Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oatmeal Cookie brew recap

Everything went pretty much as planned for today's brew of the Oatmeal Cookie ale. The mash ended up starting at 154 F instead of 157 — this is probably because I forgot to preheat the mash tun with hot water until just before using it. Not a big deal. The original gravity came out to 1.056. Mark came by to assist for the first half, and my mom came outside to see the process in between helping K with Patrick.

I have been having problems with my Hop Stopper clogging, but after emailing Dennis Collins at Innovative Homebrew Solutions, he suggested that my pump might be trying to drain the wort more quickly than it could pass through the screen inside the kettle. I left the pump turned off this time and let it drain at the natural siphon rate. It worked great and the Hop Stopper left only a quart of wort in the kettle along with the spent hops. This recipe only had about an ounce of hops, so the real test will be the next time I brew something quite a bit hoppier. Thanks, Dennis, for great customer service! I attached a picture of the inside of the kettle after draining the wort into the fermenter.

1 comment:

  1. ah, that drained much better. can't wait to taste it! thanks for having me over to help!