Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

A personal best...

I brewed my 5 gallons of mango wit today in 4.5 hours, from heating the mash water and dragging the equipment up from the basement to pitching yeast. Would have been closer to 4 hrs 15 min if I hadn't forgotten to sanitize the damn transfer tube for filling the carboy... DRAT! I forgot how easy and quick 5 gallon batches can be... I remember back when I was extract brewing and it took me 4-5 hours!! Good OG (1.055) so I got good efficiency... 8 lb pale, 3 lb wheat malt, 1 lb flaked oats and 1 lb flaked wheat. Wheaty....

Now I must wait for fermentation to commence and subside so I can mango it in the secondary... can you hear the tropical music playing?

Comments:
That is great. How was the 5 gallon faster? I find that 5 and 10 are virtually the same for me.
 
I can't seem to get a 10 gallon batch done in under 5.5-6 hours... and I've had some go as long as 7, although that was for a long (90 min) boil. I guess the biggest thing that slows them down is how frugal I am with my propane - I could heat the water alot faster if I cranked the valve open alot more, but...

Anyhow, it is fermenting like mad downstairs. WLP410 is a slow starter, I think... took it about 12-16 hours to get going, even with a 1qt starter, servomyces, and oxygen...
 
OK, slow starter and eruptive... I got home from a weekend down at VA Beach and it had blown the airlock... and I had a substantial yeast cake all over the carboy's exterior and surrounding area... WHOA! And its still bubbling and fermenting, so I must have had ALOT of yeast in there... Next time, I'll use a blow off tube and babysit it a little more.
 
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