Saturday, June 16, 2007


Primary fermentation was done yesterday, so today I rack into the secondary fermenter. The beer looks and smells good with plenty of yeast. Must have been very well aerated and produced a huge crop. Sanetized everything and completed the transfer smoothly.

T = 72 C
SG = 1.014
adj. SG = 1.015

Friday, June 15, 2007


As of this morning, fermentation is still underway, but slowing down.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Fermentation is going along nicely at this point. Just slow getting started. We'll see.


Well fermentation was underway this morning and going pretty well. I'll keep an eye on it.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Nearly 48 hours and still no sign of fermentation. This is a first for me. I've got some backup years, Nottingham Ale yeast so I'm re-hydrating that and will pitch it shortly. I took it out of the fridge just a short while ago. I'm letting it come to room temperature before re-hydrating it.

Ok, well before I got the Nottingham warmed up fermentation did start, albeit very slowly. I'll watch this and see how it goes tomorrow.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


Started a new brew, recipe name Amerikoelsch.

I started with 6 gallons of our well water and started to boil

When the water came to boil (5:15 pm) I added the
3.3 lbs Cooper's Light malt extract
2.0 lbs Munton's Extra light DME (note I used extra light although the recipe calls for light, e la vita)
1.0 lbs Corn Sugar

5:19 boil back up
5:29 Add 0.8 oz Pearl hops, 7% AA
5:44 Add 0.5 oz Cascade hops, 6% AA
6:18 Add 1 tsp Irish Moss
6:26 0.5 oz Cascade hops, 6% AA
6:31 end boil
Immediately after the boil ended I added
2 tsp yeast energizer
2 tsp yeast nutrient

Ok, so my times were off, the Irish Moss should have gone in a bit later and the last bit of Cascade was late. I extended the biol by a few minutes to get five minutes of aroma hops. We'll see how it goes.

I have no immersion chiller so I put the boil kettle in ice water. So it takes awhile to chill
8:23 Add 0.5 lb (well probably a bit more than half the one pound jar) Honey
T = 76 F
OG = 1.050
adj OG = 1.052 This is a little higher than expected, but not far out of range.

8:31 Aerate thoroughly and pitch yeast, White Labs WLP029 German Koelsch Yeast