6 February 2010

posted by benjy edwards

We got a foot of snow yesterday, but we didn’t let that stop us from brewing.  I shoveled a path through the snow from the back door to the winter brewhouse and another path over to the water tap.  The propane supply was a bit low, but we got through the brew without running out.

The recipe is the third batch of milk stout, which in honour of the weather will be called Snowbound Stout.  Despite cutting back the total malt bill by a pound and a half, we achieved the same original gravity as the second batch, 1.062. The grain was the same, Maris Otter for the base, plus dark crystal, chocolate, and roast barley.  Two and a quarter pounds of lactose were added with 15 minutes left in the boil.

Hops were Bramling Cross and Goldings at 60 minutes, 30 IBUs, with no flavour or aroma hops in the stout.  The Simcoe Pale Ale brewed last week dropped to 1.012 and it was racked to a couple of corny kegs, each dry-hopped with an ounce and a half of more Simcoe.  One keg will condition naturally for serving on an engine, and the other was force-carbonated for co2 dispense.

Our now three year old son Colin continues to play an ever-increasingly active role in the brewing process.  He enjoys weighing and grinding the malt very much, and his favourite part, no matter the weather, is to be in charge of the wort chiller water output, helping to rinse out the brewing vessels.  He even helps scrub the hot liquor tank when we clean up!

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