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Sunday, 01 February 2009

Really titled, what else can go wrong...

Recently working a nice light wheat beer for spring.   Nice...until my mash efficiency was off by a too high temperature, 170 degrees, work it down by adding in cooler water, but over-all effect was noticeable.  I increase the fermentables by working in some honey and brown sugar, thinking I'd recovered from the problem, i move on to cooling the wort.

I don't turn my back for a minute, and the 32 quart pot (8 gallons for the mathmatically challenged), now has about 6.5 gallons of wort, the wort chiller sprung a leak (hence the working title of this brew).  Not wanting un-sterilized water in the wort or increased volume of water in an already light beer, I return the wort for another boil.  Removing 1.5 gallons of water takes quite a bit of time and produce a large volume of steam.....

Steam that is vented out of the kitchen via the Microwave.....hmmm....kid needs hotdog, ever see a Microwave catch fire ?  Now my "Sprung a leak Wheat" has ruined a $250 microwave.  Finally I have the beer at an acceptable volume, though it is still weak.

Tasting the flat beer at bottling time reveals a definetly light taste, my first 3.2 beer!

On the bright side, the wife finally relents on the budget and purchases the outdoor beer making equipment ($300), as the cost of replacing the microwave on regular basis is not cost-effective !

Oh yeah, i'll update on the finished product, i'm hoping with carbonation the beer will be tasty.

Sunday, 01 February 2009 14:02:19 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | Fermentables |  Beer #
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