. I brought it back to boiling and added the first hops.

6. After a last minute addition of more hops, it was time to chill. Since this is such a small batch, it only takes the ice in the freezer to get it down.

7. Time to go into the jug fermenter. I used my handy strainer and funnel to get my chilled wort to its 2-week resting place.

The next time I do this, I'm going to account for more boil off. I didn't have this at a crazy boil, but between the grain and hops soaking up their share, I'm a little short.

1 comment:

William Nordmann said...

" I'm a little short."
Thats what she said