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Title: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: trapae on December 25, 2013, 11:02:16 PM
I love pitching a big starter.  Pouring in all those healthy hungry yeast cells feels so good.  It's just a great fruition of a long, good brewday.
Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: ynotbrusum on December 26, 2013, 05:22:32 AM
Two times - the night before when I set up by rolling out the brewstand from its storage spot, putting the strke water in the mash tun with the bucket heater on a timer and the sparge water in the HLT with the same set up, then the following day when  rolling my brewstand back into the spot I store it in after cleanup and pitching the yeast - it's always a great feeling to know that another batch is on its way!
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: majorvices on December 26, 2013, 05:59:53 AM
I have always loved the process of brewing. Love being up at the crack of dawn on a crisp morning just as the sun is coming up over the mountains with a cup of coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner heating up my strike water. I love the smell of the wort as it comes to a boil and especially after the first hop addition.

But I especially love the feeling of satisfaction after a long successful brewday as you put the wort away in the fermentor safe and sound, clean up and pitch yeast. It's that satisfied feeling of accomplishment I have always really loved, kind of like sitting down on the lawnchair with a glass of lemonade after mowing the lawn. For me it is a very deep feeling of accomplishment. Especially when I just now that one is going to turn out just right.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 26, 2013, 06:12:57 AM
 Major pretty much summed it up. I love getting everything layed out the night before, hops weighed (and re-checked next morning), hitting my target mash temp head on, and the smell of the first runnings out of the mashtun. Hitting a target gravity is pretty satisfying too.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: speed on December 26, 2013, 08:31:47 AM
I have always loved the process of brewing. Love being up at the crack of dawn on a crisp morning just as the sun is coming up over the mountains with a cup of coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner heating up my strike water. I love the smell of the wort as it comes to a boil and especially after the first hop addition.

But I especially love the feeling of satisfaction after a long successful brewday as you put the wort away in the fermentor safe and sound, clean up and pitch yeast. It's that satisfied feeling of accomplishment I have always really loved, kind of like sitting down on the lawnchair with a glass of lemonade after mowing the lawn. For me it is a very deep feeling of accomplishment. Especially when I just now that one is going to turn out just right.
+1 this exactly how I feel. :)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: cornershot on December 26, 2013, 08:59:59 AM
I love pitching a big starter.  Pouring in all those healthy hungry yeast cells feels so good.  It's just a great fruition of a long, good brewday.
Merry Christmas.
Does anyone else detect a certain innuendo in this? ;)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: bboy9000 on December 26, 2013, 09:15:29 AM

Love being up at the crack of dawn on a crisp morning just as the sun is coming up over the mountains with a cup of coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner heating up my strike water.

This.  Minus the mountains as I live in KC.  Also, I love doughing in.  Makes me feel like I'm cooking, which I also love.


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Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: tonyp on December 26, 2013, 09:29:26 AM
I love brewing outside, especially when it's cold. Standing at the brew pot in a heavy sweatshirt with a cup of coffee is very zen for me.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: klickitat jim on December 26, 2013, 10:07:07 AM
Crisp morning sunlight and snow on the mountain
Filling my mash tun attaching the propane
Striking the fire then getting my grain pail
Weighing gypsum
Weighing chloride
These are a few of my favorite things
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: beersk on December 26, 2013, 10:11:22 AM
I would say mashing in is my favorite part. I love the smell when you first add the grains, especially in dark beers. That might be the reason I brew. And the feeling of accomplishment after pitching the yeast and getting the fermentor in the fermentation fridge is really nice too. Or maybe it's that first beer after I get things cleaned up. Brewing is truly a great hobby.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: bluesman on December 26, 2013, 10:22:47 AM
I think Keith summed it up well.

It's the process that really does it for me. It's not one or two things, but the whole process from rolling out the brewstand to finally drawing the first pint of the "liquid of your labors". It's very gratifying to produce a fantastic beer to be shared with friends. Brewing brings great meaning to the old adage that "you reap what you sow".

Although, bottling is a real PITA. I much prefer kegging my beer. :)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: svejk on December 26, 2013, 10:34:00 AM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 26, 2013, 10:44:07 AM
+1 to that. Very, very tasty !
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: majorvices on December 26, 2013, 11:14:23 AM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 26, 2013, 11:23:25 AM
My friend is a pretty good homebrewer and made a couple for us one cold brewing morning using scotch.  The first sip took away my skepticism in a hurry. It's damn good ! Kind of a homebrewer's hot toddy, only better.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: trapae on December 26, 2013, 11:28:43 AM
I also love waking up at 2 am and staggering into the brewlab ( guest bathroom ), and seeing those first bubbles starting from the blowoff tube.
My wife loves doughing in, says it smells like grape nuts.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: trapae on December 26, 2013, 11:35:22 AM
I will definately be trying the hot scotchie next brewday...wish I knew about it yesterday.  Cheers.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Pinski on December 26, 2013, 12:26:38 PM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.

This is truly inspirational. Just when you were wondering how brewing could get any better. BAM!
I'll be trying the bourbon varietal. 
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: mugwort on December 26, 2013, 12:41:45 PM
I love pitching a big starter.  Pouring in all those healthy hungry yeast cells feels so good.  It's just a great fruition of a long, good brewday.
Does anyone else detect a certain innuendo in this? ;)

Certainly a strong fertility reference.  Ninkasi would be proud.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Mike V. Sardina on December 26, 2013, 03:10:19 PM
I have always loved the process of brewing. Love being up at the crack of dawn on a crisp morning just as the sun is coming up over the mountains with a cup of coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner heating up my strike water. I love the smell of the wort as it comes to a boil and especially after the first hop addition.

So very true, there is nothing like firing up the burner to heat the strike water.  Always brings a smile to my face...

Cheers!

Mike
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: 69franx on December 26, 2013, 05:20:47 PM
I love the whole process, but now that I am doing AG, the boil will be that much better with a hot scotchy!


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Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: cornershot on December 26, 2013, 10:27:25 PM
+1 to the hot Scotchy. But any whiskey will work just fine. First time I had a hot scotchy I invited a dozen or so friends over to hang out with me in my garage, eat chili, and drink my beer. We went through over a half gallon of first runnings making hot scotchies. Needless to say, I missed my OG but it was well worth it. I don't remember what I brewed but everyone remembers hot scotchies!
I truly love every phase of the brewing process, from research and recipe formulation to the finished product and everything in between. I think if I wrote down everything I liked about brewing it might fill a book! I think I'll have a homebrew.


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Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: fistfullofhops on January 03, 2014, 09:09:55 AM
This is my favorite moment from yesterday's sessions. I was aiming for a mash temp of 150*F(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/04/8aje3yqu.jpg)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: euge on January 03, 2014, 09:35:52 AM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.

This is truly inspirational. Just when you were wondering how brewing could get any better. BAM!
I'll be trying the bourbon varietal.

I have no Scotch but plenty of Bourbon. Must try.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: reverseapachemaster on January 03, 2014, 09:59:55 AM
I love the way the whole house smells like beer when I brew inside.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Pinski on January 03, 2014, 10:41:50 AM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.

This is truly inspirational. Just when you were wondering how brewing could get any better. BAM!
I'll be trying the bourbon varietal.

I have no Scotch but plenty of Bourbon. Must try.

It's Hot Scotchy Day! Any recommendations on ratios? Keep in mind I'm brewing today! ;)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 03, 2014, 10:46:39 AM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.

This is truly inspirational. Just when you were wondering how brewing could get any better. BAM!
I'll be trying the bourbon varietal.

I have no Scotch but plenty of Bourbon. Must try.

It's Hot Scotchy Day! Any recommendations on ratios? Keep in mind I'm brewing today! ;)

Add it until the malt flavor shines, or whenever !  BTW, did you try the Balvenie yet ?
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Pinski on January 03, 2014, 11:01:22 AM
Add it until the malt flavor shines, or whenever !  BTW, did you try the Balvenie yet ?

Fantastic recommendation my friend! Just what I was hoping for, a bridge from bourbon to scotch! As you said complex, i got hints of vanilla and the judicious use of peat I found surprisingly pleasant. I cant wait to try the hot scotchy here in about 45 minutes. Thanks again!
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 03, 2014, 11:23:17 AM
Add it until the malt flavor shines, or whenever !  BTW, did you try the Balvenie yet ?

Fantastic recommendation my friend! Just what I was hoping for, a bridge from bourbon to scotch! As you said complex, i got hints of vanilla and the judicious use of peat I found surprisingly pleasant. I cant wait to try the hot scotchy here in about 45 minutes. Thanks again!

Awesome !  Glad you liked it.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on January 03, 2014, 01:39:37 PM
One of my favorite things on brew day is having a hot scotchy (although I usually use bourbon):

http://beervana.blogspot.com/2010/11/greatest-beverage-in-world-hot-scotchy.html

I normally hold off any drinking until the beer is in the fermenter, but I do make an exception for this.  If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it - it is especially memorable with the first runnings of a big barleywine.

This might be the most important thing I have learned all year. Thank you for that. Will try it next brew session.

This is truly inspirational. Just when you were wondering how brewing could get any better. BAM!
I'll be trying the bourbon varietal.

I have no Scotch but plenty of Bourbon. Must try.

It's Hot Scotchy Day! Any recommendations on ratios? Keep in mind I'm brewing today! ;)

Add it until the malt flavor shines, or whenever !  BTW, did you try the Balvenie yet ?

balvenie Caribbean cask..one of my fav's :P
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Pinski on January 04, 2014, 03:39:37 PM
First Hot Scotchy from yesterday's brewday.  1.062 first runnings of Munich Helles wort with 1.5 oz Balvenie Doublewood.  Simply delicious, prominent honey aroma, bready flavors hints of vanilla and peat. What a great addition to brewday.
BeerSmith should add a checkbox function to adjust mash volumes for Hot Scotchy loss.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11760934253_2275919505_c.jpg)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Rhoobarb on January 04, 2014, 04:21:24 PM
I have three favorite stages:
mashing in
beginning of the boil
running off into carboys

I never have a beer until the beginning of the boil. I'd heard of Hot Scotchies, but, not being a hard liquor drinker, never have anything around to make one.  But all this talk has peaked my interest!

Whipped cream or no? Sounds like it might add something on a cold day. 
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 04, 2014, 04:31:06 PM

BeerSmith should add a checkbox function to adjust mash volumes for Hot Scotchy loss.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11760934253_2275919505_c.jpg)

+80 proof !
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: Pinski on January 04, 2014, 05:10:34 PM
I have three favorite stages:
mashing in
beginning of the boil
running off into carboys

I never have a beer until the beginning of the boil. I'd heard of Hot Scotchies, but, not being a hard liquor drinker, never have anything around to make one.  But all this talk has peaked my interest!

Whipped cream or no? Sounds like it might add something on a cold day.

I've seen several recipes that call for a dollop lightly whipped cream. I didn't have any on hand but I bet it would be delicious. Definitely something to try!
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: craig64 on January 10, 2014, 06:32:37 PM
I love brewing outside, especially when it's cold. Standing at the brew pot in a heavy sweatshirt with a cup of coffee is very zen for me.

THIS!
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: fistfullofhops on January 10, 2014, 09:14:52 PM
Best thing about today was when I took this hydrometer reading on 12g of Deck Head Dry Stout after 8 days. This beer tastes great straight out of the bucket. I'm very excited.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/11/2egega3u.jpg)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: euge on January 10, 2014, 09:41:43 PM
Almost ready to drink! ;)
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: beersk on January 12, 2014, 09:51:03 AM
Gravity looks a little high for a dry stout, no?

I love mashing in. That's my favorite part, the aromas...especially on dark beers.
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: fistfullofhops on January 12, 2014, 05:51:17 PM
Recipe says it should finish at 1.020. My hydrometer reads a little high, it was actually ~1.019. I figured the flaked barley had something to do with the high final gravity. Whadaya think? It tastes fantastic. I could drink a pint straight out of the bucket.


Deck-Head Stout | Dry Stout

INGREDIENTS
For 5 gallons (18.9L)
8 lbs. (3.62 kg) British two-row pale malt
1 1/2 lbs. (0.68 kg) flaked barley
1 lb. (0.45 kg) roasted barley
3/4 lb. (0.34 kg) CaraPils malt
1/2 lb. (0.23 kg) 40° L crystal malt
1 1/2 oz. (42.5 g) Kent Goldings hop plugs, 5% a.a. (70 min)
1 oz. (28.3 g) Northern Brewer hops, 6.4% a.a. (70 min)
Wyeast No. 1084 Irish ale yeast
2/3 cup corn sugar (to prime)
SPECIFICATIONS
Original Gravity: 1.054
Final Gravity: 1.020
Title: Re: One of my favorite things on brewday.
Post by: majorvices on January 13, 2014, 07:36:02 AM
Little high OG and FG for a "Dry" stout but the important part is that it tastes good.