This was our second annual holiday-present beer. The idea was to make someting thick and velvety. The result was delicious, but not thick or velvety.

The big problem was in the mash. This was the first outdoor brew on this system in truly cold weather (30's F), and the mash came out far colder than I wanted - 142°F! However, conversion completed, the gravity was decent, and time was short, so into the kettle it went.

There were some issues at bottling time, too. The carbonation in the keg was a little high, so even at low pressure and with chilled bottles, the Beer Gun produced quite a bit of foam. We capped on that foam, but after everything settled, the fill level was down around the shoulders of some of the 22oz bottles. As it turned out, these bottles were still perfectly serviceable in terms of carbonation.

It seems that the best approach would have been to continue filling after the foam hit the rim, until the dark liquid level gets to the appropriate level in the neck. That would involve quite a bit more loss, but the result would look good.

Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 5.95 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
End of Boil Vol: 5.20 gal
Final Bottling Vol: 5.00 gal
Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage
Date: 10 Nov 2013
Brewer: Dustin J. Mitchell
Asst Brewer: Sarah K. Berke
Equipment: Outdoor Brewing
Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Taste Rating: 30.0
Taste Notes:
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
8 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 75.6 %
12.0 oz Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.7 %
8.0 oz Chocolate Wheat Malt (Midnight) (425.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.4 %
8.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 4 4.4 %
1 lbs Milk Sugar (Lactose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 5 8.9 %
1.50 oz Fuggles - 2013-08 - HE [5.30 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 30.2 IBUs
1.0 pkg British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) [35.49 ml] Yeast 7 -

Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color

Est Original Gravity: 1.059 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.015 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.9 %
Bitterness: 30.2 IBUs
Est Color: 28.0 SRM
Measured Original Gravity: 1.056 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.022 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.5 %
Calories: 191.6 kcal/12oz

Mash Profile

Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Sparge Water: 3.55 gal
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Adjust Temp for Equipment: FALSE
Total Grain Weight: 11 lbs 4.0 oz
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Tun Temperature: 72.0 F
Mash PH: 5.20
Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 15.50 qt of water at 165.0 F 155.0 F 60 min

Sparge: Batch sparge with 2 steps (0.45gal, 3.10gal) of 168.0 F water
Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).

Carbonation and Storage

Carbonation Type: Keg
Pressure/Weight: 12.54 PSI
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 45.0 F
Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage
Volumes of CO2: 2.3
Carbonation Used: Keg with 12.54 PSI
Age for: 30.00 days
Storage Temperature: 65.0 F


First time brewing in the cold, so the mash came out quite a bit colder than desired.

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