Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Brewing Journal: Batch #4, Entry #3, Batch #5, Entry #1

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.