Pure Gold I tell ya. This was such a good beer to make and drink. The Beer Master General got to come down again and visit for a couple of days. During that time we took a trip to the Ballast Point Tasting and Beer Part Shop. We just randomly strolled through the ingredients Isle and Dad being such the great master of brews that he is picked out just a few simple ingredients and announced that "this should be good".
We spent the next day brewing and did a couple things different, like instead of a hard boil which would burn off half the pots water. Also in tandem with the copper wort chiller we used a bed of ice water to cool the water before it went into the chiller. So we cooled it down quick I say about 1/2 an hour and actually came out above 5 gallons of beer. We also used a paint stirrer attached to a drill and aerated the beer amazingly well.
So I let it sit for a few weeks fermenting and what was really cool is Sarah my princess got me a Keg-orator for Christmas and there's a big horrible story of putting it together but with the help of Brew Master General, we got it all hooked up and CO2 attached, that saves at least 3 weeks of waiting for the beer to carbonate.
The NFL Conference Championships were playing on that Sunday and I invited some of my friends over and we killed the whole five gallons of beer plus more of what they've brought over. All in all this was the best beer I've brewed yet along with my dad. Now onto the next one and I'm so happy that I don't have to wait for ever for it to carbonate, now that I have a keg-orator!
Bue Beer Class 101Posted by Jeffrey J Bue on Saturday, December 17, 2016