Centennial blonde brew day 1

Considering it is 2AM and I still have some cleaning to do in the morning, I’ve learned a few things brewing today.

1. When you plan for 6 hours thinking your being generous, actually set aside 8

2. Spend the day before brew day messing with calibrations to your new equipment

3. Start brewing Saturday morning. By the time you start your boil, it’s beer o’clock

4. Don’t be disheartened by poor efficiency on your first time with new equipment

6. Your mash tun steals over 10 degrees when warming up

7. Don’t start a post at 2 am

170F sparge water BURNS!!!

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Update (7/4):

First, let me say that I deviated from the recipe because I left out a pound of 2-row.

Brew log:

Basic Information
Batch Name: Centennial Blonde
Brewed By: Jeff
Style: Blonde Ale
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Mash Method: All Grain
Brew Date: 6/29/13
My Rating: 0/10

Typical Style Characteristics
Style: Blonde Ale
O.G. 1.038 – 1.054
F.G. 1.008 – 1.013
ABV 3.8 – 5.5%
IBU 15 – 28
SRM 3 – 6
Color

Calculated & Measured Statistics
Calculated O.G. 1.000 (70% Efficiency)
Calculated F.G. 1.011 (76% Yeast Attenuation)
Measured O.G. 1.044 (inf% Actual Efficiency)
Measured F.G. 0.000 (0% Actual Attenuation)
ABV 4.4%
IBU 0.0
SRM 0.0
Color

This has been my fermentation schedule so far:

Fermented 24H at 72ish (way too high I know)
Day 2: 20.5C
Day 3: 18.6
Day 4: 17.5
Day 5: 18

So it looks like I will continue to be bouncing between 17.5C and 18.5C for the rest of this fermentation. I have a lead on an air conditioner that should normalize my temps a bit more.

Fermentation Chamber

I almost have my fermentation chamber complete. Tomorrow I will insert a small fan in the fridge, add two handles, cut one or two insulated panels to shorten the chamber for only two carboys, and wire up the temp controller. I’ll add some more photos to this post when it’s complete.

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Centennial Blonde Recipe

Centennial Blonde

Blonde Ale by Jeff Rife (1)

  • TypeAll Grain
  • Efficiency70.0%
  • Batch size5.5 gal
  • Boil time60 min
  • Influence: Biermucher’s Centennial Blonde (some ingredients changed)

Fermentables

NAME AMOUNT USE PPG
 2-Row Brewers Malt 9.0 lb 75 % Mash 37
 Crystal 15 1.0 lb 8 % Mash 10
 2-Row Carapils® Malt 1.0 lb 8 % Mash 34
 Vienna Malt 1.0 lb 8 % Mash 35

Hops

NAME AMOUNT TIME USE FORM AA
Centennial United States 0.25 oz 55 min Boil Pellet 10.5%
Centennial United States 0.25 oz 35 min Boil Pellet 10.5%
Centennial United States 0.25 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 10.5%
Centennial United States 0.25 oz 5 min Boil Pellet 10.5%

Yeasts

NAME LAB ATTENUATION TEMP
Nottingham Ale Yeast WLP039 White Labs 77.8% 66°F – 70°F