Dec 22, 2016
15 lb Weyermann Pilsner
12 lb Flaked Wheat
3 lb Flaked Oats
1oz Columbus (13.4% AA) -- 60 min
1oz Mandarina Bavaria (7.2% AA) -- 15 min
1 oz Polaris (18.4% AA) -- 0 min
S-04 / One packet per 5gal -- Two fermenters
Fantome Hiver -- one fermenter
Water 1:1.3 qts:lbs
5ml Lactic Acid in Mash
Estimated Mash Ph 5.52
This was supposed to be an easy brew day, but the first couple hours were some of the most stressful ever. The washer on the false bottom did not sit flush, letting enough grain to get through to clog the whole recirculation which made it a struggle to keep the mash at 150 (155 was the intended mash temp). I ended up resorting to rebuilding my old cooler* mash tun and transferring the entire mash. Run off was a bitch, a real slow bitch. Enough was different with this beer, I decided to hop it differently and plan to brew the beer for barrel aging later.
Strike Temp - 166 - Aiming for 155, but pump issues.
Mash Temp - 150
First Runnings - 4.25 gal (it was a struggle) 1.072
Total Boil - 18 gal
Preboil Gravity - 1.038
O.G. - 1.045 - 15.5 gal
*There was a bit of a mildew smell early in the mash, but it faded. I had to make decisions on the fly. It sucked.