In spite of 3 boys to watch this was fun for us and was probably my smoothest and best "everything-worked-right" brew day. A big thank you to Donny (and Jack) for the assistance and company! Your interest and enthusiasm made my day.
This is a big beer calling for over 14 lbs. of grain for a 5 gallon batch. And for the first time ever my original gravity came in higher than the recipe called out, at 1.074 !!
In brief, what I did differently this time:
- Adjusted water chemistry
- Insulated my brew kettle/keg
- Used my new bucket and grate sparging method
- Used DME to hit my pre-boil gravity
- Aerated the wort with an aquarium pump