re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling (Posted on 4/19/13 at 12:57 pm to Zappas Stache)
Time to Boil....A disadvantage of the mash one day, brew the next process is the wort is now cold. So I start it off on the Stove top over both burners to pre-heat before I move it to the Propane Burner outside.
re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling (Posted on 4/19/13 at 1:18 pm to Zappas Stache)
Empty my used grains from last night into the compost bin.
Here is a look at the false bottom in my cooler (mash tun). This keeps the grains off the bottom of the cooler and allows free draining of the liquid wort.
Here is a look at my hop bines(vine plants) I planted last year. They die back in the winter but are now shooting up with a vengeance. I believe that is the Nugget variety at the post. In the black container directly behind that is Cascade.
re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling (Posted on 4/19/13 at 1:29 pm to Zappas Stache)
As my wort heats in my kettle, I drop in an oz of Citra hops and 1 1/2 oz of cascade hops. This is called First Wort Hopping. There is debate about weather it does anything different than just waiting til your wort starts boiling to drop these first addition hops in. I don't know but it doesn't hurt. You see I also use Hop Socks to contain the hops so I don't have to filter my wort after the boil. Some claim Hop Socks don't allow total utilization of the hops as the socks can cause clumping of the hops and so not all of the hop oils are released. I think as long as you keep the amount in each sock at 1 to 1 1/2 oz and they are going into the boil very early....first 30 minutes, Hop Socks are ok. I'll show you later what I do with late hop additions.
re: Looks Like a Fine Night to Brew some Beer....Updated Bottling (Posted on 4/19/13 at 3:13 pm to s14suspense)
We're at the 45 minute mark of a 1 hour boil. This is my homemade copper coil I use to cool the wort after flame out. I drop the coil in the kettle and let it boil the final 15 minutes to sterilize it.