Batch #4- tested gravity again and added bourbon-soaked oak chips and the bourbon they were soaking in. Gravity has not budged from 1.028 as tested on 9/13/10- this leads to a big hit of molasses on the front end followed by smoke and then the hops near the end- surprising sweetness, but not unpleasant in the end. I detect licorice in there somewhere, but Kate says she doesn't taste it. With that final gravity, 1.065 G - 1.028 FG = .037 X 135 = 4.995% ABV. It will sit for another week to condition before racking to a keg for carbonation.
Batch #5- Brewday. Scottish 80 shilling kit from Northern Brewer. Purchased 5 gallons of spring water and one gallon of distilled water. Brought 3 gallons to 170 degrees and steeped specialty grains for 20 minutes, then brought the wort to a boil and added 3.15 lbs golden liquid malt extract and 1 oz USA Fuggles hop pellets. Boiled for 45 minutes and added another 3.15 lbs of the same malt, boiled for 15 minutes more and chilled, strained wort into my 6-gallon Better Bottle and added spring and distilled water to make 5 gallons.