In preparation for my move to the Great White, um, West, I’m brewing two batches this week. First up: a Westvleteren 12 clone. (Rant: In “Belgian degrees”, wouldn’t 12° correspond to about 28°P? It should be called Westvleteren 9°! But I digress.) Stay tuned for an updated porter recipe on Friday.
Good news! It gave me a chance to snap a couple quick shots of my latest invention. Even after implementing my brilliant kettle draining apparatus, I was getting sick of worrying about all the trub getting sucked through the pump – not because I think the pump can’t handle it, but because I worry about crud providing a hiding place for contaminants. Enter the world’s cheapest tubing bender, and a simple length of copper tubing.
So, back to the beer. I overshot my gravity slightly and came in at 22.9°P (1.096). Operator error, really: I forgot that about 13% of the fermentables are coming from the sugar, and based my efficiency estimate on a 1.092 OG, instead of 1.080. My B. Otherwise, the day was completely uneventful, even boring. Not a good portent for my brewing career if I’m only interested when something goes wrong.