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September 22, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Brewing Season

carboy with air lock

A batch of Bucharoo Beer during secondary fermentation in a 6 gallon glass carboy with rubber cork and “s” shaped airlock.

Many people mark this time of year in US by their kids going back to school, the start of Football season, or the color of the leaves. In the Northwest it’s usually also marked by the return of cooler temperatures and pissing rain, but it seems like it’s been warmer and drier for longer than usual this year.

For this, I honestly can’t remember if I’m late getting to an inventory of my brewing supplies or if I pick it up this time every year? Unlike each batch, which I document to determine alcohol by volume and fermentation, the exercise of ordering supplies is something I don’t manage on paper. Maybe because I over buy? I’ve only been brewing for about four years. When I started brewing beer I ordered an excess of things like airlocks, Whirlfloc tablets, and sanitizer. I do the same with the main ingredients because it’s always better to have more hops, malt extract, and yeast on hand than one expects they might need, but for these freshness needs to be a consideration. The idea being not carry over too much.

Today I got down to business. It’d been a hard week and I was happy for the distraction of mindless lists and and the non-essential planning that is home brewing. My goal is simple; brew four batches, or about twenty gallons–enough for consumption and holiday giving. For my recipes that’s roughly 16 pounds of dry malt extract, 8 ounces of hop pellets, four Whirlfloc tables, four muslin bags, two pounds of speciality grains, and 30 grams of yeast. The rest of the essentials like priming sugar and water can be sourced from the kitchen.

So that’s what I sat down to order, along with an ample supply of airlocks, because I tend to break those despite the fact that the ones I use are made of plastic.

Next weekend I can finally get started as the temperature is forecast to be cool enough not to wig out primary fermentation.




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  1. andrewvokes / Oct 1 2014 11:22 pm

    The wife asked what I wanted for Xmas, so I told her… a home brew kit! Can’t wait to start!

    • Gregory Williams / Oct 2 2014 4:12 am

      Excellent! We’ll expect pics.

      The toddler helped me with a batch over the weekend so it was great fun, though we did make a bit of a mess while weighing the ingrediants.

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