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Friday night we got together to brew our EPA for the third time. To recap our first two sessions, the first had perfect bitterness, but was lacking the intense hop aroma and flavor we were looking for. Not bad for our first time brewing a new recipe. The second had a sweetness that masked pretty much all flavors and aroma. We pinned it down to our new/used corny keg that I didn’t properly clean. I solved this problem right away.

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There’s two of our kegs soaking, the third which is also soaking is not pictured. All components were disassembled, scrubbed and soaked in Oxyclean Free. A thorough rinse and sanitize and I surely will redeem myself!
Anyway, here is a pictorial of our evening. I know how much you like pictures!

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A big ol bag of grain ready to be crushed.

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Brian and “El Crushinator” crushing the grain.

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Doughing in.

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Reverse angle, close up shot doughing in.

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Dough in complete. Let’s give it 60 minutes.

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The first runnings. Because of the movie Cool Runnings, when I say first runnings I have to say it with a Jamaican accent.

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Check the first runnings once…

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Twice…

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Three times the laaaadaaaay! Sorry.

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TIM doing what TIM does best. On a side note, Seth’s latest add on to TIM, the one that involves diaper rash cream, worked beautifully.

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A closer shot of TIM’s handy work.

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The boiled and chilled wort filling the fermentation bucket. She’s pretty!

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Check the temperature, aerate, pitch the yeast and call it a night!

All in all it was another successful brew night. We hit all of our expected numbers and our efficiency was 85%. Not too shabby!

Until next time…

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