So the wife went out for a Girl’s Night Out…so I decided to brew once the boys went to bed. I made a yeast starter the night before. I invited over a good friend, Chris, to be an assistant brewer for this batch, and taste a little craft brew (READ – excuse to drink beer together).
Before Chris came over, I did some work ahead of time. I took a pound of oats, and toasted it in the oven. About 15-20 minutes on a bar pan gave it a slightly darker color, and a little more toasty flavor. I tossed that into a muslin bag. I also added the pound and a half of other crushed grains I had for the recipe into another bag. I steeped these for about 70 minutes. I used my new big pot for it’s second brew. I love this pot because of the internal basket. It leaves about 3 inches of space between the basket and the pot, so there really isn’t a way to scorch your grains. I got a nice dark color, and a little bit of oatie goodness in there, and it was time to ramp up the flame.
For the main brew, I remove the basket, as it is no longer needed. Chris showed up just after I added almost 3 pounds of dark dried malt extract, and was in the process of adding the first 6 Continue reading