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Oh at long last I’m getting a brew day 😍🎉. I have so missed this, there’s something really calming about the stepwise progression from grain to wort that feels so very apart from my day to day work. It’s almost meditative, measuring the mash water, weighing and adding salts, weighing the grain, grinding then mixing the grain and now to mash… and breathe 😌.

Today is a batch of Twinnie the Bohemian Pilsner, she’s an old fashioned step mash with a dash of acidulatrd and carbohemian malt for a bit of balance. The boil has a whole load of saaz for spice and floral notes, aiming for an Audrey Hepburn classic with sass.

… so that’s the mash on, all programmed in to do its thing for the next 90 min ❤.
 

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Hops all measured out and my new attempt at a hop tea bag that I can add to as the boil goes on. It’s a fruit straining bag with a plastic clip - going hi tech today :cool:.
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You weren’t kidding when you said a whole load of Saaz! Good luck, I hope the brew-day goes smooth and easy.
 

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Get to Aldi or other supers Anna the veg bags are 25p and ideal for hops/straining and can be thrown if they get too stained athumb..
 

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Boil a bit late - we decided to go out for lunch and there was quite a bit more of a wait at the Coffee Bothy than usual. So had held the wort at 90 while away ready to boil. However given how cold it is in the garage (6 deg C 🥶) it then took longer than expected to get it tight to the boil.
still enjoying the day though 😀.

Anna
 

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Oh at long last I’m getting a brew day 😍🎉.
Making the most of the Scottish bank holiday? ;-) I know exactly how you feel. I was back to work today (I take the english hols even though I live in Scotland, easier with the teams I work with), but used my BH to good effect yesterday!
 

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So it wouldn’t be an Anna brew day without some mishap or another 🙄.

ok first the bits that didn’t go so well :
I’m out of practice and it showed, not helped by the reorganisation in the garage and waiting on new shelves so it all felt too much of a mess… which I don’t cope with well. It was also too friggin cold! So both elements were needed fir the boil and so my boil off was a bit more than expected.

Oh and of course I tried to squeeze in lunch out with the OH (which was lovely ❤) but that messed up timings. While holding at 90 odd deg is brilliant for precipitating proteins for nice clear beer - said 🤬 proteins gunk up everything - even after trying to skim them off. My mission is to find some way of getting rid of that irritating stuff earlier before the boil. Anyway, I then forgot it was a 90 minute boil and added my 60 min hops at the beginning, so removed them at 30 min and used the bag for the 15 min addition.

Speaking of bags… the strainer bag is now in the bin, I’m not convinced there was much circulation of liquid through it. Based on @the baron ’S suggestion I used a spare Sainsbury’s veg bag for the other additions which worked far better.

The real sweary word thing though was wondering why the garage floor was so wet after using the chiller - and discovering my drain tubing from my chiller had a leak 😱. I’d broken a bottle on the rack it goes behind which had clearly sliced the tube. Aghh fiddlesticks and piffling pigs - well not happy.

So in my downtime tomorrow I will be patching said leak.

Oh the wort was fine - a bit under on the volume at 22l litres and a wee bit over on the OG 1.54 - I reckon it just about balanced out. A couple of packs of CML Hell yeast and sitting at 10 deg after pitching at 12deg. Hmmm … did I say it was meditative 🤦‍♀️
 

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Oh the things that make me happy. We have a new set of shelves for the garage... which I have two shelves for my brewing things :groupdancing: which is brilliant! I also treated myself to a couple of grain containers for my base malts which gets them out of the sacks and off the floor. It is just lovely to be able to tidy things away properly 😍.
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I did also add a wee bit of brewing kit onto the top shelf too as the grain bins are 48 litre volume each - which will take a whole 25kg and a wee bit more of unmilled grain.
 

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Oh the things that make me happy. We have a new set of shelves for the garage... which I have two shelves for my brewing things :groupdancing: which is brilliant! I also treated myself to a couple of grain containers for my base malts which gets them out of the sacks and off the floor. It is just lovely to be able to tidy things away properly 😍.
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I did also add a wee bit of brewing kit onto the top shelf too as the grain bins are 48 litre volume each - which will take a whole 25kg and a wee bit more of unmilled grain.
Nip down here and sort my garage out...there's as much as you can drink and one of my special curries in it if you do..
 

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Oh the things that make me happy. We have a new set of shelves for the garage... which I have two shelves for my brewing things :groupdancing: which is brilliant! I also treated myself to a couple of grain containers for my base malts which gets them out of the sacks and off the floor. It is just lovely to be able to tidy things away properly 😍.
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I did also add a wee bit of brewing kit onto the top shelf too as the grain bins are 48 litre volume each - which will take a whole 25kg and a wee bit more of unmilled grain.
Anna where did the containers come from? They look a bit more more practical than some of my storage options? TIA
 

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Anna where did the containers come from? They look a bit more more practical than some of my storage options? TIA
They were a bit of a treat.. so like shoes and jackets, I didn't mention how much they cost at home 😇
They come in 10, 24, 48,80, and 105 litre versions. They are stackable, so they may not stay on the shelves as I think I might find somewhere to stack them instead.
I also got a bit more of a discount than they are showing on the site at the moment.
 

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Always end up spending money when I come on HBF. As well as the grain storage the meat slicing machines have caught my eye!
 

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Another brew day 🤩 wow two brew days in one week and with my newly tidy garage 😍.
I set up the water, salts, and milled the grain last night with the plan for an early start. However, we’ve a friend and her mum staying fir a few days, and she was interested to see how it all worked so I held off till a wee bit later in the morning.
oh I also had to dash out to Sainsbury’s in the morning as I had discovered I did not have enough flaked oats for my recipe.

However, they only had porridge oats which are ground a bit which I worried (quite rightly so it turned out 🙄) was going to cause a stuck sparge.

it was a really thick mash and right at the working limit for the brewzilla, then left it to drain while had lunch. Now on the boil with a teeny 5g of Magnum in at the start.
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