The Home Stretch!

Hop Mania!

Thanks for tuning in to another installment of my hoppy adventures! In other news! I’ll be getting a hedgehog of my own within the next couple of weeks and I couldn’t be more excited!!! But at this rate, maybe I should’ve gotten a rabbit? That’d be a bit hoppier.

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Down to Business

Last Wednesday I began the dry hopping process by first siphoning my beer off of the yeast cake, into a bottling bucket. Then harvesting my yeast for future use! Then after cleaning and re sanitizing my carboy. I then tested my beer, which is sitting at 1.018, very close to my goal final gravity of 1.017. After taste testing the sample I transferred the beer back into the clean carboy,  and added three ounces of hops.

  • 1 oz. of Galaxy hops (pellet form)
  • 1 oz. of Chinook hops (pellet form)
  • 1 oz. of Centennial hops (you guessed it! pellet form)

I shall extract the hops come Wednesday morning and then cold crash the beer and let it all settle out before the carbonating process.

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Floating muslin bags filled with hop pellets
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Extracting my beer for testing with a thief!

Getting Even More Serious!

We just ordered our own 5 gallon keg and carbonation system! We are sooo excited to announce that we will now be able to carbonate our beer within 48 hours. All from the comfort of my home! This is a huge deal to me because we will now have our beer available on tap. Plus we won’t have to worry about upsetting the sugar levels by adding too much or too little sugar in order to bottle condition.

Next up on my brew agenda is a nice smooth drinking witbier, a perfect compliment to the hot weather we’ve been experiencing.

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